Rep. Marsha Blackburn calls for investigation into 2011 Gibson guitar plant raids

Rep. Marsha BlackburnIn light of the series of scandals plaguing the Obama administration, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) called on President Obama Wednesday to give a full explanation behind the 2011 raids on the Gibson Guitar Corp. in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn.

The Congresswoman, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and several of her colleagues on the committee sent a letter to the Departments of Justice and the Interior Wednesday requesting answers on why the government specifically went after the guitar company.

In her statement, Blackburn said:

“The recent scandals surrounding this administration raise a number of questions about who they choose to target and why. The arrogance and lack of transparency displayed by this President and his cabinet officials in events such as the raids on Gibson Guitar and the IRS targeting of conservative groups show a complete disregard for the rule of law.

“It is clear that this administration made a choice to use excessive regulatory methods to intimidate conservative groups and individuals who disagree with their political ideology. Not only is this wrong, but it is illegal. No one should have to live in fear of their government. President Obama owes the American people a full explanation as to why these decisions were made, and anyone responsible for plotting these politically motivated attacks should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

Investigators involved in the raids alleged at the time that the guitar company had violated the Lacey Act, a federal law restricting the importation of endangered plants and animals, by acquiring finished wood products for its guitars from India and Madagascar.

The raids on the guitar company’s Tennessee plants gained national attention two years ago when it was revealed that the company’s CEO, Henry Juszkiewicz, was a big-time Republican donor who contributed to the campaigns of Blackburn and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), among others. Many conservative activists believed that Gibson had been targeted for political reasons, and even held a rally in Nashville in October 2011 in support of Juszkiewicz and the company.

Gibson Guitar Corp. ended up paying a $300,000 fine in August 2012 to avoid criminal charges over violation of the Lacey Act.

Last week, Investor’s Business Daily published an editorial suggesting that Juszkiewicz’s Republican leanings had prompted the raids, noting that the owner of one of Gibson’s largest competitors, Chris Martin IV of C.F. Martin & Co.,  is a major Democratic donor that uses the same imported wood for its guitars yet that company wasn’t raided for violation of the Lacey Act.

“Now the Gibson Guitar raids make sense,” the paper opined.

Comments

Comments

  1. sda53 says:

    We need our state representative to set up a way for us to pay all tax money to our states and cut Washington off. They only care about our money not justice. IRS, Fed, obamacare all need to be shut down. They can not exist without we the people. All government created entities need to be done away with as they have all turned into too much power and abuse to fund the corrupt. We need our State Representatives to come up with a plan to save us from this corrupt takeover.PLEASE! obama murdered Americans to cover up his gun running and has no plans of being held accountable. Now he is spreading rumors about the deceased victims like any of that matters. HE MURDERED AMERICANS WHO COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED! Help us……….

    1. Roger says:

      I totally agree this Federal Gov has way way over reached it’s constitutional limitations its the 600 lb gorilla’s that is now consuming everything it wants , Or tries to stand in its way I have lots of past relatives who fought and died for states rights that the feds started to take from the stats in 1859 through 1861 when the starts started to fight back..

      As for Gibson that was a hit job for the fact they are non-unionized and Obama was getting Pressure from the Unions to fix the problem .. This IRS deal is his Nixon Watergate /Waterloo (:
      Yes I think all states should be right to work stats so as to not have to pay union dues to this sort I worked Union for 3 yrs then I got smart , got out and started getting paid for what I was worth not the lazy Fat arse setting on a tool box all day talking . this one gets a desk he is the boss (:
      http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2013/05/29/embarassing-photos-surface-of-union-boss-allegedly-asleep-on-the-job/

  2. Roger says:

    Hey I also meant to mention that Obama sent his entire war chest against Gibson not just the IRS but the EPA and the Dept. of Labor as I recall it the EPA came down on them for using some wood that had been curing for yrs and they found out it was all legal wood from some country and all the taxes and duties and import and export had been paid then the Labor dept and one other Fed Agency I can’t recall now May have been the ICC ..This guy is crooked as hell and He and Shulman where thick as thieves and water seeks its own level and this will all come out over the next yr. took several yrs to get old Tricky Dick Nixon (: and I voted for him , it was my 1st time old enough to vote (21 then) and honest and happy enough to see him go also as any one who can lie barefaced like this should never have their finger on the button..I’ll never back or support a liar ..

  3. Andrew says:

    Wait a sec. Gibson paid a fine of $300k “without admitting guilt”. Classic plea bargain structure. “Gibson has acknowledged that it failed to act on information that the Madagascar ebony it was purchasing may have violated laws intended to limit overharvesting and conserve valuable species,” said Assistant Attorney General Ignacia Moreno, with the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division.

    Yep, sounds like a totally political witch hunt….NOT!

Polititainment

Jenner comes out as trans, Republican
Former Olympian and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star Bruce Jenner finally revealed that he identifies as a woman in his Friday night “20/20″ interview with Diane Sawyer, but it was a different announcement that had viewers freaking out. Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when President Obama became the first president to even say the […]
Waka Flocka Flame endorses Hillary

Just days after announcing his own candidacy for president in 2016, Waka Flocka Flame is endorsing Hillary Clinton for the White House. The Atlanta rapper said during a recent interview with MTV News that he will vote for Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Obama honors New England Patriots

President Obama honored the Super Bowl Champion football team on the South Lawn, kicking off his remarks with a joke about the team's long since past "Deflate Gate" controversy.

Olivia Wilde endorses Hillary Clinton

Actress Olivia Wilde is "excited" by Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The film star, who campaigned for then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, expressed her enthusiasm for the "political discussions" that result from election season during a recent interview with The Daily Beast.

Robert Downey Jr. walks out of interview

Robert Downey Jr. cut short a recent interview with British Channel 4 News reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy when the journalist questioned the actor about a past statement regarding how being imprisoned impacted his political beliefs.

2016

Sen. Cornyn worried about Clinton transparency

On Jan. 20, 2009, the U.S. Senate was poised to nominate then-Senator Clinton as secretary of State by a unanimous consent vote, but Sen. Jon Cornyn (R-Tex.) objected, temporarily thwarting Clinton’s nomination.

Jeb Bush is on the Paleo diet

Jeb Bush is slimming down ahead of his likely 2016 bid for the White House. The former governor of Florida has lost about 30 pounds on the Paleo diet since December, according to a report in The New York Times.

NYT reporter: Hillary calls everything 'off-limits'

New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" Thursday that Hillary Clinton ahead of her run for president in 2016 is dismissing every critical report about her as illegitimate and "off-limits."

Seth Meyers defends Hillary Clinton

Seth Meyers defended Hillary Clinton during Thursday's episode of "Late Night," dismissing allegations about the former secretary of State that will be laid out by the forthcoming anti-Clinton book "Clinton Cash."

Rick Perry disagrees with Christie on pot

Rick Perry is against legalizing marijuana--but, unlike Chris Christie, wouldn't "crack down" on states that choose to legalize.

Policy

Obamacare brings growth in food stamp enrollment
CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama’s health care law has had a surprising side effect: In some states, it appears to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps, even as the economy improves. New, streamlined application systems built for the health care overhaul are making it easier for people to enroll in government benefit […]
DC gets mad at Gowdy and Buck over gun photo

Reps Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) and Ken Buck (R-Colo.) just dodged a run-in with the D.C. authorities.

The danger of policing through Facebook

These days, everything happens on social media--including solving crime.

Police seized 11-yr-old for defending legal pot

One Kansas school apparently found a child's earnest defense of marijuana legalization so threatening they called the police on his mother.

Support for Obamacare hits surprising high
Support for Obamacare has hit a two-year high, despite the tax season surprises that followed the law this year. According to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll released Tuesday, the percentage of people who say they support the healthcare law is greater than those who oppose it for the first time since the fall of 2012. […]