There’s really no doubt any longer.
As Curt noted, this administration is lying through its teeth about Fast and Furious.
Liberals have all sorts of pathetic commentary for Fast and Furious- it runs from the frenetically dissembling Jay Carney saying it’s not worthy of Congress
to the feckless Sheila Jackson Lee blaming George Bush while conflating Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious.
It’s been suggested that Fast and Furious intended to create violence in Mexico as a means of introducing stricter gun laws.
TAPPER: You really think that there’s a possibility that they were sending guns across the border not because they were trying to get people in the Mexican drug cartels, not because they were trying to figure out drug — I mean, gun trafficking, but because they were trying to push gun control?
ISSA: Two things quickly. First of all, this was so flawed that you can’t believe they expected to actually get criminal prosecutions as a result of it. So the level of flaw — flaw — flaw, if that’s a word, here is huge.
But here’s the real answer as to gun control. We have e-mail from people involved in this that are talking about using what they’re finding here to support the — basically assault weapons ban or greater reporting.
So chicken or egg? We don’t know which came first; we probably never will. We do know that during this — this Fast and Furious operation, there were e-mails in which they’re saying we can use this as part of additional reporting or things like assault weapons ban. So the people involved saw the benefit of what — what they were gathering. Whether or not that was their original purpose, we probably will never know.
“Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.”
And there is indirect evidence.
Right on cue, Democratic lawmakers have begun to say the DOJ’s lethal and irresponsible Fast and Furious program underscores the need for stricter gun control laws:
“This hunt for blame doesn’t really speak about the problem,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein at a recent Senate Judiciary hearing while discussing Fast and Furious.
“And the problem is, anybody can walk in and buy anything, .50-caliber weapons, sniper weapons, buy them in large amounts, and send them down to Mexico. So, the question really becomes, what do we do about this?”
The ranking Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (Md.), and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) have introduced a dedicated firearms trafficking statute, but it has stalled in the House Judiciary Committee.
Congressman Darrell Issa narrowed the focus of his investigation to specific documents:
In recent days, Issa agreed to “narrow the scope” of his request for Justice Department documents to the period right after Holder sent a letter to Congress denying allegations that his department allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported the guns to Mexico.
It turned out that there was something amiss with that letter:
Holder later had to rescind the letter when it was revealed that the gun-tracking allegations were true.
Holder has had to walk more than one statement back:
“This is the second time in nearly seven months that the Department has gotten its facts wrong about gunwalking,” Grassley said. “Attorney General Holder accused Attorney General Mukasey, without producing any evidence, of having been briefed on gunwalking in Wide Receiver. The case Attorney General Mukasey was briefed on, Hernandez, is fundamentally different from both Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious since it involved cooperation with the Mexican government. Attorney General Holder’s retraction should have included an apology to the former Attorney General.”
As Holder continued to squirm and duck having to release the documents, he phoned a friend. Almost immediately, Barack Obama dropped Executive Privilege on those documents.
Rather than try to resolve the issue, the Obama administration has been punishing the Fast and Furious whistleblowers.
Six months ago, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stood before Congress to testify about the details of a U.S. government program that armed Mexico’s largest drug cartel with thousands of assault rifles.
The administration denied it at the time and questioned the agents’ integrity. The men were nervous and scared. They said they feared for their careers, their reputation and their families.
“Any attempt to retaliate against them for their testimony today would be unfair, unwise and unlawful,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, warned the Department of Justice.
He and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., began an investigation to determine who authorized “Operation Fast and Furious” and aimed to hold accountable those responsible for a plan that helped known criminals run guns across the border in violation of U.S. and international law.
And while President Obama has said the operation was a mistake and that “people who screwed up will be held accountable,” the record so far does not bear that out. Those in charge of the botched operation have been reassigned or promoted, their pensions intact. But many of those who blew the whistle face isolation, retaliation and transfer.
And now the White House has blocked access to a key staffer
The White House said a former National Security staffer who communicated with ATF’s Special Agent in charge of “Fast and Furious” cannot be interviewed by Congressional investigators.
The ATF Special Agent, Bill Newell, testified to Congress in July 2011 that he’s a longtime friend with then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly. …
For nearly a year, Republican Congressional investigators have been seeking an interview with O’Reilly to ask what he knew “about the objectives and tactics used in Fast and Furious and with whom did he share his knowledge.”
Fast and Furious resulted in the deaths of more than 300 Mexicans and at least two Americans. The left wing press has been on a drunk reminding us of the 40 year anniversary of Watergate (in which no one was killed) but it has virtually no interest in Fast and Furious.
There’s something that neither Obama nor Holder nor the left wing press want the families of Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata to know.