Beleaguered Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly giving serious consideration to not returning for a another stint in the Obama administration’s second term. Operation Fast and Furious – probably more than anything else – is likely responsible for Holder openly wondering if he has ‘gas left in the tank’. Ever since the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, Holder has been taking endless political fire over the botched gun-walking operation.
If Fast and Furious is Watergate on steroids, Benghazi-gate is Fast and Furious on steroids and while Barack Obama won a second term on November 6th, the Republicans retained control of the House and that body’s relevant committees don’t appear to be backing down when it comes to Benghazi. The hearings are being scheduled.
Via Fox News:
The House Foreign Affairs Committee has scheduled an open hearing for next Thursday on the Libya terror attack and has invited Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to testify, Fox News has learned.
The committee joins two others planning to hold hearings, albeit closed ones, that day.
Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the consulate in Benghazi. A local Libyan extremist group is suspected of carrying out the attack, but the Obama administration has been criticized for its confusing explanation for the strike and for security warnings that apparently weren’t heeded.
The House Intelligence Committee will hold its closed hearing on the attack on Nov. 15, Fox News has learned. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director David Petraeus and Matt Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, are expected to testify.
Additionally, as you’ll see in the interview exchange below, between Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer and Rep. Jason Chaffetz – who sits on the House Oversight Committee – the Benghazi hearings are likely to dog Barack Obama in a way not all that dissimilar from how the Fast and Furious hearings dogged Eric Holder. Ditto Hillary Clinton if the Secretary of State decides to stick around.
It remains to be seen if House Speaker John Boehner, who gave the perception that he wanted Fast and Furious to go away (he even scheduled the contempt vote against Holder on the same day that the Supreme Court ruled on Obamacare), will have the courage to press Obama on Benghazi. There are indeed courageous Republicans on various House committees who are willing to do so.
Suggested question for Hillary Clinton: When the August 16th cable was sent directly to your office from Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who read it and who distributed it downline?
“…if the administration thinks that because they won an election, this thing is going away, absolutely not…”
– Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Member of House Oversight Committee