OBFUSCATE: (transitive verb) meaning darken, to make obscure , confuse; (intransitive verb) meaning to be evasive, unclear, or confusing
2009 – 2011: Fast and Furious – one American killed. Still under investigation? Pfffftttttt – that’s old news.
On Thursday, June 28, 2012: Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena. The vote was 255-67 in favor, with 17 Democrats voting yes and a large number of Democrats walking off the floor in protest and refusing to vote. A civil contempt measure was also voted on and passed, 258-95. The civil contempt vote allows the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to go to court with a civil lawsuit to look into the US Justice Department's refusal to turn over some of the subpoenaed documents and to test Obama's assertion of executive privilege. Holder dismissed the votes as "the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided — and politically motivated — investigation during an election year," and the White House called it "political theater rather than legitimate congressional oversight."
On September 19, the Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz publicly released a 471-page report detailing the results of the Justice Department's own internal investigations. [That’s a lotta pages for an agency investigating itself – Holder is still the AG – surprise!]
But rest assured, this is likely still ‘under investigation’.
April, 2012: The investigation into the prostitution scandal involving Secret Service personnel in Cartagena, Colombia, has broadened to include the White House Communications Agency…White House press secretary Jay Carney declined to discuss the potential involvement of WHCA personnel in the prostitution scandal at a press briefing Monday afternoon, deferring questions to the Defense Department, which is conducting a separate investigation.
[Never heard the outcome of this one – maybe it’s still under investigation]
November, 2012: Remember the investigation into the former head of the CIA, David Petraeus - the investigation that was kept secret until after the election…
The FBI launched a full investigation. And now one of the most decorated military leaders in our history has been removed as the head of the CIA. Essentially he has been silenced just days before he was scheduled to testify before congressional investigators…And speaking of the White House, well, they are still peddling the farfetched story that the president was not informed about the Petraeus affair until after Election Day.
Missed the outcome of this one in the MSM…. Wonder if Petraeus will have comments on Benghazi now… or if HE is also being threatened by still being ‘under investigation.’
Friday, May 8, 2012: IRS Apologizes for Politically Motivated Tea Party Scrutiny Once Applauded By NY Times Editorial Page
To see just how outrageous this harassment was, read some of the questions put to conservative applicants for tax-exempt status here:
May 10, 2013: Jay Carney at the press briefing: When asked about the IRS targeting conservative organizations for ‘special treatment’ he replied: My understanding is this matter is under investigation by the IG at the IRS. The IRS, as you know, is an independent enforcement agency with only two political appointees. The fact of the matter is what we know about this is of concern, and we certainly find the actions taken, as reported, to be inappropriate. And we would fully expect the investigation to be thorough and for corrections to be made in a case like this. And I believe the IRS has addressed that and has taken some action, and there is an investigation ongoing.
September 11, 2012: American facility in Benghazi attacked by terrorists – four Americans killed – still under investigation after 8 months.
There are currently five ongoing investigations on Benghazi in the House of Representatives – here is their ‘interim’ report (4/23/2013) – note that this was PRIOR to the three whistleblowers’ testimony last week.
Committees conducting investigations include:
Armed Services (Rep. Buck McKeon)
Foreign Affairs (Rep. Ed Royce)
Judiciary (Rep. Bob Goodlatte)
Oversight & Government Reform (Rep. Darrell Issa)
Intelligence (Rep. Mike Rogers)
May 10, 2013: Jay Carney at the press briefing: When asked about Benghazi and the revelations regarding changes in the talking points spoke the following: Read his tap dance here – I’m too bored to paraphrase it, and his lies are apparent from this transcript.
Sunday, May 12, 2013: From Hot Air:
One of the mysteries in the Benghazi scandal has been the role of David Petraeus, who was then the Director of the CIA but was forced to resign in a personal scandal shortly thereafter. While the White House and State Department tried to cobble together talking points to explain away the terrorist attack that took four American lives, what did Petraeus do? According to new information reported for the first time by Jonathan Karl on ABC News’ This Week earlier this morning, Petraeus rejected the final version as “useless” — and then threw the issue to the White House… We already knew that Petraeus was stunned by the revisions; now we know he rejected them personally. ”I would just as soon not use them, but it’s their [the White House] call.” That would contradict the meme over the last few days that this was an intramural fight between State and CIA with the White House just serving as bystanders.
The CIA Director called the “demonstration” talking points useless the day before Susan Rice went on five Sunday talk shows, but the White House apparently disagreed. They, evidently, found the false narrative very useful.
“I’d call it a cover-up,” McCain said this morning on “This Week.” “I would call it a cover-up [of Benghazi] in the extent that there was willful removal of information which was obvious.” …
McCain [in the same article] also singled out former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who he suggested would have been aware of the State Department’s emails requesting changes to the talking points.
Monday, May 13, 2013: Obama, speaking in the White House East Room today [along with British P.M. David Cameron]said of the Benghazi investigation, AGAIN that it was 1) a partisan witch hunt for political gain and 2) (and I quote)“there is no there there” regarding the talking points and who changed them (Obama reiterated that it was the CIA and NOT his White House… time for Petraeus to man up and step forward and clear this up.