Democrats Show Partisan Hypocrisy in Contempt Treatments

Says the master of stonewalling, delay and obstruction…

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Hours after House Judiciary Committee Democrats voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for withholding parts of the Mueller report, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the House Oversight Committee settled the 2012 contempt case against the DOJ,” The Daily Caller observed. “The case, related to the ‘Fast and Furious’ document subpoena demanded of Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder when Republicans held the majority, is now considered settled, since Democrats became the majority in the lower chamber and Elijah Cummings became Oversight Committee Chairman.”

Old Bloody Hands” has come back full circle. That’s what I and the late Mike Vanderboegh, my colleague in exposing Fast and Furious “gunwalking” called Cummings for his repeated suppression of efforts to get the truth of government involvement in the deadly plan exposed, preferring instead to run interference for the Obama administration’s stonewalling and withholding of evidence.

Cummings had a personal culpability stake in seeing any investigation into “gunwalking” stonewalled, deflected and left to die on the vine. That’s because he was a member of the United States House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Domestic Policy when the Democrats were in the majority.

That was the body Mike and I wrote to—and encouraged readers to contact—back in Sept. 2009 in order to demand hearings into ATF corruption allegations:

“According to ATF employees who are risking their careers to post information on CleanUpATF.org: ‘Managers, Counsel, Internal Affairs and staff of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives have repeatedly given false testimony, concealed substantial waste, fraud, and abuse, abused their lawful authority, and waged systematic campaigns of reprisal against their own employees that dare to speak out…”

We wanted them to investigate serious complaints by veteran agents of unethical and criminal conduct. We – and they – were ignored and the conduct was allowed to continue while the Democrat-controlled Oversight Committee showed deliberate indifference to Democrat-controlled ATF corruption.

Put bluntly, had Rep. Cummings and his Democrat colleagues done their jobs back when they wielded the power, bad managers would have been identified and removed, meaning “Project Gunwalker” may very well never have happened and its victims would still be alive today.

It’s no surprise that Democrats today once more are intent on putting any official Fast and Furious inquiries into illegal activities behind them and instead want to focus public attention on non-crimes related to AG Barr’s summation and testimony on the Mueller investigation. Hundreds and counting died (and are still being victimized) from Fast and Furious – the only thing dying from the politically-motivated “Russian collusion” hoax is the truth. As such, they deserve moral contempt even if they’ll never prevail on a legal charge.

What too few, including The Daily Caller, seem to understand is that the cynical “gunwalking” scheme was also politically motivated. It’s disappointing to see a “conservative” journalism outlet repeating and parroting the ubiquitous “botched federal gun-tracking program” meme that misdirects from what really happened.

To this day, the dominant takeaway people have been subjected to is that it was a “botched gun sting.”  Even NRATV repeats that crap.

That’s despite whistleblower sources claiming in early January 2011, that guns were being walked “to pad statistics.” It was through these sources that Mike and I began investigating and reporting while “real reporters” ignored the story until information coming to light could no longer be contained, prompting many to manage and spin it instead.

Simply put: Guns recovered next to bodies at Mexican crime scenes could be traced to U.S. gun stores and that could be exploited to “justify” further domestic citizen disarmament efforts.

The alternative is to reject ATF sources who proved right about everything else and believe you can “track” guns by deliberately letting them escape across the border and into the wild, which is clearly an impossibility.

Almost eight years ago, colleague Kurt Hofmann made an observation that was spot-on accurate at illustrating how absurd that claim is. He recalled the Underpants Gnomes characters from South Park, and their “business model” for explaining why they were stealing them. Using that cartoon “logic,” this is what we’re expected to believe the Fast and Furious plan was:

Phase 1: Arrange for guns to be “walked” across the border.

Phase 2: ?

Phase 3: Bust the cartels!

Anyone making the “botched gun sting” claim had better be able to explain Phase 2 in detail.

Fast and Furious was mine-salting. It was also a violation of arms export control laws. And the only people still demanding those responsible for the resulting deaths be held accountable are a handful of us who have no power.

Those showing true contempt are members of Congress who suppressed evidence of real and deadly criminal activity and who are now fabricating accusations where no crimes have taken place. People like Rep. Jerry Nadler of House Judiciary, who would hold Barr in contempt but called that finding against Holder “shameful [and politically-motivated”…


About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 27 thoughts on “Democrats Show Partisan Hypocrisy in Contempt Treatments

    1. I wonder if the Dems realized they were going to stir the Fast & Furious pot all over again, when they went after Barr on a phony contempt charge? Could they be that stupid?

      “Trying to track the weapons….” Is pure BS!

      I believe the WH Office of National Security under Obama came up with the plan to walk guns to the cartels.

      How come Rep. Issa never called for testimony from the two career DoJ prosecutors who ran the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which is a major DoJ crime fighting component (Bruce Ohr currently runs it). Those two were in charge over the 18 month span of time it ran. They could have provided the required OCDETF Operational Plan, if one was ever authored. If it wasn’t the plan came from the top down to do it.

      Oh and don’t forget Mr. Mueller was the Director of the FBI at the time, and he has publicly stated he knew nothing about F&F, until after Brian Terry’s murder. This, even though the OCDETF requires all member agencies, including the FBI, review and approve the plan. Mueller didn’t know that his agents were sending their own informants into the Lone Wolf gun store, and making straw purchases, even though they were convicted felons. The FBI had of manipulated the NICS so the gun store owner wouldn’t get a hit.

      Why didn’t Mueller go after those in his agency that participated in F&F, without reporting up through the FBI chain of command. Where was his indignation that the DoJ would run F&F without telling him?

      Same goes for Janet Napolitano, former DHS Secretary, who had ICE agents assigned to the ATF squad that worked F&F on a daily basis.

      1. Because our US government , FBI, ATF, CIA has been and is currently being run by (EXcluding POTUS DJ Trump of course)con men, corrupt politicians, greedy no- accounts, political drunks, and prescription drug addicts.
        And it’s allowed by the many charlatans that hold seats in senate and congress. On BOTH sides, but more dems than repubs . Why do you hink the good ones quit? They know the score, that’s why. Just look at who we have to represent us. Now even NC’s Tom Tillis is acting like a anti trumper democrat schill. Can’t trust ANY of them in DC.
        Trump is the closest thing to “an honest man working to solve the USA’s real problems” we’ve had in 40+yrs.
        Obama was “the aborration” IMHO.

    2. Yeah, but all that dirty laundry got revealed when the GOP held the House, the Senate, and the White House back in 2016-7, right? Right?

      Bueller? Anyone?

    3. Cummings: what an ignoramise, he’s just an angry man who has no life. All that guy does is yell and flap his lips. Either his hemmorids are bothering him or he’s constipated and hasn’t taken a shit in 30yrs. Al sharpton must of pocket checked him every day so he could buy his rock cocaine. Cummings has a face that only a blind person could love clouriform didn’t work when his mom tried use it on him. Now blind people voted him in to office. He’s such a maroon that even the martians would not have him

    4. I don’t think this Cummins is operating with a full stack in the brain department. He seems to be slow on the draw and a lot of things gets by him in the committee hearings I have watched. In plain english, I don’t think he is very smart. His corruption comes from someone telling him what to do, not his own ideas. Maryland just keeps re electing him because the people that vote for him are no smarter than he is. He and Nadler are a real pair of dolts and they run committees in our congress?.

    5. Poor voting has consequences! How in heck do people keep voting for all the corrupt, power hungry liars and thieves in DC? America has gone from the smartest nation on earth to the current state of stupidity in just a few generations. The swamp needs to be drained by force.

    6. DON,T FORGET BORDER PATROL OFFICER BRIAN TERRY DIED FROM ONE OF THOSE FAST $ FURIOUS GUNS. WHERE IS THE JUSTICE FOR HIM AND HIS FAMILY !!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST LIKE 9/11 I WILL NEVER FORGET !!!!

    7. The author mentions BATFE specifically, but ALL Federal agencies operate the same way. No accountability, they ignore the law and their own regulations, but enforce them arbitrarily and capriciously on the public, depending upon who they like or dislike and who pays them off. The entire Federal government is a hypocritical, immoral criminal enterprise run by felons who just haven’t been charged yet because they are exempt from prosecution by their cronies.

    8. My grandfather always said “If you have any good qualities and want to get into politics, leave them home, you won’t need them.” It is still true today on both sides.

    9. The gun walking crap just proves how bad the democrats want to disarm all of the United States legal gun owners and they will go to any means to accomplish their goals.

      1. It is not just Democrats that want ti disarm the public. It is the Republicans too! Yeah, I know, some of the Republicans say they are for the 2nd. amendment and hunters rights, but knowing damn well the 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting. Unless they are talking about hunting corrupt politicians.
        Don’t let them fool you, they are one and the same, putting on a show, to keep our attention on one thing here while they are conspiring and doing something they do not want us to know about over there.
        Most all of them want the public disarmed but cannot come out strait about it because they know the result would not be good for them.

          1. I think Robert was referring to Republican politicians/POTUS. And he’s right. Who banned fully autos? Who banned Ars?. Who just banned bumpstocks? That one even startled me……..

    10. Good EDITORIAL. A lot of TRUTH is revealed here. ‘mr. cum-in’ needs to be REMOVED due to his ADULTEROUS MANIPULATION OF FACTS! A lot of DemocRATs in Md. MUST BE BRAIN DEAD to keep voting(?) for this LAW BREAKER (When you HIDE FACTS while in congress.). ‘mr. nadler’ is an embarrassment to all Patriotic Americans.

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