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Holder: ‘Fast & Furious’ Is Not Fast & Furious

From CNS News:

Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious

By Matt Cover
June 7, 2012

(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony today that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase “Fast and Furious” do not refer to the controversial gun-walking operation Fast and Furious.

Under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who read excerpts of the emails at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight, Holder claimed that the phrase “Fast and Furious” did not refer to Fast and Furious but instead referred to another gun-walking operation known as “Wide Receiver.”

How many ‘gun-walking’ programs were they running down there?

However, the emails refer to both programs — "Fast and Furious" and the "Tucson case," from where Wide Receiver was launched — and reveal Justice Department officials discussing how to handle media scrutiny when both operations become public.

Among three of the emails, the second, dated “October 17, 2010 11:07 PM,” was sent by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein to James Trusty and it states: “Do you think we should have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case [Wide Receiver] are unsealed? It’s a tricky case, given the number of guns that have walked, but it is a significant set of prosecutions.”

In the third email, dated Oct. 18, 2010, James Trusty writes back to Weinstein: “I think so, but the timing will be tricky, too. Looks like we’ll be able to unseal the Tucson case sooner than the Fast and Furious (although this may be just the difference between Nov. and Dec).”

“It’s not clear how much we’re involved in the main F and F [Fast and Furious] case,” reads the email, “but we have Tucson [Wide Receiver] and now a new unrelated case with [redacted] targets. It’s not any big surprise that a bunch of US guns are being used in MX [Mexico], so I’m not sure how much grief we get for ‘guns walking.’ It may be more like ‘Finally, they’re going after people who sent guns down there.’”

Operation Wide Receiver was run out of Tucson, Ariz., between 2006 and 2007 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), a division of the Justice Department.

In his testimony, Holder said that the emails only referred to Operation Wide Receiver.

Holder told the committee: “That refers to Wide Receiver, not to Fast and Furious. The e-mail that you [Rep. Chaffetz] just read [between Trusty and Weinstein] – now this is important – that email referred to Wide Receiver, it did not refer to Fast and Furious. That has to be noted for the record.”

Chaffetz, after a long pause, said, "No, it doesn’t. It says Fast and Furious. ‘Do you think we should have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case [Wide Receiver] are unsealed?’ It’s specific to Fast and Furious. That is not true, Mr. Attorney General. I’m happy to share it with you." …

So it is pretty clear that Mr. Holder, who is the highest law enforcement officer in the land, was being less than truthful, even though he was testifying under oath.

The question is, will Congress let him get away with it?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 8th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Holder: ‘Fast & Furious’ Is Not Fast & Furious”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Steve asked, “The question is, will Congress let him get away with it?”

    Apparently so. It would appear that Boehner is a white apologist and scared for his image more than he is worried about attaining justice in the name of the American people who he is elected to serve in his capacity as congressman and speaker of the house.

    There are only narcissists in DC, it would seem, when it comes to those with the authority to do anything, and Boehner isn’t any different than any of the rest. His priorities appear to be

    1)Make sure no one sees me smoking.
    2)Tanning bed appointments, first part of the day, every day.
    3)How will this help me politically?
    5)Golf with the president.
    6-10)Doing my job.

    The fact that doing his job is in there at all is a wonder. But in the great bell-curve that is the human population, we have a large component of it which consists of people who never learned what it means to serve others, who have spent their lives privileged and avoiding the hoi-polloi of the world in order to please mommy and daddy and become a “big-name” politician. In cultured society of the US, that seems to count for something more than being a steadfast defender of the US Constitution.

    So Boehner will not proceed with plans to destroy Holder because he considers it to be political suicide, which only furthers my opinion that he’s so out-of-touch with reality about what the people really want. But in his cloistered universe, he couldn’t stand to have any of his “peers” on the opposite side of the aisle give him the stink-eye. He likes to think he “gets along with everyone” which is the sign of a truly weak individual both socially and politically. If you have no enemies, you’re not doing it right, John. And really, why are you in DC at all? I think the list above is why. You like looking the part without actually having to DO anything.

    And you’re SOTH because your entrenched elitist elders said it was “your turn”. Thus, you have been a loyal party lackey, not making any waves, not drawing attention to things, not making anyone mad, and “getting along with everyone.”

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