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Archive for June 20th, 2012

House Committee Votes to Hold Atty. General Holder in Contempt; Holder Denies Being Unresponsive

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The politics surrounding ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious began to sizzle Wednesday, with Republicans leading the charge against Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, voting along party lines, voted 23 to 17 to hold  Holder in contempt for failing to turn over documents pertaining to the ATF operation out of the Phoenix Division, the Washington Post reported.

The matter now goes before the full House, and then if passed, to the U.S. Attorney in D.C. for action.

Holder issued a press release calling the allegations untrue that he’s been unresponsive.

“Simply put, any claims that the Justice Department has been unresponsive to requests for information are untrue. From the beginning, Chairman Issa and certain members of the Committee have made unsubstantiated allegations first, then scrambled for facts to try to justify them later. That might make for good political theater, but it does little to uncover the truth or address the problems associated with this operation and prior ones dating back to the previous Administration.”

To read the full story click here.

 

FBI to Return Stolen Art to Polish Museum

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 120 stolen artifacts with a price tag of about $5 million is returning to the Polish Museum of America, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The artifacts, from 18th century documents to Nazi propaganda, disappeared from the museum in the 1970s and 1980s, according to the Tribune.

The FBI did no announce charges but is holding a press conference today.

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Why are There so Few Cartel Members on the FBI’s Most Wanted List

By Jazmine Ulloa 
Austin American-Statesman

Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán – the man labeled the world’s most powerful drug trafficker – is not among the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.

Neither is his rival, Heriberto Lazcano, though he is said to run one of the most vicious illicit networks to move tons of cocaine and marijuana into the United States. Nor is Miguel Ángel Treviño, a former Mexican military officer believed to be Lazcano’s second in command.

Some drug war analysts say the absence of such fugitive Mexican drug dons from the federal index is another indication that the struggle seething south of the border is not a national priority in the United States, where most residents are unfamiliar with its key players, even as a vicious battle rages so close to home.

“The problem is almost like what you have with war in Iraq and Afghanistan,” retired Special Agent Peter Hanna said. “The conflict is divorced from the United States. Only people in Mexico see the violence, live with the violence.”

To read the full story click here.

House Contempt Vote Possible Against AG Holder

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Update: Fox News reports that President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over the release of  Fast and Furious documents.
 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Short of  last minute document dump, Fox News reports Republicans are poised to take a vote on a contempt resolution against  Atty. General Eric Holder.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is leading the charge and wants to Holder held in contempt for failing to turn over documents in the bungled ATF Fast and Furious Operation.

The committee is likely to vote on the matter when it meets Wednesday morning.

Holder has denied that he or the White House has done anything wrong and has said that he’s being as cooperative as possible.

“I think the ball’s in their court,” Holder told reporter, according to the AP.

Holder said the documents will show he has nothing to hide.

Lawyer Defending Terror Cases Indicted on Tax Charges

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A lawyer known for defending terrorism suspects has been indicted in the Northern District of New York on charges that he failed to file tax returns, the Associated Press reports.

The attorney, Stanley Cohen, called the indictment politically motivated.

If convicted, Cohen faces prison time and fines.

Cohen is accused of not filing individual and corporate tax returns between 2005 and 2010 and other tax violations.

U.S. Attorneys Office Investigates NH Hepatitis C Outbreak

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The  U.S. Attorney’s Office is investigating a hepatitis C outbreak at a New Hampshire hospital, the Associated Press reports.

Health officials are puzzled after a worker and 19 patients at Exeter Hospital’s cardiac cauterization lab tested positive for the liver-destroying disease in the last month, according to the AP.

U.S. Attorney John Kacavas has called on the Food and Drug Administration and FBI to determine whether the outbreak was criminal.

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