John Barrow to support House contempt vote against U.S. attorney general

One day after announcing that he couldn’t spare time to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, U.S. Rep. John Barrow of Augusta has decided to draw an even brighter line between himself and President Barack Obama. He’ll vote today to Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failure to turn over documents related to the “Fast and Furious” program.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta. AP/John Bazemore

U.S. Rep. John Barrow, D-Augusta. AP/John Bazemore

He’s likely to be the only Georgia Democrat to support the GOP effort.

Barrow’s statement:

“For me, this investigation has been about justice for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and his family. While Republicans and Democrats argue over the scope of the people’s right to know what happened, the Attorney General has decided to withhold relevant documents. The only way to get to the bottom of what happened is for the Department of Justice to turn over the remaining documents, so that we can work together to ensure this tragedy never happens again.”

By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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Intown

June 27th, 2012
11:58 am

the last blue dog in Georgia?

Republican fail america

June 27th, 2012
12:01 pm

We should fire all republican and under cover democrate republican. I am going to make sure we vote all these republicans out of the office. John Barrow need to lose his seat.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
12:10 pm

As I stated a few days ago, that border agent would never have been killed except for F&F. Those in the cartel would never have been able to buy guns in TX, AZ or NM otherwise, due to the strict enforcement of gun sales out west and in the south. (ROFLMAO)

DannyX

June 27th, 2012
12:26 pm

Auntie Christ is right. If there are firearms crossing the border into Mexico its insignificant, only 2,000 per day. Strict laws in Arizona allow individuals to purchase as many firearms as they want. There are only 853 federally licensed firearms dealers in the Phoenix area which is very far from the Mexican border, 200 miles away.

Bob Loblaw

June 27th, 2012
12:29 pm

Last Blue Dog, period.

Darwin

June 27th, 2012
12:30 pm

How sad. I guess nobody knows that F&F started with the Bush presidency. Bush W (for Who?).

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

To me he’s just a flea-bitten, mangy, cur dog, blue or otherwise.

Carole

June 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

I sense a party-jumper soon.

BOB FROM ACCOUNT TEMPS

June 27th, 2012
12:34 pm

Darwin

June 27th, 2012
12:30 pm

then why doesn’t holder and the potus dump it all at bush’s doorstep? why play hide and seek with the emails?

SBinF

June 27th, 2012
12:35 pm

http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/

Barrow should do a bit of research first. It appears F&F is all but cooked up by the Right.

This is a very long read, but well worth the time.

SBinF

June 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

There’s the rub.
Quite simply, there’s a fundamental misconception at the heart of the Fast and Read More… Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tell Fortune that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn.

SBinF

June 27th, 2012
12:36 pm

Indeed, a six-month Fortune investigation reveals that the public case alleging that Voth and his colleagues walked guns is replete with distortions, errors, partial truths, and even some outright lies. Fortune reviewed more than 2,000 pages of confidential ATF documents and interviewed 39 people, including seven law-enforcement agents with direct knowledge of the case. Several, including Voth, are speaking out for the first time.

SBinF

June 27th, 2012
12:37 pm

Issa’s claim that the ATF is using the Fast and Furious scandal to limit gun rights seems, to put it charitably, far-fetched. Meanwhile, Issa and other lawmakers say they want ATF to stanch the deadly tide of guns, widely implicated in the killing of 47,000 Mexicans in the drug-war violence of the past five years. But the public bludgeoning of the ATF has had the opposite effect. From 2010, when Congress began investigating, to 2011, gun seizures by Group VII and the ATF’s three other groups in Phoenix dropped by more than 90%.
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For those of us lacking the capacity to read more than three paragraphs at a time….here are some highlights.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
12:39 pm

Darwin, in the republican universe the world began on Jan 20, 2009. Before that date, it was a pristine paradise, no deficits, no wars, no national debt, no F&F, no illegal aliens and everywhere was joy and laughter. Then that evil Obama came and brought all those aforementioned plagues upon this great nation. If you don’t believe this turn on pox news, they’ll tell you.

Road Scholar

June 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

Wait. The NRA says that guns don’t kill people; people kill people. To get the family justice…which is what I believe in.. then find the killer and try/kill him. You are delusional that the killer could only get a gun from F&F. Are the conservatives saying the NRA is wrong?

GaBlue

June 27th, 2012
12:40 pm

So sick of pandering cowards. Who’s going to stand up and point out the elephant in the room? Mexican drug cartels thrive and slaughter because our money-sucking, black-hole drug war is a disaster of epic proportions.

Now the pro-gun crowd is blaming Democrats when an agent on our border with Violent Drug Cartel Land is killed by bullets? How utterly disingenuous, and yes, cowardly. If you’ve ever sent Wayne LaPierre and his lying goons a single dime, you’re culpable, so own up to it.

Kris

June 27th, 2012
12:47 pm

NRA pressure could push some Dems to vote contempt for Holder

I do not recall voting for any one named NRA in to office

Read this on CNN (sorry Jim)

“When asked in his weekly session with reporters to give an estimate of how many Democrats might defect on the vote, Rep Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, replied “I can’t.”
Hoyer immediately pointed out that the NRA has “weighed in on this issue” and acknowledged “there are some members who will consider the recommendations of the NRA.”

I wonder when a democrat jumps sides to become a repub…Does it hurt when they get their man parts removed?
. History is a hard drug indeed and mystery is its main chemical component.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
12:52 pm

Bob at 12:34 asked: “then why doesn’t holder and the potus dump it all at bush’s doorstep? why play hide and seek with the emails?”

Because as Holder has stated, the documents being withheld have to do with an ongoing investigation. We keep seeing crocodile tears from the likes of issa nd barrow over the death of a border agent, yet they would jeopardize the prosecution of those responsible (if indeed someone is culpable), just to show up the DoJ. Political grandstanding at it’s worst. issa is scum.

JustMe

June 27th, 2012
12:53 pm

The problem is that this whole thing started with the Bush administration, but I don’t see anyone mentioning it (especially the GOP – of course) and see all the blame being shifted to the Obama administration. Why is that?

Right

June 27th, 2012
12:55 pm

…and yet, no investigation into the fraud that led to the Iraq invasion….and subsequent deaths of our soldiers for nothing. I’ll never trust this current version of the GOP.

yellowdog

June 27th, 2012
12:57 pm

yet another panderer; just wants to keep his job and get the votes…..makes me ill.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

June 27th, 2012
12:59 pm

hahaha god i love democrats misery..

Schadenfreud is better than sex

Interested Observer

June 27th, 2012
1:02 pm

An independent, traditional conservative Georgia Democrat cut from the same cloth as Sam Nunn – John Barrow having the courage of his convictions is something that should be applauded, not denigrated.

Real world

June 27th, 2012
1:04 pm

Darwin, It is pretty sad you don’t know your history. Operation Wide Receiver was started under Bush (2006-2007), but involved about 500 guns, and each had a tracking device in them. F&F, under Obama (2009- ?) had four times the amount and no tracking devices. Wide Receiver was stopped once the ATF determined the cartels had found the tracking devices and began removing them. Since F&F had not way to track the guns, it wasn’t shut down untill Agent Terry was killed.

Nice try to blame Bush (as usual from a liberal), but your facts don’t hold up.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
1:08 pm

To Interested Observer: Joining a witch hunt for the sole purpose of political gain and votes requires no courage or conviction, just a willingness to sell out. Get up to date on what this ‘investigation’ is all about, It definitely aint about justice.

ironosaur

June 27th, 2012
1:14 pm

I’m outraged by your outrage.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
1:22 pm

to real world: so bush is off the hook because the agent was killed by a gun supplied during the Obama administration, instead of one supplied during the bush junta. Just imagine if bush had had the foresight to insist that the DoD change the name of the Iraq war to Joe’s war, then nobody could blame bush for all the soldiers killed after 1/20/09, because they were unlucky enough to be killed in Joe’s war. Operation Wide Receiver, nothing wrong with that program, but operation Fast & Furious, bad, bad, bad.

Don't tread

June 27th, 2012
1:23 pm

Good for John. He gets the point.

Holder believes himself to be above the law and should be gone. His boss has the same attitude and can go with him.

JV

June 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

This “Fast & Furious” debacle was intentionally designed in an attempt to “prove” guns are going to criminal elements and must be controlled (aka stopped.) They specifically told agents, who knew the program was insane, to “stand down” and let the guns go in a pathetic attempt to make us think there was a problem with gun sales here in the US. Our US govt is caught arming criminals and even using “stimulus” money to do so. And now the govt needs to strengthen gun laws so criminals can’t get weapons as easily?! What people should be asking is, why would a new law be required to catch guys breaking an existing law? When you piece the puzzle together–the absence of genuine investigative strategies, the lack of goals, objectives and a credible endgame, the ‘secret’ nature of the operation hidden from Congress and the American public, the hidden funding, the warning to frontline ATF agents to stand down and shut up, DOJ’s refusal to submit requested documents to Congress even after the issuance of subpeonas, DOJ/ATF stonewalling, the continued denials and cover up and now invoking executive privilege –well, you get the picture.

RedSpeckBlueSea

June 27th, 2012
1:25 pm

Real World – I don’t think most of these posters want to be botherd by your facts. They get in the way of their delusional version/vision of the world.

Hmmmm....

June 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

An independent here…. Why not just give the darn documents over, and be done with it? If the Holder has nothing to hide, he will be free and clear, and the public perception will prevail.

SBinF

June 27th, 2012
1:26 pm

No one seems to have read the link I posted, 6 months of investigation turned up nothing that Issa is claiming. Come on people, it’s a little longer then “My Pet Goat” but it will really enlighten you.

WAR EAGLE

June 27th, 2012
1:29 pm

Maybe we should subpoena our current and former idiot commanders in chief and put them on the stand and see if we can have them tossed in jail for conspiracy or giving aid/comfort to the enemy. This way, we don’t have to pay them a pension salary. WE need an all Repub house and senate majority so that they can pass a bill to Vet obama and prove, that he really was born in kenya and is a muslim. From there, we can then subpoena the democrats that put him up for election and anyone that had anything to do with his registration and put them in jail for conspiracy, purjery and obstruction of justice.. Every southern President that we have had has been a Moron- Bush, LBJ, Clinton, Carter and now this clown from Hawaii/Kenya. We need to elect people from above the Mason -Dixon Line.

Weetamoe

June 27th, 2012
1:39 pm

The Bush administration’s program was set up in cooperation with mexican authorities and the Mexican president. The guns contained chips so they could be traced. When the cartel leaders caught on, the Bush admin and ATF ended the program ..F&F is Obama ’s and Holder’s baby Issa has an email provided by a former acting head of the ATF– a whistleblower who has in fact been reassigned. Holder has the original, which he refuses to hand over. Most of the docs Holder gave the committee have been redacted and amount to little more than pages almost completely inked out. Issa has made public his letter to Obama. Go find it.

Big Brother

June 27th, 2012
1:41 pm

Something the liberals can be proud of as their party was in control of the House, the Senate and the White House. Excerpt from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 signed into law on February 17, 2009:

House Resolution 495, the Southwest Border Violence Reduction Act

SEC. 2. PROJECT GUNRUNNER.

(a) In General- The Attorney General shall dedicate and expand the resources provided for the Project Gunrunner initiative of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to identify, investigate, and prosecute individuals involved in the trafficking of firearms across the international border between the United States and Mexico.

(b) Activities- In carrying out this section, the Attorney General shall–

(1) assign additional agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to the area of the United States adjacent to the international border between the United States and Mexico to support the expansion of Project Gunrunner teams;

(2) establish not fewer than 1 Project Gunrunner team in each State along the international border between the United States and Mexico; and

(3) coordinate with the heads of other relevant Federal law enforcement agencies and State and local law enforcement agencies to address firearms trafficking in a comprehensive manner.

(c) Additional Staff- The Attorney General may hire Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents for, and otherwise expend additional resources needed to adequately support, Project Gunrunner.

(d) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated $15,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 and 2011 to carry out this section.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

JV stated: This “Fast & Furious” debacle was intentionally designed in an attempt to “prove” guns are going to criminal elements

Right, because about 50,00 people being murdered by criminals with guns every year is just not good, solid proof enough.

LJ

June 27th, 2012
1:43 pm

I’m stunned at the party-line divide on this issue.

Fast and Furious got started because there were a few ATF agents who accused the agency of protecting their own budget and relevance in the face of new agencies taking away their old jurisdiction.

Fast and Furious, along with the operation that took place under Bush(which was NOT F&F) should be investigated. Everyone, Republican and Democrat alike, who was involved in “accidentally” losing guns in Mexico should be put behind bars.

Blind defense of criminal acts based on party affiliation does nothing but perpetuate the current political crisis. As a nation we need raise the standards we hold our elected representatives to.

Kris

June 27th, 2012
1:47 pm

What I read was is that one of Ga’s favorite lobbyist ” The all mighty $$$%$ NRA” is behind this latest excuse for the damn GOP to stall on important issues. Like student loans and anything that will benefit the citizens of The Unites States. President OBAMA is as American as the rest of us…stop the GOP Nonsense.

Re-Elect President OBAMA 2012

TGBIG

June 27th, 2012
1:51 pm

Real World,

Your comment is almost a direct quote from Boortz.

You should at least try to disguise your vomit as your own.

Auntie Christ

June 27th, 2012
1:54 pm

Big Brother: Something the liberals can be proud of as their party was in control of the House, the Senate and the White House.
You then went on to outline the steps they took that are at the core of every reubs wet dream, more agents on the border, more resources to fight their ‘war’ on drugs. Not exactly liberals main priorities.

Secondly, as a liberal, I am offended you would describe the dem party as the party of liberals. I realize the present-day repub party regards anyone who is to the left of Ivan the Terrible as a liberal, that is indeed not the case. reid, feinstein, schumer, hoyer et al, even Obama would have been regarded as ideal repubs 30+ years ago. Please don’t insult us liberals by grouping us with the aforementioned.

Rafe Hollister

June 27th, 2012
1:58 pm

John Barrow voting like his constituents want him to in an election year. Hopefully, this desperation attempt will not dissuade the constituents from electing a true conservative, who will represent his people every year.

The difference with “Wide Receiver” and F/Furious, which you Dem supporters already know, but never state is.

Wide Receiver
1) Mexican Government briefed on program
2) Guns were tracked and efforts made to arrest those receiving them
3) Program stopped when they learned some of the guns got through the net

Fast and Furious
Ignored problems with Wide Receiver and had none of the built in precautions mentioned above.
Mexican Gov not aware of program and Guns never tracked and willfully allowed to go to the cartels.

Big difference for thinking Americans, but for Dems it is just more Bush did it first. Dems obviously were never told by their mothers, that two wrongs do not make a right.

Obama Regime found totally inept, deceptive, devious once again.

AMomAnon

June 27th, 2012
2:00 pm

If the NRA wasn’t scoring this vote half the problem would disappear. I wish gun owners would understand that the NRA is a lobby shop for gun and ammo manufacturers,not the gun owner. The NRA forments fear which ups sales of guns and ammo and helps them raise money. The real problem in DC is K Street. Until people wise up about that and stop fighting among ourselves and join together to fight this mess,it’s not going to change a thing.

Kris

June 27th, 2012
2:12 pm

@ AMomAnon

If the NRA wasn’t scoring this vote half the problem would disappear.

Thank You!

Nothing will change until we make it change.
“We have seen where the Republicans want to drive this country, and it is ugly.”

OBAMA 2012

TGBIG

June 27th, 2012
2:16 pm

Rafe,

Get your facts straight instead of getting them from the talking heads.

There was no collaboration with or coordination with Mexican Authorities in Operation Wide Receiver.
The vast majority of the guns were lost during transactions.

To say otherwise is an outright lie, regardless of how many times the gas bags want to repeat their lies and regardless of how many times you want to carry their water like a obedient sycophant and repeat the lies for them.

Both of these programs were ill conceived, poorly thought out and botched in their implementation. BOTH OF THEM. This is NOT an area that should be left to the whims of partisan politics. The blame lies at the feet of both parties. To attempt to turn this into a political point by repeating lies ignores facts, logic and reality.

And before you ask here is one source. There are many others but you’ll have to ferret those out if you have any interest in the truth.

http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/the-guns-that-got-away-11172011.html

Teddy Roosevelt

June 27th, 2012
2:29 pm

“Blame it on Bush” has been the mantra of the entire Obama presidency.

james

June 27th, 2012
2:33 pm

Kris: your vote isn’t going to count as Obama will lose big in
Georgia. So just stay home that day…. Not that Mitt is any better….

Marlboro Man

June 27th, 2012
2:44 pm

The trigger man is the killer, not the orgin of the gun, he would have got a gun anywhere.

LJ

June 27th, 2012
2:46 pm

Simple question:

Why does which party started it matter? Investigate, uncover the rats, and put them all behind bars, regardless of party affiliation.

Wrong Name

June 27th, 2012
2:52 pm

TR,

You need to rethink your name. Research the Bull Moose Party for details. The real TR founded that party which called for:
1)A National Health Service to include all existing government medical agencies.
Social insurance, to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, and the disabled
2)Limited injunctions in strikes
3)A minimum wage law for women
3)An eight hour workday
4)A federal securities commission
5)Farm relief
6)Workers’ compensation for work-related injuries
7)An inheritance tax
8)A Constitutional amendment to allow a Federal income tax

Bet you never saw that coming, huh fella.

Oh and when it comes to blaming Bush…think of a show and whether it fits. In this case it does, like a glove.

Wrong Name

June 27th, 2012
3:00 pm

Not a show, a shoe.

It always sucks when you screw up when you’re trying to be just a little too cute for your own good.