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AG Eric Holder stonewalls again on “Fast and Furious”

2012-02-03T13:15:17-05:00

Yesterday, US Attorney General Eric Holder testified again before the US House of Representatives’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the bungled BATFE operation “Fast and Furious.” The operation ordered US gun shops along the Mexican border to knowingly sell guns to Mexican drug cartels, and also had federal agents selling guns directly to the cartels. Some of the guns have been used to kill Mexican and US citizens, including at least two US federal agents (US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and Homeland Security Investigations special agent Jaime Zapata).

Holder continues to insist he knew nothing about it and did not order the operation to do what it did, and that he stopped it when he found out about it. Emails prove that Holder’s staff knew about Fast and Furious long before the killing started, however. None of his staff, and none of the BATFE agents involved have been punished for the operation’s excesses, just “reassigned,” while the agents who blew the whistle on the operation’s misdeeds have all been reassigned to less-desirable locations, or demoted.

Two days before Thursday’s hearing, the minority Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tried to subvert Thursday’s hearing by releasing a “report” which claimed to exonerate Holder and blame the Bush administration (as well as the Arizona office of the BATFE),  not Holder’s Justice Department in Washington D.C., for the botched operation. The Democrats’ statement was widely reported in the media, of course.

Meanwhile, Brian Terry’s family has filed a $25 million wrongful-death lawsuit against the BATFE. Sharyl Attkisson, the CBS reporter who filed the story linked in this paragraph, reported being screamed at and cursed by White House and Justice Department officials late last year when she began investigating the story.

(BATFE officials actually discussed using the Fast and Furious sales, which increased the number of guns in criminals’ hands, as justification to push for more gun control laws. First you create the problem, then you “solve” it. That is especially creepy.)

Eric Holder’s involvement in Fast and Furious is a tremendous liability for President Obama, especially in an election year. That is why this scandal is such an explosive one. And that is why most of the legacy media takes turns either ignoring the scandal, or promoting the Democrats’ efforts to make it go away. But there are still more than 1400 guns out there in the drug cartels’ hands, of the 2000+ guns that the operation sold to them. The killing will continue.

The scandal is not going to go away. Eric Holder has to, though. It’s only a matter of time. If not now, then in November 2012 when his boss, President Obama, loses the election.

(There, your “Fast and Furious” update, in less than 500 words. I’m not particularly vexed today, just matter-of-fact.)

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