Monday, October 10, 2011

Issa Accueses Holder of Lying About Fast & Furious

The House of Representatives investigation into Fast & Furious has perhaps moved into a new phase.  In this letter, published on the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform website, and originally published by David Codrea, Chairman Issa accuses Eric Holder of lying in his testimony before Congress.  One damning paragraph among many:
Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of this intransigence is that the Department of Justice has been lying to Congress ever since the inquiry into Fast and Furious began. On February 4, 2011, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote that "ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transport into Mexico." This letter, vetted by both the senior ranks of ATF as well as the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, is a flat-out lie.
This letter lays out Rep. Issa's justification for continued investigation, and throws down the gauntlet to Holder, and by extension, the Obama Administration, to come clean about this scandal. I encourage everyone to read this letter: it summarizes the extent of the corruption involved in the cover-up.

I am beginning to believe that Eric Holder will be forced to resign in order to deflect he damage from the Obama Administration. If he resigns, however, will he resist testifying about any wider extent of the scandal, or will Holder "roll over" on others?

Another question: Why in Hell did the DOJ do this, Fast & Furious, that is, in the first place?


GMC70 said...

Another question: Why in Hell did the DOJ do this, Fast & Furious, that is, in the first place?

Too easy. To get "facts" on the ground which would justify pushing a new assault weapons ban.

Sounds a little conspiratorial, I know. But I can't imagine another purpose. If you're gonna track them to make busts (and I can understand why you might want to take Mexican authorities out of loop, given corruption there), it would help to actually, ya know, track the guns.

They didn't. They frankly wanted bodies, to justify the political goal. As usual, they simply didn't think they wouldn't get caught. And but for some ATF agents with a conscience, they probably wouldn't have.

LeftCoastConservative said...

I suspect you are correct, and certainly the bloggers David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh think so, but there is as yet no proof that this is the case. It is possible that we will never have definitive proof.

I asked the question in an attempt to elicit other possible reasons for Fast & Furious.