June 20th, 2012
06:25 PM ET
2 years ago

DNC Chair: Republicans are on a witch hunt

(CNN) - The head of the Democratic National Committee on Wednesday hit back against claims the Obama administration is using executive privilege to cover up facts in the so-called Fast and Furious case.

"It's clear that this is nothing more than a political witch hunt to distract from the fact that Republicans in Congress have no interest in focusing on what we need to focus on, which is jobs and the economy," Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

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A House committee voted along party lines Wednesday to cite Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over documents sought by the panel investigating the botched gun-running sting.

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama entered the dispute by asserting executive privilege over the documents sought by committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California

Wasserman Schultz, however, claimed Republicans were taking advantage of the issue to distract from voting on two major pieces of legislation this summer involving transportation and student loan interest rates.

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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Karen

    Just give congress the documents and lets move on. It is the job of congress to oversee the executive branch. People died as a result, and two false letters were given to congress. Now that it has been proven that the DOJ lied, don't they owe it to the people to stop wasting time and cough up the documents? Several whistleblowers are being threatened and Issa wants to protect them.

    June 20, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. Jules

    The GOP has been on a witch hunt since President Obama was elected. This is nothing new, it's just all they can find to hold a hearing on.

    June 20, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  3. dennis

    Why shouldn't the Republicans find a Witch, the Democrats found one.

    June 20, 2012 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  4. Jon

    Nice attempt by the Demos to create an illusion that they are doing nothing wrong ... President Obama and his administration would not need to defend themselves if they kept their promise about transparency. Makes you wonder what they are hiding. I do find it interesting that the Demos have unleashed their bulldog (DNC Chairwoman). This way they don’t have to say a word, and later get busted for lying.

    June 20, 2012 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  5. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of FAILURE

    Yeah.... Congress should just ignore the fact that the Obama adminstration's Dept. of "Justice" was running an illegal gun running operation supplying drug cartels with weapons across international borders with out the knowledge and cooperation of the other country resulting in the DEATH of a US Border Patrol agent and an untold number of Mexican citizens. Yeah, nothing out of the ordinary there to see. Just the usual Obama disregard for laws, international borders, etc.

    If I was Brian Terry's parents or part of the family, I'd be camping out of the steps of the Justice Dept. holding demonstrations until Holder resigned. He is a disgrace to this country and the office he holds. He needs to be tried for being an accessory in the murder of Brian Terry.

    June 20, 2012 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. California Gary

    The GOP has turned over every rock looking for a scandal they can pin on Obama and have come up empty. This is now their attempt to manufacture a scandal. Shameful........they have much more important things to devote their attention to. Issa is an idiot, and all who follow his lead will regret it in the long run.

    June 20, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Eric Holder and his boss have decided to take the low road in their response to this entirely appropriate investigation. He lied. He got caught. And he got Obama to cover for him. They both need to go. We can do better.

    June 20, 2012 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  8. New Age Independant

    Let see... 2000 guns found their way across the border. People died, and Democrats want to cover this up and/or blame it away. This administration has no shame, will stoop to anything to protest itself. Holder lying to Congress and gaving conflicting testimony, stalled and ultimately refused to turn over papers, and now with the executive privilege gives us a reason why. Obama had to be involved in direct discussions in the program.

    June 20, 2012 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  9. Pete

    She's right,Darrell Issa and company are doing everything to sidestep the issues,namely jobs,the economy,healthcare,the list goes on.He's just another corporate goon with nothing to do but feed his ego at tax payers expense.Order republicans to get to work or you're fired,pay on a productive basis.But if they did,they starve to death wouldn't they!!!

    June 20, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  10. Dustie

    Witch hunt? I cannot understand why the Obama administration and the DOJ and Holder are not as eager to get answers to the absurd Fast and Furious operation-as eager as the family of Brian Terry! The ATF has a history as a bureaucracy with failed operations and using poor judgment, so why protect those at the top of this disgraceful operation? Many of the American people are at the point now of nearly completely distrusting their government agencies. Where are the promises made by Obama for "transparency"? I thought that Bush operated as though he had to answer to no one, and voted for Obama for "hope and change". I don't like his imperial behavior, his failed domestic policies, his dangerous foreign policy, and the lack of transparency.

    June 20, 2012 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  11. Had enough of Obama's transparency

    So Obama was involved after all! Lets see the spin the liberals will try on this one!

    June 20, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  12. CBR

    There is no doubt that the Republicans in Congress have been looking for a smoking gun. Darryl Issa has spent three years trying to charge the Obama White House with something. He has been very willing to tell anyone who would listen just how bad he thinks this administration is. Of course, he said that on day on before they ever got started. He has been very vocal about the Attorney General as well. Thus the big "showdown" today.

    The AG had stated that he would work with Congress but Rep. Issa would never do so because he thinks he has the key to bringing down the Obama White House. All he has done is waste time and money and used this committee for his own ends.We have seen this all before.

    June 20, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    Every time Republicans control one or more house of Congress and a Democrat is President, they demand investigations. Every time Republicans control one or more house of Congress and a Republican is President, they impede investigations. When Democrats control one or more house, and a Republican is President, they only hold an investigation after members of the administration get arrested for something. Republicans also tank investigations that Democrats run by offering immunity to people who testify preventing their further prosecution.

    June 20, 2012 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  14. once upon a horse

    this seems to me to be a pure case of "you got OUR guy Alberto Gonzales so we're gonna get YOUR guy Eric Holder" just summer entertainment from Congress since they can't seem to get anything else done.

    June 20, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  15. RD, Progressive

    Is she kidding! The real issue is an American Law official died protecting our southern border. There should be no excuses for getting to the bottom of the issue and hold those accountable, wherever this leads. Executive Privaledge loks like someone is hiding something or they know they're culpable.

    DSW needs to side for the American people, not partisan politics

    June 20, 2012 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. livingston

    If a republican stubbed his toe on a chair they would demand that the President be brought up on charges for leaving in their way. Everything that they are trying just reeks is fear and desperation. Maybe the reason he won't hand it over is because it would effect national security. Maybe, just maybe, everything that happens doesn't need to be scrutinized by the prissy little schoolmarms who are just looking for any excuse (even if they have to create one) to say- "look at what he's doing – not what I haven't accomplished" Like the laser focus they have not had on the whole JOB situation!

    June 20, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  17. judy

    of course they are on a witch hunt. No bills passed to help middle class. Yet everything that comes up they want to investagate. Holder said the faf was a stupid program. They just want to see if they can get any info indicating how high up this went. President stopped them and now they are really pissed. Vote all repos out.

    June 20, 2012 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  18. Bill from GA

    When the Dems take back the House this fall, they should elect Debbie W-S to Speaker.
    Smart and tuff woman
    Go get me, Debbie!

    June 20, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  19. janerose

    If you have ever been the victim of a bully you would see republicans for what they are. Every time things can be interpreted both ways, here come the republicans and their "mean machine". Tired of hearing that machine crank up! First the engine roars then it spouts hate and innuendo meant to confuse and divide. Bullies.

    June 20, 2012 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  20. vic , nashville ,tn

    We agree , I never seen unproductive congress my life time

    June 20, 2012 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  21. Mike Dees

    There has been no coverage by ABC,NBC,CBS,MSNBC or CNN for over a year regarding the murder of a border patrol agent who used guns supplied to them by the Department of Justice. When it cannot be covered up any long, now everyone gets on board but with limited coverage. I suggest everyone watches Fox News and at least you can get the full story. The family has now filed a lawsuit so the cover up is done for now.

    June 20, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  22. Name JR

    Ask the Terry family if this is a witch hunt. This was not a holdover operation from the Bush admin. This is Atf's baby. All the family and I think honest Americans want to know is who is responsible and in what way were they disciplined. If not why.

    June 20, 2012 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Yes, Republicans are on a "Witch Hunt" and Darrell Issa is going to have his head handed to him on a plater when this backfires on him. Stay tuned people, the best is yet to come.

    June 20, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  24. lawswuire

    until today I viewed these hearings as a spitting contest between Issac & Holder with Issac being a bit of a bully. But with the President claiming executive privilege for some of the documents it ups the ante and moves this squabble into the realm of much thornier territory

    June 20, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. MaryM

    Where was the Repubs outrage when Bush lied about WMDs? HUH?

    June 20, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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