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Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder’s Changing Fast and Furious Testimony to Congress
For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn’t involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program.
Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder’s changing testimony to Congress.
More from Judicial Watch:
Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation broke in the media.
The files received by JW include three electronic mails between Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sharyl Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.
This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at DOJ.
The description of one of the e-mails, written from Jarrett to Holder, reads, “re: personnel issues.” Another, also from Jarrett, reads, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future responses in light of recent development in congressional investigation.” Unfortunately, the index is vague and that’s all the information we have about them. Nevertheless, given the timing and subject of these e-mails, it seems clear that Jarrett quickly became a key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up in the immediate aftermath of the revelation that Holder had lied to Congress.
Despite evidence showing Attorney General Eric Holder lied about when he became aware of Operation Fast and Furious and about the extent of his involvement with the initiation of the program, he has maintained that the testimony he gave under oath to Congress was “truthful and accurate.”
This Is How the War On Women Meme Ends
This morning, the Wall Street Journal reports on a stunning development in three key Senate races. In Colorado, Iowa, and Arkansas, the gender gap is shifting against the Democrats.
In a warning flag for Democrats, recent polls suggest the party is failing to draw enough support from women in three key Senate races—in Iowa, Arkansas and Colorado—to offset the strong backing that men are giving to Republicans. Surveys this week in Arkansas and Colorado for the first time also showed the GOP candidates pulling even or ahead of Democrats among women voters, threatening to close the gender gap that has been a cornerstone of Democratic electoral strategy for decades.
While the situation remains fluid, an erosion in the Democrats’ traditionally large advantage among women would be perilous for the party, especially in an election year in which men, who favor Republicans overall, are showing a greater enthusiasm for voting. Democrats are making a particular effort to mobilize unmarried women—their strongest supporters, but a group that tends to skip midterm elections. However, the rise of national-security concerns and low approval ratings for President Barack Obama may undercut that effort.
In a recent interview with The Federalist, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the case that the “war on women” has essentially played itself out over the course of the 2014 cycle, as vulnerable Democrats doubled down on it one too many times and Republicans learned to fight back against the idea.
It is to be hoped that the dimwit Dems will continue to use both of their overplayed memes. A. Calling everyone that disagrees with Obama and his policies a racist and B. suggesting that any critisizim of a woman is a “war” on her while saying horrible things about conservative women. Even some of the brain-dead women voters who supported Obama so girlishly are now seeing that maybe he ain’t all that.
Hillary Clinton: Business Don’t Create Jobs!
This video is sure to make a glorious return in a couple of years. In it, Hillary Clinton disparages the entire capitalism system in one revealing sentence.
Aside from Hillary’s actual words, notice how she’s dry-washing her hands as she winds up to the line. It’s not an off-the-cuff mistake. It’s obviously a line that she knows is coming and is preparing to deliver with relish.
Politico plays this quote as a Hillary vs. Elizabeth Warren thing, which it undoubtedly is. Hillary spends a lot of time in the story driving a knife in Warren’s back while smiling that smile of hers the whole time.
But it tells us so much about Hillary Clinton.
“Don’t let anybody tell you that raising the minimum wage will kill jobs,” Clinton said. “They always say that.”
“They” being the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, which predicts that raising the minimum wage could destroy half a million jobs. Aren’t “they” horrible?
“I’ve been through that. My husband gave working families a raise in the 1990s,” Clinton said, saying she herself voted for raising the minimum wage when she served as a senator from New York. “Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”
The quote comes out of the context of Warren’s challenge to Clinton from the left, and charges that Clinton has been too close to Wall Street for the left’s liking. Clinton is trying to shore up her leftwing bonafides to head off Warren’t challenge.
But, if corporations and businesses don’t create jobs, then who does? Is it government? Does Hillary Clinton really believe that? Does Hillary Clinton really believe that no one should believe that businesses and corporations create jobs?
Or is she so unprincipled and such a coward in the face of even mild criticism of capitalism from the left, from a fake Indian academician no less, that she is prepared to attack it and even sacrifice it if that helps her achieve her ambitions?
Remember the Ben Shapiro video I posted yesterday where he made repeated remarks about Hillary riding her husband’s coattails? I thought that was a bit harsh. Then you have her basically “riding his coattails” by referring to what he did. Is she claiming she’s Bill Clinton? Is she just the “little woman” who must have the big strong man to back her up?
Michelle Nunn has the momentum, but Georgia’s runoff system is not her friend
by Aaron Blake
Update: A new CNN/Opinion Research poll on Friday showed Democrat Michelle Nunn leading Republican David Perdue by three points in the Georgia Senate race, 47-44. That’s within the margin of error, but it reinforces the increasing likelihood that this race could be headed for a runoff. With that in mind, we are re-posting our runoff primer from two weeks ago below, with updates.
Do you folks love the 2014 election?… Anybody?
Well, in case you do, good news! It might last a couple more months. That’s because it’s looking increasingly likely that the Georgia Senate race is headed for a runoff. And that runoff, as it happens, wouldn’t even be decided in 2014. It would be decided on Jan. 6, 2015, just more than two months after Election Day. That’s right, D.C. reporters — New Year’s in Atlanta!
Washington Post’s All-Male Masthead Somehow Eludes Rachel Maddow’s Scrutiny
Hard to believe Rachel Maddow would let this pass had it been the Wall Street Journal or Washington Times instead. Responding to news of the death of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, Maddow recounted Bradlee’s three-decade long tenure at the Post, the sole daily newspaper in his career.
The paper’s masthead on Tuesday still included Bradlee’s name, Maddow pointed out, with the masthead being shown — Ben Bradlee retired from the Washington Post in 1991 but he did stay active as a vice president at large for the paper.
This is today’s edition of the Washington Post. You can see Ben Bradlee’s name still appears in that role on the newspaper’s masthead.
No surprise here – Maddow, like most of her ilk, are hypocrites and serenely accept behavior from the left that they excoriate when it comes from the right. That’s why I ignore anything they say as not worth my time. Except like now when I point out their hypocrisy again. And again. And, well you know.
But hey, keep voting for Democrats all you poor folks!
Early Voting Turnout for Republicans in Iowa is Unprecedented
New Ad Slams Nunn for Blindly Following President Obama
Jim Jordan Presses HHS Official on WFB Reporting of Wasteful NIH Spending
Korean War Veteran Fighting Homeowners Association for Right to Keep Flying American Flag
My advice to anyone would be to avoid buying a house in a community with a “Homeowners Association”. You have to know that they are run by busybody dictator types that want you to conform to what they believe. Avoid them and let those neighborhoods consist of like-minded tyrants.
Meet The Dimmest Dems
You just cannot make up this kind of nonsense. Wendy Davis rising star seems to be crashing back to earth where just wearing pink tennis shoes and supporting late term abortion isn’t as popular as the donks thought they would be.
It’s a great day for America — or is it? Because today is National Talk-Show Host Day. Yep. That is a real thing. How sad is that?
“National Talk-Show Host Day” is the day we honor middle-aged white guys brave enough to mock the misfortunes of others from the safety of their TV studios. Hooray!
There is a big party tonight at the late-night talk-show host clubhouse. No women or minorities allowed. Hey, I didn’t make the rules! ~ Craig Ferguson
There’s No Place Like Utopia
The Poison Tree
Islamic State and Hamas are branches of single Islamist threat
Who says Obamacare isn’t major factor in midterms?