White House very nervous about coverage of Fast and Furious
This has become an extremely
sensitive issue at the White House and for good reason; Holder may have been
caught in a lie in his testimony before Congress.
Note: Congressional perjury usually
sends the transgressor to jail.
A CBS reporter, Sharyl Atkisson,
told Laura Ingraham (via Weekly
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
[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
For Watergate buffs, that sounds
eerily like the advice given to Ben Bradlee by the Nixon White House. Press
Secretary Ron Zeigler angrily called Bradlee, executive editor at the time, and
complained that no one else in the country was worried about this break in story
except the Post. If history is any guide, and I were CBS, I would redouble my
efforts to get to the bottom of this story.
called for a special prosecutor and they will probably get it. But Holder is
smart enough to know his orders without asking; stall, stonewall, obstruct as
much as possible, as long as possible, in order to drag the investigation out
beyond the election.
See also: Fast
and Furious: Let It Bleed