Eric Holder, Eric Holder Eric Holder.... Should he be indicted? Is there a cover-up? Are ATF agents being muzzled? Is Justice in a CYA mode? Was there a plan by Obama to shift the blame of US weapons going into Mexico on American gun laws? The big question is why would JD let this happen? What would they gain? There was no way to track the weapons once in Mexico. Very strange...
CBS News has learned that House and Senate investigators have descended upon Arizona for their probe into the so-called "Gunwalker" scandal. They're gathering interviews from witnesses, including ATF insiders and area gun shop owners. Sources tell CBS News the congressional investigators are frustrated by what they view as across-the-board stonewalling by government agencies which have refused to provide information in the investigation. Government officials have said they won't provide information while their own investigations are ongoing. The Arizona connection:
"They're investigating themselves," says one source on Capitol Hill, "and then claiming the open investigations preclude them from giving Congress information it needs for independent oversight. It's highly improper."
Attkisson's report also identifies the Assistant U.S. Attorney who advised Operation Fast and Furious as AUSA Emory Hurley. Mr. Hurley's boss U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke was the long-time chief of staff for Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. As a reminder, one should not forget that Napolitano was the Governor of Arizona until she assumed the DHS post in 2009.
Congressional investigators are in Arizona tracking down information in the on-going “Project Gunrunner” investigation, and according to CBS News
, one of the key figures involved in the Phoenix-based “Fast and Furious” segment of the gun running sting may provide a link to Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano.
CBS News is reporting this afternoon that the prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix who advised the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on “Fast and Furious was Emory Hurley. He answers to U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who formerly served as chief of staff for then-Gov. Napolitano.
Independent blogger Mike Vanderboegh, who dug up the Gunrunner story with National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea almost five months ago, is also commenting on this new development here
In a related development, Attkisson reports that George Gillett continues to spill the beans to Sen. Charles Grassley's staff. As I emphasized earlier in the month
, this is the equivalent of a Nixon White House insider giving the goods to Sen. Sam Ervin's Watergate investigation.
The Justice Department
is obstructing the congressional investigation of a U.S. law enforcement operation intended to crack down on major weapons traffickers on the Southwest border, according to the embattled leader of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Read more at the Washington Examiner: Operation Fast and Furious should end Holder tenure | Examiner Editorial | Opinion | Washington Examiner
Watergate cliches though they are, two questions beg to be asked about the exploding Fast and Furious scandal at the U.S. Department of Justice: What did Attorney General Eric Holder know and when did he know it concerning the underlying concept, operational protocols and legal status of the Operation Fast and Furious program in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau?
June 28, 2011. Media Matters has documented
the growing trend of Fox News and other conservative media outlets pushing the baseless conspiracy theory that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, Explosives (ATF) Fast and Furious program was an intentional covert plan to push gun control laws.