CBS News Reporter Says White House Screamed, Swore at Her for Reporting on Fast and Furious Gun Scandal

Posted on Oct 04, 2011 in Alphabet Agencies & Operations, Police, Military, & War

Kevin Hayden –

Source: Weekly Standard

The Fast and Furious scandal, in which the Justice Department knowingly gave Mexican criminal gangs thousands of guns, just keeps escalating. The latest development centers around whether or not Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about having knowledge of the controversial gun trafficking operation.

Recently released documents say Holder was briefed about the operation long before he told the Judiciary Committee he was first aware of what was going on.

Hayden’s Note:

Holder now claims he misunderstood the question that was being asked. Riiiiight.  If I were the top Attorney for the US, I would be easily confused by simple questions, too. “When did you hear about Fast and Furious?”  

“….uhhh, I don’t know.”  

“Can you rephrase the question?”

“I’m having a hard time hearing you.”

“Err, I have to take this call, be right back.”

Anytime politicians or officials wrangle their way out of important questions, they should be taken to the town square, placed in stocks, and …well, I better stop before I get some sort of terrorism charge for suggesting that our public officials maintain their oath and integrity and are held responsible when they fail to do so.  In fact, perhaps he should be charged with murder for the multiple Border Patrol agents who have been shot and killed with weapons smuggled through the ATF’s Fast and Furious scheme.  The ATF director already resigned.  That’s the least that scumbag Holder could do.  Perhaps he would even leave office with a bit of dignity intact.  Wait.  Who am I kidding?  He’s a lowlife #@(*%.

Here are a few other links for your reading pleasure…

ATF Fast and Furious: New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010.

Whitehouse Document Dump Raises Possibility of Second ‘Gunwalking’ Program


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. Here are the key excerpts from Attkisson:

Attkisson: In between the yelling that I received from Justice Department yesterday, the spokeswoman–who would not put anything in writing, I was asking for her explanation so there would be clarity and no confusion later over what had been said, she wouldn’t put anything in writing–so we talked on the phone and she said things such as the question Holder answered was different than the one he asked. But he phrased it, he said very explicitly, ‘I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.’

Ingraham: So they were literally screaming at you?
Attkisson: Yes. Well the DOJ woman was just yelling at me. The guy from the White House on Friday night literally screamed at me and cussed at me. [Laura: Who was the person? Who was the person at Justice screaming?] Eric Schultz. Oh, the person screaming was [DOJ spokeswoman] Tracy Schmaler, she was yelling not screaming. And the person who screamed at me was Eric Schultz at the White House.”

Finally, Attkisson notes that the White House is claiming that a thorough investigation of the scandal is unwarranted:

[The White House and Justice Department] will tell you that I’m the only reporter [covering the story] –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.

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