Holder Grilled on “Fast and Furious”

I figured it would be an interesting hearing today, when Congressman Darrell Issa walked past me and a few other photographers, and pointing to the barrage of police commissioners positioned behind Attorney General Eric Holder’s seat, said “You know you’re in deep s**t if you’ve got that as your backdrop.”

To my surprise, the Attorney General seemed to be in a good mood this morning even though he was expecting an onslaught of tough questions from committee members.  Holder even joked with us photographers, giving us a hard time for taking some photos that might expose his bald spot to the world.

 

 

 

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight.  Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight. Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight.  Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight. Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER speaks with Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice RONALD WEICH prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight.  Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Attorney General ERIC HOLDER speaks with Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Department of Justice RONALD WEICH prior to testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Justice Department oversight. Holder was specifically asked questions on the botched Justice Department operation code named "Fast and Furious". (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

 

Frank Defends His Decision

Congressman Barney Frank announced Monday that he would not be seeking re-election, and on Tuesday he faced the media at the Capitol to defend his record, and his decision to step down from reporters who were quick to speculate about his reasons for leaving.

Congressman Frank has lead the way with legislation to make online gambling legal –  that of which I have a very strong personal interest in —  so I’m a little nervous now who will carry the torch in efforts to make online poker legal now!! 🙁

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK prepares to speak to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK prepares to speak to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

 

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman BARNEY FRANK speaks to the media in Washington just one day after announcing that he will not run for reelection. (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Darrell Issa, the Not-So-Grand Inquisitor (Mother Jones)

 

 

 

 

Congressman DARRELL ISSA chairs a hearing on "Bailouts and the Foreclosure Crisis: Report of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).".... (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Congressman DARRELL ISSA chairs a hearing on "Bailouts and the Foreclosure Crisis: Report of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).".... (James Berglie/ZUMA Press)

Mother Jones picked up this photo from the stock library for an article on Congressman Darrell Issa – click here to read the full article – http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/09/darrell-issa-house-oversight-chairman