Rep. Darrel Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is publicly circulating a briefing paper and draft contempt-of-Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Department of Justice’s stonewalling in the investigation into the gun-walking scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious.
A lawyer for DOJ sent a letter in which he said the department “strongly disputes” the assertion that it has not been cooperating with Congress. He relying on arguments against releasing information about ongoing investigations to Congress and about releasing information about how members of the department planned to deal with a congressional investigation.
Operation Fast and Furious was shut down, and the investigation started a year and a half ago, and those 7,600 pages represent only about 10 percent of the documents Issa’s committee has subpoenaed. The fact that DOJ has repeatedly made false or misleading assertions and then had to backpedal when their duplicity was exposed, strongly suggests an active intention to cover up certain aspects of the operation.
At the very least, this draft resolution helps to raise awareness of the situation, and it does an excellent job of spelling out the specifics of the Fast and Furious case. We renew our call for a fully empowered and truly independent investigator to get to the bottom of the F&F debacle. The operation clearly violated U.S. and Mexican law and helped to fuel the horrific violence being waged in Mexico and on the border.
White House refusing to allow a former staffer to testify, a U.S. attorney refusing to answer questions by citing his Fifth Amendment rights and Eric Holder installing close friends as interim director of ATF and DOJ inspector general – tasked with the internal investigation of the matter – all beg for closer scrutiny.
What were the real objectives of the operation? Connecting high ranking cartel leaders with the guns, is ludicrous. Consider: ATF facilitated bulk firearms purchases much larger than dealers would normally make and much larger than needed to make a case against the buyers and their bosses. ATF made no effort to interdict, follow, track or trace the guns; the guns didn’t “get away from them,” they were intentionally allowed to “walk.” ATF let them walk and then waited for them to show up at crime scenes.
DOJ knew that the highest ranking targets identified in the operation were unindictable informants for the FBI. They knew the various layers of the criminal command structure before the first gun was allowed to “walk.” And since Mexican authorities were neither involved in, nor informed about the operation, there is no way ATF or DOJ could have followed up with arrests of anyone in Mexico. It is clear that the Mexican governmentwas never supposed to find out about Operation Fast and Furious.
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