The Next Witch Hunt

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Remember Darrell Issa? Whatever happened to that guy after he was handed his hat by House leadership and kept out of the Select Solyndra IRS Committee to Investigate the Benghazi ACORN Birth Certificate?

Chairman Issa has been busy, apparently. He spent the last several weeks feverishly searching the archives for a new fake scandal to pursue.

via Mother Jones

[A] supposed White House plot to put gun dealers and other lawful merchants out of business by denying them banking services. Issa, who chairs the House oversight and government reform committee, alleges that Operation Choke Point, a Justice Department program that cracks down on fraud by scrutinizing banks and payment processors, is being used by the Obama administration to target gun sellers and other businesses the administration doesn’t fancy. “Operation Choke Point is the Justice Department’s newest abuse of power,” Issa said, in a report released May 29.

Has the Obama administration and the Department of Justice used Operation Choke Point to deny anyone the right to sell guns?

No. The Department of Justice has reportedly opened investigations into financial institutions who are suspected of enabling fraud, but no one has had their Guns Galore store shut down by Jack Boots.

Darrell Issa alleges that a list of at-risk institutions created by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is actually a cleverly-disguised “hit list” being use a guide by the Justice Departments during its tour of shakedowns, gun-grabbing, and rabble-rousing. Or something.

That would be easier to believe if there were any documented cases of that actually happening. Regardless, this will almost certainly drive page views and conspiracy theorizing on the right.

By my count, this marks the sixth fake scandal Issa has cracked open only to be foiled at a later date.

Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the IRS, Obamacare and Benghazi will now be joined by Operation Choke Point.

It’s entirely possible that I left a few out.

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  • TimJ

    Choke Point bubbled up a few weeks back in the far right media. the folks who are part of the Groundswell network. It seems to have died pretty quickly but like the IRS “scandal” it will no doubt come back when needed. VCY America (worst) was all over it.

    • waspuppet

      They’ve got it in their pocket. It’s the beginning of summer, when there is very little real news out of Washington but still 24 hours a day for the cable news channels to fill and thus will report pretty much anything.

      Republicans know this and every year they’re ready. People to whom Democrats pay millions of dollars are caught flat-footed every single year.

  • muselet

    Operation Choke Point compels banks to take greater steps to prevent fraud and not engage in financial transactions with companies they suspect might be breaking the law.

    Quick! To the fainting couches! Oh, the horror! Tyranny!

    I wonder why Darrell Issa is interested in protecting companies which are engaged in fraud. Someone should ask him.

    –alopecia

    • Christopher Foxx

      I wonder why Darrell Issa is interested in protecting companies which are engaged in fraud. Someone should ask him.

      There pretty much hasn’t been a single thing any prominent Republican has done that couldn’t be completely undone if someone would ask them a direct question and press them for a real answer.

      ¤ “Why are you in favor in protecting companies that commit fraud? Why are you opposed to arresting criminals who break the law? Why are you soft on crime?
      ¤ “Why are you in favor of leaving American soldiers in the hands of enemies? Why are you opposed to the American military?

      And that’s just the past week.

      But, alas, we have the American press corp, so don’t expect anyone to be pressed for answers.

    • D_C_Wilson

      Given his personal history of arrests for fraud, the answer might be self-evident.

  • Ned F

    You know, I’m not sure they ever resolved the Teletubbie plot to turn our children gay. Maybe he should look into that a bit deeper also.

  • trgahan

    “The Department of Justice has reportedly opened investigations into financial institutions who are suspected of enabling fraud…”

    Much like Ol’ W’s gutting of the Justice Department’s Fraud Unit during his second term, federally elected Republicans appear to be under standing orders to, whenever possible, obstruct/squash the DOJ from having sufficient capacity and/or actually investigating white collar crime.

  • raina

    when is he up for reelection? I want to see him handed his ass on a platter. smug asshole.

    • vgranucci

      Like all representatives, he’s up this November. His district’s pretty deep red.

  • Treading_Water

    Solyndra, Fast and Furious, the IRS, Obamacare and Benghazi will now be joined by Operation Choke Point.

    It’s entirely possible that I left a few out.

    You forgot bowling like a Talibani, using muslim dijon mustard, eating communist arugula, indoctrinating our children to become socialists and stay in school, trying to convince our children to drink more terrorist water, and trying to convince our children to get outside and exercise more and eat more healthy halal foods.

  • ninjaf

    Please let Operation Choke Point live up to its name for Issa. *crosses fingers*

  • waspuppet

    “Darrell Issa alleges that a list of at-risk institutions created by the
    Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is actually a
    cleverly-disguised “hit list” being use a guide by the Justice
    Departments during its tour of shakedowns, gun-grabbing, and
    rabble-rousing.”

    The second-best possible outcome is that Darrell Issa is shown to be a liar who hates America. Again.

    The best possible outcome is that this is true, and it actually happens.