When it comes to the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, Chairman Darrell Issa exhibited true leadership in the face of a massive stonewall. Obstructions were in abundance from the Department of Justice, the Obama administration, and from ranking member of the Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who’s also a member of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Caucus (kind way of saying communists).
Despite these obstructions, Attorney General Eric Holder was found to be in criminal and civil contempt of Congress for not honoring a subpoena; Barack Obama asserted Executive Privilege to prevent their release as well. Both were major victories for justice if not outright defeats of injustice.
As the Fast and Furious investigation continues to work itself out, The Oversight Committee is delving into what happened at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Like in Fast and Furious, Obama administration policies have led to dead bodies. In Benghazi, those bodies include U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
As was the case in Fast and Furious, Issa wants answers and Cummings wants to accuse Issa of playing politics. The problem for Cummings is that by accusing others of playing politics with dead bodies, he could be engaging in a bit of projection. It is Cummings who risks playing politics with his unmitigated defense of everything Democrat.
Both Issa and Cummings appeared separately on CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. First up is Issa, who is doing a great public service in demanding answers. We’ll get to Cummings after this video:
Here is Cummings’ appearance on Face the Nation, shortly after Issa. Notice how he says, “we will search their killers (Stevens and three Americans) down and bring them to justice.” He then accuses Issa and Republicans of politicizing the attack.
Pay particularly close attention when Cummings shifts focus onto individuals responsible for the actual attack. We point you to that aspect of this exchange because we will have some groundbreaking news about this in the coming days (yes, you read that right).
When it came to the Fast and Furious investigation, Cummings fought tooth and nail to protect Eric Holder and the Obama administration. He accused Issa of playing politics. A significant problem for Cummings was what he told the Terry family on June 15, 2011. Here is the audio of that now provably false claim by Cummings, whose Congressional Black Caucus staged a walkout during Holder’s contempt vote one year later.
After listening to this and comparing it to Cummings’ pledge of resolve with respect to the Benghazi investigation, none of the words that come out of this man’s mouth can be believed; he can’t be trusted.
Remember, he looked the Terry family in the eyes when he said this and ultimately ran interference for Eric Holder in Fast and Furious, despite evidence of Holder’s culpability.