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Ben Birnbaum of the Washington Times joins Frank to explain what is happening inside Venezuela.  Pablo Perez is a rising political opponent to Chavez’s regime and could contest the long standing leader in the upcoming election. Pablo Perez seems to pro-American which is in stark contrast with the current Venezuelan policy under Chavez. Will Chavez make it to the election?  If Chavez does not make it to the election, who would take over for him and could that person beat Perez in a fair election? America should not get overly involved in the opposition because it could be seen as American interference and potentially hurt opposition support.

Representative Louie Gohmert spends time with Frank to try and clarify what Eric Holder and the DOJ is trying to do with respect to the Fast and Furious debacle. Eric Holder testified on May 3 that he only heard about Fast and Furious a few weeks prior which documents from DOJ showed to be false. DOJ provided Congress with over 100 pages of irrelevant documents in order to obscure the truth. The Attorney General of the United States is supposed to uphold the law, but Eric Holder broke the law when he lied during a Congressional hearing. Isn’t it time for him to go? According the Attorney General Holder, a few weeks and a few months aren’t really that different when referring to the time when he found out about this operation. Holder either misled Congress intentionally or negligently, either way his credibility is ruined.  Holder has failed to produce and evidence pertaining to the Inspector General’s investigation into Fast and Furious. According to Holder, he and the IG are so close that they don’t need a formal order; the Attorney General and IG should not have that close of a relationship. No matter how you break it down, Holder is incompetent and should be removed from his position. How come other Attorney Generals have been removed for less offenses, but yet Obama will not remove this one? Congressman Gohmert also touches on the fact that the Obama Administration is handcuffing U.S. agents trying to fight Islamic extremism as well as the fact the Obama Administration not allowing this threat to be properly characterized and spoken about among government officials.

Gordon Chang gives his analysis as to what is happening in China. China seems to be using its maritime fleet of fishing trawlers to push their territorial boundaries. A Chinese trawler went into South Korean waters and ended up killing a South Korean Coast Guardsman. At what point will America and other Asian nations push back against China’s aggressive expansionism? There are 10 major hacking groups in China, which cannot be formed without some form of government knowledge and support, which are attacking civilian as well as government instillations within the United States as well as other nations.  Could this hacking have played a part in the Iranians acquiring a U.S. drone? What are the implications of China getting a hold of this drone? The Chinese/Iranian relationship is growing more nefarious by the day and this unholy alliance could pose serious security risks to the United States as well as other nations.  We cannot negotiate arms control treaties with Russia, without including China because the Chinese may have thousands of strategic missiles hidden inside these underground tunnels that have been discovered in China.

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