Unbiased and Honest Democrats: Please Explain, In Light Of This, Why Anyone Should Trust This Administration

"Gee. Thanks."

“Gee. Thanks.”

Jonathan Turley informs us:

The Justice Department has previously been held in contempt by Congress and hit with increasingly tough court orders from a federal judge over its obstruction of efforts to secure evidence in the notorious Fast and Furious operation. Many have accused Attorney General Eric Holder of acting blatantly political in withholding documents to protect Democrats from backlash before the elections. As if to prove that view, the Justice Department waited until late on election eve to finally dump more than 64,000 pages of documents congressional lawmakers have been seeking for years. The timing was almost taunting in its impact. Guaranteeing that the content could not be viewed before people voted, the Obama Administration’s long obstruction resulted in this troubling image of a politically timed release….The election eve dump to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee involved 64,280 pages withheld for years by the Obama Administration.

If you want to read the typical Republican outrage and the routine, “Oh, no, we are just trying to cooperate with this witch hunt” White House response, go here. Ethically, the conduct speaks for itself, however:

1. In litigation, this might  be called discovery abuse. Discovery abuse is unethical.

2. The Obama Administration has mastered the art of late Friday and mid-major news development releases of information that the public might find disturbing. This was one of the more flagrant examples.

3. As in other areas, Obama borrowed this practice from the Bush administration, which took its hand-off from the Clinton White House. Then Obama took it to levels the others never envisioned. This, of course, allows Democrats to defend the practice by saying “Bush”—whom they reviled—“did it too.” I will not be kind to defenses of this sort.

4. It is flogging a dessicated horse to point this out now, but here is the President’s pledge on the White House website:

Memorandum for the Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies

SUBJECT:      Transparency and Open Government

My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

Government should be transparent.  Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing.  Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use. Executive departments and agencies should harness new technologies to put information about their operations and decisions online and readily available to the public. Executive departments and agencies should also solicit public feedback to identify information of greatest use to the public.

5. None of this apparently applies to loyal Obama hatchet man and outgoing AG Eric Holder.

6. Look up “appearance of impropriety,” and a picture of this document dump is under the entry. OK, not really, but it would be appropriate.

7. Have you heard or read about this in the major news media outlets? No, you probably haven’t, because a) most of them are too busy spinning the Democrat election losses, b) most of them aren’t interested in publicizing conduct that makes the Obama Administration look exactly as conniving and focused on covering up its botches and misdeeds as it really is, and c) the tactic works.

(Yes, I’m especially bitter, disgusted and cynical today. Personal stuff. Bear with me.)


Pointer: Jonathan Turley

Facts: CNN


21 thoughts on “Unbiased and Honest Democrats: Please Explain, In Light Of This, Why Anyone Should Trust This Administration

  1. I note, with some amusement, that this post has been up for 2 hours and has not yet garnered a response from a Democrat.

      • I figured on hearing from you! Actually, it’s a trick question, since unbiased and honest Democrats,like you, can only shake their heads about this kind of thing and weep. Democrats who answer, “They have no choice, since the crazies led by Darrell Issa are leading a witch hunt!” are by definition not unbiased, or not being honest. If there is nothing to hide, why not hand everything over to the Committee?

  2. I am concluding that most honest and unbiased Democrats are too disgusted to focus on this as they listen to the excuses and rationalizations being offered by Pelosi, Earnest (who even refused to admits the Democrats “lost”), MSNBC (Maddow said that the GOP won the election but the Democrats “won the argument”), the New York Times, Slate, in which William Salatan called a massive rejection a “victory for the Left,” and especially Salon, which has now disgraced itself beyond all recovery.

    Of course, anyone who seriously argues that Wendy Davis deserved a single vote after the cheap, lying, vicious, dirty, amateurish campaign she ran is disgraced beyond all recovery.

  3. I have read that there are ATF whistleblowers who have come forward to shed light on this program. The picture presented is much darker than the Republicans have suggested. The outline of this program follows:

    (1) Pressure legitimate gun dealers to sell firearms illegally so they can be smuggled into Mexico.
    (2) Claim that they are trying to track the paths the guns take and then recover them later.
    (3) Track the paths the guns are taking, but make no effort to recover them. Through cooperation with Mexican authorities make sure they are traced back to the US gun dealers when they are used in crimes in Mexico .
    (4) Use the information as evidence that lax US gun laws are resulting in deaths in Mexico. Push for stricter gun control measures based on this evidence, betraying the gun dealers they pressured into this operation in the first place.

    If this is true, it completely explains why this administration has been willing to go to the wall to keep these documents secret. It also explains why Eric Holder has to resign before these documents can be examined fully. It would be easier for him to avoid prosecution if he has already resigned.

    In a nutshell, this story holds that the Obama administration secretly smuggled guns into Mexico so they could be used in crimes killing untold numbers of Mexican citizens just to manufacture support for his gun-control agenda.

    I am waiting to see if any evidence for this idea surfaces in the analysis of these documents.

    • When I read your comment, Michael, I made the comment to my wife that I had a bit of trouble believing even this administration could be this callous. Her reply was worth noting. “When you combine this level of incompetence with the level of narcissism exhibited by this administration…you have the Perfect Storm”. To be honest, this scares the hell out of me. What will they NOT do?

      • I hope the above series events is not what actually happened. I just an article about some ATF whistleblowers who stated that was why they blew the whistle. A few days later Holder announced he was resigning just as it was announced he would have to turn over the Fast and the Furious documents. It made me wonder…coincidence…?

    • Question about Step 1): HOW does the government “pressure” gun dealers to break the law?

      (Full disclosure: I might, emphasize MIGHT, know ONE of the possible answers. I just want to see if I will read somebody else here giving that answer (but if someone gives it, I will not say “Bingo”). Two hints: (1) It’s technical, in an administrative sense, and (2) it relates to the State Department, not ATF.)

      • Well, gun dealers have to have a federal firearms license. They get this license from the ATF. It is the same as if you are a bar and the alcohol authority in your state comes by and strongly ‘suggests’ that you cooperate with a sting operation they have going on. To not cooperate will possibly make your retention of your liquor license difficult.

  4. The intersection between politics and ethics is, unfortunately, accidental at best. This is a “dog bites man” story, which is the saddest commentary of all.

    Discovery abuse is the normal state of affairs. Why? Because no one does anything about it. You do know that you can file a complaint against Holder’s law license, don’t you? Don’t just kvetch; be a part of the solution!

    You could register my disgust, except for the fact that my reservoir is dry.

  5. The DOJ is an open sewer under the Obama administration. Any competent, minimally ethical administration would have at least ameliorated the problem.

    That the previous administration’s DOJ was of a piece is not just no excuse, it aggravates the offence,

  6. Well, I’m a lefty Liberal, but I ain’t no Democrat. I’m unaffiliated, because I can’t check any of the boxes for any political party because there are too many asshats doing crap like this and trying to say it’s ok. Disgusting. Also, I binge read this late at night usually, so I can’t be timely in my responses.

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