Jake Tapper reports:
The family of slain U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed with guns tied to the Fast and Furious program, issued a statement Wednesday afternoon accusing President Obama of compounding their family tragedy by invoking executive privilege....I would like to see a resolution that -- in a different, utterly non-partisan way -- gets to the truth and hold somebody accountable for what happened to Brian Terry. But what's going on in Congress is not about Brian Terry, and everyone can see that.
Terry family attorney Pat McGroder on Wednesday released the following statement from Terry's parents Josephine Terry and Kent Terry Sr.: "Attorney General Eric Holder's refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama's assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth."
... Earlier today, Josephine Terry was on Philadelphia Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
Asked about the president's assertion, she said, "The only thing I can say is, if he did that they apparently don't want Issa to get the documents to see what’s in there." ...
Do you remember the summer of 2006? A group of 9/11 widows were seeking answers from the Bush administration about what had happened to their husbands and thousands of other people. Ann Coulter had a book to sell, and she made the round of TV talk shows saying things like this:
MATT LAUER: ... this part is the part I really need to talk to you about: "These broads are millionaires, lionized on TV and in articles about them, reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husband's death so much." Because they dare to speak out?For some thoughts about that, let's go to ... um, Jake Tapper, on June 9, 2006:
COULTER: To speak out using the fact they are widows. This is the left's doctrine of infallibility. If they have a point to make about the 9-11 commission, about how to fight the war on terrorism, how about sending in somebody we are allowed to respond to. No. No. No. We have to respond to someone who had a family member die. Because then if we respond, oh you are questioning their authenticity.
She [Ann Coulter] has a -- she has a perfectly acceptable argument, a perfectly intelligent argument in her book Godless....Funny thing -- I don't hear Tapper saying anything like that right now. Nor -- astonishingly -- does Coulter seem to be making an intellectually consistent argument:
And the argument is that the Democratic Party and the liberals constantly bring out spokespeople whom [sic] are unassailable: Cindy Sheehan, John Murtha, the 9-11 widows, etc. And -- and it becomes -- any time you question what they're saying -- "How dare you question these people?" And that's a -- that's a perfectly respectable and honest argument.
Eric Holder lied. Brian Terry died.— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) June 20, 2012
What?! No railing against the Terry family's moral "infallibility"? I'm shocked, Ann. Shocked!