Al Sharpton’s diatribe shows that his intellectual heft is missing. What he lacks in intellectual heft, he makes up for in spin:
First things first, let’s remember that Fast and Furious was created under the Bush Administration. While Republicans are busy denouncing the practice for its flaws, they fail to mention that AG Holder was the one who ended the program. Since the so-called investigation (a.k.a. witch hunt) began, the Justice Department has handed over more than 140,000 documents, 7,600 pages and participated in 8 hearings before Congress. Not only did Issa and his counterparts never go after previous attorneys general or the Bush Administration itself, but they continue to treat AG Holder as if he is indeed guilty of the most egregious crime. It is the same sort of tactic we see utilized against the hundreds of thousands of innocent individuals stopped and searched by police. They have no weapon, haven’t committed an offense, yet somehow ‘appear’ as a culprit.
First, Chairman Issa isn’t going after the Bush administration because the guns from Operation Wide Receiver were recovered.
Second, Chairman Issa’s committee is investigating Holder’s DOJ because they can’t seem to get their stories straight about who knew what when.
Third, and most importantly, this investigation is going forward because a US border patrol agent was assassinated on Holder’s watch.
Sharpton’s bluster that “AG Holder is being profiled, stopped and searched” is racist spin. If Janet Reno had been the AG when this happened, Chairman Issa would’ve conducted the same type of investigation. When DOJ operations result in the death of a US border patrol agent, the investigation must be tenacious. It must insist on finding out the whole truth, politics be damned.