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It's time now to introduce our panel and -- joining us right now on the set we have Bob rice who is the managing partner attention capital.
And your website is three moves ahead dot com I like that name.
The book of the -- -- okay endowed by remote from our DC bureau we have -- voice it was the former assistant attorney general.
In the Clinton administration and also a democratic strategist and -- thank you for joining us as well Andy.
Thank you -- good morning as.
Good morning to you -- when you talk about last night's Republican debate but first since we just had a whole segment on operation fast and furious and of these new subpoenas.
A let's get both of your take on that.
Bob you in your way out for a prosecutor.
What would -- make Wallace well to be completely -- I think it's you know one part to incompetent.
Administration and two parts a lot of politicking.
You know I think this is a kind of thing and people.
Love to try to out everybody can get worked up about it and there's no doubt that this would there was there were some horrible mistakes committed here this -- you know.
First of all just -- -- use of genuine live weapons is supposed to weapons that don't actually fire -- weapons and don't have the sensors attached to them.
Lack of supervision in the ATF blew it.
No question about it and heads should roll over that no question about it.
But you can't help but get a feeling that -- you know it's being trumped up a little bit because of the you know political environment in which we currently living.
So -- ND you know Bob is saying heads should roll and obviously.
Eric Holder as the head of the Justice Department is trying to protect.
His own -- here.
If He really did make false statements to a congressional committee shouldn't be held to account for -- Well you know we don't want an Alice in Wonderland investigation where you you offer their head first and then you have the trial that.
I you get under this in this obviously and I agree -- and that.
This was a an investigation that used a lot of standard techniques but did a lot of a lot of things wrong and in in the in the course of that and there was some unfortunate very unfortunate tragic on circumstances.
On but you know we can't we can't base what we do -- on.
On assumptions and and body language like like the good congressman -- -- two.
-- -- the committees are right to have an investigation their you know their right to issue subpoenas if they feel the department is being intransigent.
But in terms of the attorney attorney general himself.
And the and the congress I've known I've -- -- -- for twenty years worked with him worked for him.
I knew who I can tell you almost categorically that that that He is not a man on The Who would -- would lie in any -- much less to the to the congress he's a former -- -- he's -- former United States attorney a former dreaded judge you know and the attorney general the United States so I think that.
That kind of assumption working from that assumption is where a lot of the -- the -- -- the politicking column comes in another thing another thing that people have to keep straight as this whole notion of the other special counsel.
And the congressman talking about a special counsel not a not appointed by the attorney general or anyone in the administration.
Well that there is no independent council anymore the congress in the ninety's decided wisely I think not to.
-- reauthorize the statute that gave us Ken Starr and so many of those independent counsel's.
The only special council authorized by law is an internal Justice Department regulatory.
Special counsel appointed -- and and reported it reporting to.
The attorney general hit him -- herself.
So let's let the investigation for you know proceed let's -- cooler -- cooler heads prevail.
On the let's keep in mind has got to be a lot of rejection as you suggested -- -- because of of of a sense of law enforcement information and we'll see -- the facts lead.
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