Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has long been known for
shining the spotlight on aspects of government others would prefer to remain
dark--the Iowan has been a vocal
supporter of whistleblowers Colleen Rowley and Jane Turner, and has been
known for sticking his nose into the odd financial
shenanigan or two. So it comes to no surprise that he'd apply his sleuthing
skills to the ongoing scandal regarding the White
House's role in the Justice Department's Fast and Furious program. Yet Grassley couldn't anticipate that his watchdog
reputation would earn him kudos from Twitter users still upset over the deaths
of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry--and 300 other individuals--directly as a
result of the botched gun trafficking probe.
According to OhMyGov Analytics, 1,411 responses referencing Grassley were recorded on
Twitter between June 15 and June 21--the bulk of it occurring on Thursday.
is so right," @Conserv_Hunter said. "How can Barack Obama King of USA
exert executive privilege on Justice docs he has never seen?"
"Thank you for
standing up for the victims in F &F" @dkeithloyd56 said.
Earlier this year Grassley published a report, "Fatally
Flawed", citing Fast and Furious as part of a series of questionable
law enforcement operations executed by ATF personnel in Phoenix as well as the
Arizona U.S. Attorney's office. On Wednesday, Grassley once again waded into
the controversy over the gun walking probe, questioning the Obama
Administration's motives for keeping the documents in question secret.
"I'm dumbfounded with this action of the
president," Grassley told
reporters via telephone. "This is gamesmanship. If this were a serious
claim, they would have and should have raised it last night in our
Grassley denies any political motivation for his desire for
the Justice Department documents to see the light of day. Justice Department
officials claim that release of the documents would have 'damaging
Some, though, didn't see the nuance.
"Tell us the truth," @polymath22 demanded of
Grassley. "You are working for AZ gun dealers and punishing Holder for
Either way, what began as an attempt to stem the flow of
guns across the U.S.-Mexican border, has turned into an election-year issue
that could have far reaching implications for Obama and his Attorney General
even if reelected.
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