On February 7, 2012, we published a post entitled “John Boehner To Halt Fast And Furious Investigation, Sell Out To Holder And White House.” Congressman Darrell Issa’s office was quick to issue a denial of our story.
Letters to the editor on the post have also filled this editor’s inbox, including this note from Fritz Mehrtens:
Your article, “John Boehner To Halt Fast And Furious Investigation, Sell Out To Holder And White House” was denied by Congressman Issa’s office in conversation with a Tea Party member who I know to be trustworthy. I suggest you review the basis for this entire story and if it is incorrect or suspect replace the article with a correction. We cannot afford to have false reports bouncing around the internet.
Doug Book, author of the original post, is standing by his allegations, and he e-mailed us this response:
Thanks very much for sending this to me. I emailed Mr. Mehrtens and provided the info he requested. Numerous people have commented on various sites, stating they called Boehner’s office and were told the story is untrue. As I told Mr. Mehrtens, I TOO hope it’s untrue! But given Boehner’s history, we’ll have to wait and see.
It appears this story has made the rounds of the internet. It’s possible that Mike Vanderboegh is responsible for so much flack finding its way to John Boehner’s office; the Speaker might be forced to back off his betrayal!!!!! Now that would REALLY be an example of what we’re all “in business for!”
Also, the post has received mixed reaction in the blogosphere. This post on examiner.com by Dave Workman caught our attention this morning:
Allegations floating around the Internet that a “sell-out” on Operation Fast and Furious is being engineered were flatly denied Monday exclusively to this column by a spokesperson for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
The allegation, which appears to have been repeated by at least two different internet blogs, is that House Speaker John Boehner has hampered the congressional Fast and Furious probe, and that some kind of deal has been cut to derail or at least slow down the investigation.
Becca Watkins, press secretary to the House Committee, chaired by Congressman Darrell Issa, told this column via e-mail: The Republican leadership has been supportive of the Operation Fast and Furious investigation since its inception. There is no truth to these rumors that the speaker or anyone in leadership is hampering Oversight or (Sen. Charles) Grassley’s investigation.
Only time will tell us if the Republicans will sell out America by failing to bring the culprits to justice in this sordid story. Investigations are well and good, but once the lights dim and the camera’s go away, then we will see if someone is in jail. Only when government officials are held accountable for illegal acts will they become a cautionary tale for others considering similar schemes in the future.