Mr. Holder, Is That Your Bus Coming?

CBS News is reporting that Rep. Issa will soon subpoena the DoJ for all communications relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “gunwalking” in general among a dozen or so named DoJ officials.

If the Administration were smart, they would realize that it is time for Holder to fall on his sword. That’s a big if. They botched their handling of the damage control from day one, most recently trying to intimidate the CBS reporter following the story. I suspect that Ed Morrissey is correct when he writes:

Will the Obama administration fight the subpoena? They’d be better advised to rid themselves of the albatross of Eric Holder, but that hasn’t been their style despite a series of blunders and political machinations by the Attorney General. A fight over a legitimate subpoena — especially in a case where one Border Patrol agent has been killed and perhaps hundreds of Mexicans with weapons trafficked by the ATF — will attract plenty of media attention, even without the hamhanded attempt to intimidate Attkisson from reporting on the story. That will overshadow Obama’s jobs push, and perhaps lead to even more disturbing revelations as to just how high this scandal goes. The smart move would be to dump Holder and give the House what it wants, but this administration has been short on smart moves throughout the F&F scandal.

Obama would like to be compared favorably with presidents such as FDR or Kennedy or Reagan. But his staggering incompetence is more in line with Buchanan or Hoover or Carter with a whiff of Nixon as well.

18 USC 4

Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.

Since the Attorney General certainly qualifies as a “person in civil … authority,” those who briefed him (but weren’t actively part of the program) on Operation Fast and Furious should be in the clear for reporting what they knew up the food chain. Ed Morrissey sums things up as Holder: You own Fast and Furious, Champ. His post includes extended quotes from Rep. Issa’s response to the AG’s Friday letter. Read the whole thing.