by Dave Gibson
On Sept. 29, 2011, Rep. Edolphous Towns (D-NY) introduced the Presidential Records Act Amendments of 2011. That bill would have allowed Obama, as well as any future commander-in-chief to permanently seal any and all records pertaining to his presidency upon leaving office.
Under the proposed legislation, the Archivist of the United States would have been required to notify the former president, of any plans to make his records available for public inspection. If the president objected, they could not legally be made public.
View slideshow: Did Congressman Towns try to bury the facts about Fast and Furious forever?
The bill died in committee, but the legislation itself, though outrageous is not the big story here…
Congressman Towns is a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs, the same committee which investigated the Obama administration’s role in Operation Fast and Furious and voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
What did he know and when did he know it?
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Furthermore, all of the bill’s co-sponsors (Rep. Cummings (MD), Rep. Maloney (NY), Rep. Norton (DC), Rep. Kucinich (OH), Rep. Tierney (MA), Rep. Clay (MO), Rep. Lynch (MA), Rep. Cooper (TN), Rep. Connolly (VA), Rep. Quigley (IL), Rep. Davis (IL), Rep. Braley (IA), Rep. Welch (VT), Rep. Yarmuth (KY), Rep. Murphy (CT) and Rep. Speier (CA)), along with Rep. Towns, make up the entire Democratic membership of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs.
This, combined with the fact that the bulk of testimony from ATF whistle blowers was heard by the committee before this bill was introduced is not only troubling, but suggests that President Obama himself, along with Eric Holder may have directed the disastrous program known as Fast and Furious which put thousands of weapons into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels.
As committee members, all of the bill’s sponsors now have direct knowledge of both Holder’s and Obama’s involvement, or the lack thereof, in the gun-running scheme.
So, if neither Holder, nor Obama knew of the program, as these Congressional Democrats repeatedly claimed throughout Holder’s contempt hearings…Why then, would all of them feel the need to enact unprecedented secrecy of Obama’s presidential records?
To date, not one media outlet has explored nor even mentioned this attempted abuse of power.