As noted here…
Attorney General Eric Holder is clashing with congressional Republicans seeking more information about a flawed gun-trafficking investigation in Arizona.
Lawmakers at a House Judiciary Committee hearing asked Holder what he knew in advance of public disclosure of a so-called gun-walking tactic in early 2011. As part of Operation Fast and Furious, agents were told to forego immediate arrests of suspected straw purchasers of guns and instead try to track the guns to higher-ups in gun-smuggling rings.
Agents lost track of hundreds of guns which flowed south to Mexico, where many were recovered at crime scenes. Two such guns were found in the U.S. at the scene of the killing of border agent Brian Terry.
Holder says he became aware of the gun-walking tactic at the same time as the public.
I know it’s really difficult for the wingnuts to accept this, but could it be that Holder is actually telling the truth here? And that there actually isn’t some kind of godawful conspiracy to indiscriminately arm Mexicans so they can cross back over the border and kill us?
A high-ranking Justice Department official was “stunned” when he learned in 2010 that agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) allowed weapons to “walk” across the Mexican border during the Bush administration, according to recently disclosed documents.
Documents show that Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, a career federal prosecutor in a leadership position within the Obama DOJ’s Criminal Division, and other officials worked to keep the attention of the press away from the Bush-era “gun walking” tactics long before the problems with Operation Fast and Furious went public.
“Been thinking more about ‘Wide Receiver I’,” Weinstein wrote in an email on April 12, 2010. “ATF HQ [headquarters] should/will be embarrassed that they let this many guys walk — I’m stunned, based on what we’ve had to do to make sure not even a single operable weapon walked in [undercover] operations I’ve been involved in planning — and there will be press about that.”
And it turns out that “Wide Receiver” took place from 2006 until the end of 2007 according to TPM. And by the way, Media Matters also tells us that the ATF was trying to track down the “walked” guns in “Fast and Furious” before border agent Terry was tragically killed by at least one of those weapons.
If Issa and his pals really want to assign blame for this admitted ATF failure, then maybe they should take a look in the mirror; as noted here, Congress has been playing games with funding the ATF for years. And as noted here, President Obama received praise from Mayors Against Illegal Guns two years ago for increasing ATF funding.
I should probably encourage Issa to knock off this nonsense, and I do, but the only good thing is that, while these phony-baloney hearings of his are going on (and once more, thanks to all you numbskull voters out there who returned the U.S. House Repugs to power two years ago and enabled this crap), at least he can’t do any more damage to the economy, which he already has done and would do even more based on this.