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A federal judge ordered President Obama’s team to hand over some documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious and to provide a list of withheld documents.
Once House Republicans see the list of withheld documents, they will have a chance to challenge the withholding of particular documents.
“This Administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) said of the ruling. “The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”
Holder was held in contempt in 2012 after he refused to produce 1,300 pages of documents subpoenaed by Issa’s committee. Obama said that the documents were shielded from congressional review by executive privilege.
“How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement?” Senator Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) said at the time. “How can the president exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme?”
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “signaled that under the ruling she would devise, DOJ would have to persuade her on each document as to why she should allow Holder to withhold it from Congress” when she heard the case in May, according to Breitbart’s Ken Klukowski.
Tuesday on BBC’s “Newsnight,” political activist Cornel West hammered President Barack Obama on his reaction to the Michael Brown case calling it “disgusting.”
West pointed out the president put out a statement on the death of actor Robin Williams days before he addressed the Brown death.
West railed against the president saying, “His words reek of political calculation rather than moral conviction.”
Slamming Obama’s reaction as not only “weak and timid,” but he added, “I just think it’s disgusting. It’s disgusting to have a black president unable to keep track about what’s going on among the young black youth or any poor youth.”
Hammering the “low quality black leadership in America.” West then went after Al Shrpton as “an apologist for the Obama administration” who sweeps into these crisis for photo-ops not justice.
Speaking to Barack Obama’s tenure in office today, Mitt Romney said “It’s been a good deal worse than even I expected. I was not a big fan of the president’s policies, as you know, either domestically or internationally. But the results of his mistakes and errors, in my opinion, have been more severe than even I would have predicted.”
On the stump with fellow Republicans in West Virginia, Romney cited “unrest in the Ukraine, the rise of the Islamic State terrorist group and stubborn economic woes in the United States” as specific points of criticism.
“I think he underestimated the plans and objectives of [President] Vladimir Putin in Russia. I think he made mistakes in Iraq by not putting in place a status of force agreement. And a number of things where I think he was in the wrong posture,” he said.
Mr. Romney has been aggressively campaigning for Republican candidates in the midterm elections, stirring speculation that he will again run for president in 2016. He insists, however, that he will not run again and that his goal is only to boost the party.
“I’m not running,” he said. “I’m expecting to be getting behind some good people or a good person who will be [the Republican nominee].”
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other top Democrats are increasingly frustrated with how disengaged President Obama is, according an article in the New York Times.
The story, by reporters Carl Hulse, Jeremy Peters, and Michael Shear, is the second highly critical Obama story this week from the Times, which earlier noted that Obama was crafting his use of executive power “almost entirely behind closed doors” with “lobbyists and interest groups.”
The article reveals that Obama coolly dismissed Reid during a meeting with Sen. Mitch McConnell and two other members of Congress in a meeting in June.
“You and Mitch work it out,” Obama said quickly after Reid complained about Republicans blocking the confirmation of U.S. ambassador nominees.
According to the Times, Reid “seethed quietly” during the rest of the meeting.
“After his return to the Capitol that afternoon, Mr. Reid told other senators and his staff members that he was astonished by how disengaged the president seemed,” the Times reports.
Notably, following the conflict with Reid, Obama disparaged Republicans in August for blocking ambassador nominations at a time when the world was in crisis.
“Even basic things like approving career diplomats for critical ambassadorial posts aren’t getting done,” he said during his pre-vacation press conference, criticizing Senate Republicans for briefly blocking the new ambassador to Russia.
Do you notice how impatient Barry always looks? As though he’s tired of being bothered with the issues a President of the United States should be taking an active role in? The list of who Obama hasn’t cheesed off must be getting very short…
Ferguson? Major riots, Obama & Holder involved. One innocent white journalist brutally beheaded by ISIS? Not one peep from the White House. Oh we forgot, Obama’s on vacation again…
‘American bombing had signed my death certificate': Missing US journalist James Wright Foley goes unflinching to his death as ISIS behead him in horrific video, as a warning to Obama
Horrific video of American freelance photo-journalist James Wright Foley, 40, being beheaded by ISIS in revenge for US airstrikes 12-days ago in Iraq was posted to the internet Tuesday afternoon.
Foley, has been missing since November 2012, after being taken hostage at gunpoint while reporting from Taftanaz, in northern Syria, for the agency GlobalPost.
ISIS posted the extremely graphic video shot at an unknown location, titled ‘A Message to America’ to social media as proof of their barbaric actions.
In a chilling warning at the end of grisly film, the executioner, who speaks with what sounds like a British accent, parades another American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing in August 2013, saying: ‘The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision.’
Guess Barry hasn’t caught the news yet tonight…
President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.
Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.
Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.
Judicial Watch estimates the extra roundtrip cost $1.1 million. Only daughter Malia accompanied Obama back to Washington.
Speculation for why Obama returned focused around the possibility of a secret foreign leader meeting or the roll out of a new administration initiative on immigration or corporate taxes.
On Thursday, Major General Harold Green was laid to rest in Arlington Cemetery. MG Green is the highest ranking US officer to die in combat since MG George Casey was killed in Vietnam on July 7, 1970, he was killed August 5 by an Afghan soldier who was being trained by NATO troops.
On Martha’s Vineyard, his Commander in Chief was playing golf with celebrities on Martha’s Vineyard. That tells you all you need to know about the contempt Obama has for the men and women in uniform.
Guess there was no line-of-sight from Martha’s Vineyard’s golf course to Arlington…
Who relegated his position to others long ago…
Hours prior to taking off for his Martha’s Vineyard millionaires’ paradise vacation, White House staff in conjunction with someone from the Pentagon, attempted to update the president on international security concerns, namely those focused on both Syria and Iraq, as well as the ongoing Gaza conflict, an attempt that was brushed off by a clearly annoyed Barack Obama who wanted nothing more than to turn his back on the demands of a job he long ago grew tired of.
Blinken entered Barack Obama’s private, second floor study and then soon after was seen following the president down the hallway adjacent to Valerie Jarrett’s office with the Pentagon official in tow. A clearly annoyed President Obama waved away Blinken’s attempt to have a moment to update the president on the various situations in the Middle East, the Commander in Chief mumbling the following as he then quickened his pace toward the Private Residence:
“Don’t bother me with this sh*t. Update Susan or take it to Denis. You know the drill.”
Blinken and the Pentagon official were left standing in the middle of the second floor hallway and then soon after made their way back downstairs to the West Wing.
It’s just not fun anymore, is it Barry…