Senator Ted Cruz was a guest on Fox News’ America Live with Megyn Kelly and told Kelly that the Obama administration does not respect the First, Second, Fourth or Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights found in the U.S. Constitution that he swore an oath to “preserve, protect and defend.”
Kelly asked him about the scandal involving the Department of Justice (DOJ) going after reporters’ records and wondered if Cruz thought such things should stand out in Attorney General Eric Holder’s mind, seeing that he signed off on it.
“It’s unprecedented,” Cruz declared. “The degree of willingness of this administration to target a reporter for this network (Fox News) as an unindicted co-conspirator… I mean that is without precedent.”
Cruz went on to say, “Unfortunately, I think it’s part and parcel of a pattern from this administration of not respecting the Bill of Rights; not respecting the First Amendment, not respecting the Second Amendment, not respecting our Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights regarding drone strikes or regarding the IRS.”
“Over and over again,” Cruz continued, “the pattern we’ve seen is an unfortunate unwillingness to use the machinery of the Federal government as a partisan tool to punish those perceived as your political enemies. I think that’s particularly troubling, particularly when combined with a willingness to dissemble and mislead the American people.”
When asked if he thought the word came from the top, meaning Eric Holder, Cruz said, “We’ve certainly seen a lack of candor from the Attorney General and there’s been a pattern at the Department of Justice of disregarding the law.”
Cruz, who served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush, also pointed out that the DOJ is under the obligation to follow the law and yet, we have seen them disregarding the law multiple times.
“That raises serious concerns,” Cruz said.
Cruz said that Barack Obama should “absolutely” ask for Eric Holder’s resignation. I agree, but the question should go deeper and ask whether or not Eric Holder was working on his own initiative or Barack Obama’s.
The Texas senator pointed out the blatant disregard for Holder’s DOJ in the Fast and Furious scandal. “The U.S. Department of Justice was responsible for selling guns to Mexican drug cartels. Those guns were used to murder hundreds of innocent civilians and at least two federal law enforcement officers.”
He then went on to make the point that both he and Kelly practiced law and if they sold guns to drug cartels they would be thrown in jail.
Kelly was quick to point out that basically no one was fired in the Fast and Furious scandal. There were some resignations, but basically “desk chairs were shuffled” she said.
She also pointed out that the same thing happened with Benghazi. We’ve seen four people on paid leave, but no one actually fired.
With the IRS, one man, who was going to leave anyway, was asked to resign and Lois Lerner is on paid leave, but those actually involved in the scandal are still in place.
Cruz also pointed to at least two senior officials of the administration telling “flat-out falsehoods.” Where I come from we just say they “lied.” The specific instances he was talking about were Jay Carney saying that neither the White House nor the State Department had changed the talking points on Benghazi, other than changing the word “consulate.” That was reported to be false, because there were at least a dozen changes. They had clearly removed any reference to Al-Qaeda and terrorism.
The second incident was the IRS going before Congress and saying they were not targeting groups based on political affiliation and yet, at the time senior officials in the IRS knew that was not true. The Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Department was told that wasn’t true.
“There has to be accountability,” he said. “President Obama needs to take responsibility and tell the truth.” We’ll have a hard time getting that from Obama. I don’t know if “truth” is a part of his vocabulary.
Well, we are all waiting for someone to make people accountable rather than just hearing about how bad they are. Perhaps the Cruz “missile” is ready to launch and help make this administration accountable.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.