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The Next Witch Hunt


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.