Andrew Tahmooressi released from Mexican jail; Twitter predicts Obama will take credit

Andrew Tahmooressi released from Mexican jail; Twitter predicts Obama will take credit

A Mexican federal judge in Tijuana ordered the release of former Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi seven months to the day after his arrest. This decision came after the Mexican Attorney General’s office decided not to proceed with prosecution.

Tahmooressi was arrested on the evening of March 31 after getting lost and accidentally crossing into Mexico with three legally purchased and registered firearms in his vehicle. According to the San Diego Union Tribune:

In the United States, it prompted calls for Tahmooressi’s release from politicians, veterans groups and conservative talk show hosts. But for months there had been an impasse, as Mexican federal prosecutors insisted that the case be resolved through the courts — not through diplomatic or political pressure.

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren, who has been a constant and loyal supporter of the former Marine, tweeted the news Friday night:

Tahmooressi also received support from the general public, prompting a White House “We the People” petition demanding that President Obama do all he can to secure the former Marine’s release. In less than a month, the petition garnered the 100,000 signatures needed for an official response.

The White House waited three months to reply, and it was lukewarm at best, referring to diplomacy and the rule of law.

In the months after Tahmooressi’s arrest, President Obama met with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto at least twice on unrelated matters. Attorney General Eric Holder met with his counterpart, Rafael Rebollar, at least once. The name Andrew Tahmooressi never came up at any of these meetings.

Given the administration’s silence during the former Marine’s incarceration, it would be unseemly at best for the president to make any comment now. As Rebecca from Colorado tweeted:

And Lizzy Lou agreed:

But for a president who is long on taking credit while short on accepting responsibility, keeping quiet may prove to be difficult–especially days before an election that’s not looking good for his party.

Here’s a sampling of predictions on Twitter, as assembled by the team at Twitchy:

And if the president were to take credit, there’s always this possibility:

Although the Obama administration did little to secure Tahmooressi’s release, he did receive “a strong diplomatic push from former Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico and Reps. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Matt Salmon (R-AZ),” according to Fox News.

“He was happy, he was smiling, he’s looking good, his spirits are high,” Richardson told Fox News, adding that Tahmooressi said he wants a steak dinner and stone crabs.

Check out more tweets on Tahmooressi’s release at Twitchy.

Michael Dorstewitz

Michael Dorstewitz

Michael Dorstewitz is a recovering Michigan trial lawyer and former research vessel deck officer. He has written extensively for BizPac Review.


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