After Attorney General Eric Holder already terminated the Fast and Furious program, Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a dubious ultimatum to Attorney General Holder. Meanwhile Senators, Kristen Gillebrand, Charles Schumer, Frank Leautenberg, and John Kerry introduced legislation which would stop the flow of guns from the United States to Mexico. In news from Mexico, their upcoming election is showing new movement away from a PRI sweep.
Issa’s Dubious Ultimatum– Attorney General Holder has terminated the Fast and Furious program and has cooperated with all Oversight Committee Hearing requests, despite all of these actions he still finds himself in the midst of further political reprisal’s from Chairman Issa: “Issa is looking to ramp up the pressure on the Obama administration over “Fast and Furious.” Holder clashed with Issa and his fellow Republicans at a hearing on Dec. 8, during which Holder suggested that some facets of the investigation are merely an effort to score political points before the 2012 presidential election.”
S.1973 To prevent gun trafficking in the United States – Yesterday the Senate released legislation that would, among other things, curb gun trafficking from the United States into Mexico: (1) OFFENSE- It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly, regardless of whether anything of value is exchanged–
- `(A) to ship, transport, transfer, or otherwise dispose to a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the transferor knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such disposition would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year;
- `(B) to receive from a person, 2 or more firearms in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, if the recipient knows or has reasonable cause to believe that such receipt would be in violation of, or would result in a violation of any Federal, State, or local law punishable by a term of imprisonment exceeding 1 year;
- `(C) except a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, to make materially false statements to a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer, relating to the purchase, receipt, or acquisition from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer, or licensed dealer of 2 or more firearms that have moved in or affected interstate or foreign commerce, for the person, or for or on behalf of any other person; or
- D) to direct, promote, or facilitate conduct specified in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C).
Momentum Changing Mexican Elections Next Year While polling remains strong for Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party, a series of political blunders are casting the upcoming election in a new light: “FOR a long time, opinion polls have suggested that Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) is likely to sweep back into power in July’s presidential election. The latest poll from Mitofsky, for instance, has the PRI’s candidate winning 44.6% of the vote, with neither of his main rivals managing to breach the 20% barrier. Will things look different in the new year? The past two weeks have seen a string of mishaps for the PRI that will leave their strategists sweating about whether their lead can be maintained when the first polls are published in January.”