What’s more, CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson — who’s been covering the scandal from the beginning — says in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show today that the White House and Justice Department have taken to screaming at her for reporting on the story.
Click over and hear the interview. Attkisson, who is the only MSM journalist working the Operation Fast and Furious story with anything that resembles vigor, got a blessing out from the White House itself along with the earful from the Department of Justice.
Lest you think this isn’t about her Fast and Furious reporting, here’s a killer excerpt from the interview.
[The White House and Justice Department] will tell you that I’m the only reporter–as they told me–that is not reasonable. They say the Washington Post is reasonable, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable, I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.
I wish some of this had been in writing, but as Attkisson told Ingraham, the DoJ banshee refused to put anything she said in writing. I don’t blame her. If I had to hang my keister way out on a limb for a boss I knew could end up wearing a bright orange jumpsuit, I would do everything I could to reduce my keister-exposure. Hard times are coming, perhaps in the form of a special counsel, and the initial defense that Holder simply didn’t understand the question won’t fly in a perjury trial. Oh, and did I mention that the whole Black Panther voter intimidation story isn’t dead yet either?
That, of course, assumes that anyone would believe that Holder was confused. On that, Rep. Jason Chaffetz is more than a little bit puzzled. He was part of the hearing where Holder said he didn’t know about Operation Fast and Furious while it was fast and furiously shipping thousands of guns to Mexican killers. He remembers something that the Attorney General would probably rather he forgot.
Later in the hearing, Chaffetz followed Issa’s line of questioning on the topic. While talking with TheDC, Chaffetz references video of the hearing, where he restated Holder’s testimony to Issa. “You said it was in just the last few weeks that you had heard of this [Operation Fast and Furious], right?” Chaffetz asked Holder at the hearing. Holder didn’t object to Chaffetz’s characterization of his testimony, even though Chaffetz told TheDC he certainly had the opportunity to.
Though Chaffetz wouldn’t definitively say whether Holder committed perjury, responses from the Attorney General and his staff are troubling. “I was really surprised to hear the [DOJ spokesperson say that the Attorney General misunderstood the question,” Chaffetz said. “I restated what the Attorney General had said and he didn’t refute it. He had an opportunity to clarify and he obviously didn’t. So, for the spokesperson to say the Attorney General misunderstood the question doesn’t hold any water.”
Oh, dear, Mr. Attorney General Holder. This does not look good at all. Not at all.
I don’t want to engage in any irrational exuberance here, but the possibility that all the stuff the progressive left imagined would happen to the Bush administration — the hearings, the arrests, the political ruin — could very well happen to the Obama administration makes me just a little bit giddy. I had to endure eight years of the left’s Chimpy McHitlerChaneyBurton nonsense. I’m long-past ready to serve them heaping plates of crow.