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And welcome to FOX News Sunday panel plus with Brit Hume Liz Smart -- Anand -- Charles Lane.
Well initially we didn't get to with a panel but I did discuss with the White House he has got Jack little dead and and normally this would be a big deal.
Is that the house for the first time in history voter -- sitting member of a talent level on that.
The chief law enforcement officer of the United States the attorney general Eric Holder.
In contempt of congress for failing to turn over some papers thousands of pages of documents in the fast and furious investigation.
No surprise the Justice Department's announced to the house that they will not.
Prosecute Eric Holder under the criminal contempt because.
They said that the president has invoked executive privilege and going back to the Reagan administration.
That the administration's don't concern about then a crime.
Who got through all of that so Brett what do you make of it.
No surprise in the aftermath no one really thought this Justice Department can go have to edit it.
-- but the bush Justice Department did the same thing about numbers with and that's exactly.
What what I would say about there was this being the first time this has ever happened.
And you can argue that it was partisan and although there was some Democrats went along with it it nonetheless I think really -- -- because the one thing you don't -- attorney general.
Now the attorney general's good all Trent Jones -- criticize and so forth and expect to certain that.
But I think this takes him into a new category attorneys general need to be.
Above the fray respected by members of both parties and seen as.
Non political to the extent they can.
Eric Holder is not.
And he and I think he's damaged goods and I think credibility is diminished and that of the administration's adamant.
But you would certainly -- -- that given this attack.
Legitimate or not by house Republicans there is absolutely no chance that Barack Obama would get rid of them before the election I wouldn't -- you know absolutely let us.
I was gonna say I I was -- and sort of joking with my editor recently that that maybe we should -- piece on his attorney general the worst job in Washington because.
Honestly I can't remember earls and attorney general who wasn't seen as a lightning rod controversial under attack and it just seems like -- that is kind of the way.
Politics has been going recently.
I do think it you know all of that the fortune article that came out this week that basically.
Debunks a lot of you know the story that had been.
Out there about what with what actually happened in this particular investigation did kind of take some of the air out of that balloon.
In addition to the fact that it had already you know Democrats are saying it was a partisan witch hunt and so I think -- this is probably the end of it I don't think it was an issue that the public broadly.
Cared that much about any way other than some committed -- well.
Part of that as the mainstream media completely ignored and I think it has gotten before the executive privilege.
Ten seconds on NBC news but the invoking -- executive privilege didn't make it an issue.
Yes because the president anytime the president -- and then.
Yes that's gonna bump it up to another another level of coverage that I I think it I think it -- here.
You know well it certainly act out when because I was gonna ask you shouldn't it it certainly would suit and -- not a -- criminal prosecution the Justice Department tells us that if they file civil lawsuit which is what -- -- says they do.
That goes way past the election government.
Be done and you have to wonder if there's going to be backlash for the GOP for doing this because people who aren't familiar with fast and -- and didn't hear about it didn't know what it was until about a week ago.
To band aid by the argument that this is a witch hunt by the GOP -- -- -- that way.
And I think that they have to be very careful that they're not viewed as.
You know you trot out these olds.
Statements by Darrell ice where he's angry all these hearings have seven days a week and you know -- a lot of people are familiar with the story can then this does start to look like it's all about -- There are two points that we need and I think most of the fox viewers.
Well no one that a Border Patrol agent died as a result of this failed gun running operation -- of the guns that that that.
-- that made it across the border and adopt at the scene of the death of Brian Terry the Border Patrol legend and true.
That Justice Department denied this existed two months after in in in February of 2011.
And it wasn't till December that they retracted that statement so if there's confusion about this.
It's the Justice Department to create -- Right -- the GOP gonna have to me that very clear for people -- -- -- case.
-- -- defense in the mainstream media you know Sharyl Attkisson CBS news member in good standing -- -- -- -- you really got this ball rolling by.
Giving voice to some of the whistle blowers on this case having said that I think this is a very partisan episode on both sides actually I think one reason that holder.
Is fighting it and the administration is fighting so hard is that it -- -- their base this is playing as a racial issue within the democratic party of democratic base mean they're picking on -- -- yes is it -- it works for them and that way.
And over on the other side this is all about the NRA this is a huge thing for the generate big part of the Republican base.
And therefore I think on that Eric Holder is not historically -- -- tainted by this because this is a real.
Partisan I have a question.
If the Justice Department submitted to congress.
And false letter months after the event.
Manning and and and obviously Wheatley.
Was months after the event that was that -- -- -- -- nearly here.
He's not congress whether part of for partisan motives -- not fully entitled to find out all the winning in his view given around the documents on that he now they're asking for the documents about after Anderson's after the after the -- -- -- the internal discussions about how to handle it.
This is not congress -- time -- I happen to think they are okay but.
You know that's a big legal constitutional -- hit -- -- -- did -- -- on every point -- the mainstream -- the Washington Post editorial said that they thought that the -- of executive -- was very -- As compared to congress' right to those -- correctly noted but if anybody thinks that there have been a lot of major congressional investigations.
That we're not animated heavily bipartisanship available on a different country.
But I'm just addressing the point about whether this the last content owner Colbert and his legitimacy I think it's two -- thinking negative of his Wikipedia -- -- -- well there's a lot of stuff from my Wikipedia and whatever I can say that I -- it stays there forever I try to change my Wikipedia thing I figured they'd say Chris Wallace wrote this is so I'll just let it stay there.
This one picture of me from the seven is that really wish -- attack.
Thank you quote a line on -- -- has everybody's got it right now pretty embarrassing it was a seven days well big hair.
-- mustaches thank you -- please check and -- us throughout the week let us know what you think about the holder case.
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