Skip to comments.Critic of ATF gun-trafficking program raised no objection when briefed last year
Posted on 06/22/2011 8:49:04 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
A chief Republican critic of a controversial U.S. anti-gun-trafficking operation was briefed on ATFs Fast and Furious program last year and did not express any opposition, sources familiar with the classified briefing said Tuesday.
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for top Justice Department officials to be held accountable for the now-defunct operation, was given highly specific information about it at an April 2010 briefing, the sources said. Members of his staff also attended the session, which Issa and two other Republican congressmen had requested.
Fast and Furious targeted Mexican gun traffickers but was linked to the killing of a U.S. law enforcement officer. Republicans in Congress have criticized the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives over its handling of the operation, with Issa calling it felony-stupid bad judgment during a hearing last week in which he grilled a Justice Department official.
At the briefing last year, bureau officials laid out for Issa and other members of Congress from both parties details of several ATF investigations, including Fast and Furious, the sources said. For that program, the briefing covered how many guns had been bought by straw purchasers, the types of guns and how much money had been spent, said one source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the briefing was not public.
All of the things [Issa] has been screaming about, he was briefed on, said one source familiar with the session.
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How about a name for the source?
Ah, a WaPo hit piece using unnamed sources. Pay attention to this Mr. and Mrs. America and not all that nasty business with selling guns to narco terrorists.
In a ‘real’ government, Fast and Furious could bring down a president.
After over 50 years of activism I am more surprised when the sneaky barstards ARE NOT trying to pull a crooked deal.
yeah, you’re probably right. I was thinking more on lines of these two wastes of skin journalists made it all up while sipping over priced lattes in a coffee shop that makes them feel special.
On the other hand, this is coming from WaPo unnamed sources which could be the guy who changes the water bottles in the office water cooler.
Exactly. The Compost did no investigative reporting. CBS and MSNBC actually did. The sad thing is no one trusts, watches or reads them anymore. TheWashCompost will probably get bailed out by Obama and Soro’s when they go under.
How many closed door meetings did they shut out the Repubs?
BTW, this supposedly happened in April, 2010. The Republicans were still in the minority then. any objection that Issa could have made would have been ignored. But, now he has the power...
When presented with facts regarding what/who you normally trust, it can take a while to process the information to the point of concluding it’s “felony-stupid”. Also, when you realize it is you may also realize that speaking/acting on it requires extreme care and planning, lest you choke on your own foot or are rendered metabolically challenged by the accused.
Leave McCain alone heh
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Let Freedom Ring,
"Justice Department officials have said the operation was approved by ATFs Phoenix field office and the U.S. attorneys office in Phoenix".
Since this supposedly occured in April of 2010, we do not know how much information was actually presented to Issa. The Dems on the committee may have simply said, “Uh, we’re tracking some gun sales. The project is hush-hush, so that is all you need to know, Pubbies.”
Issa must be getting very, very close
The left ALWAYS has an ulterior motive, it is their nature.
Let’s hope this smear backfires and makes Issa even more determined.
Either way, the veracity is the same.
On the other hand, it shows Issa why he should live 100% pro 2A and gun rights, everyday, because your radar goes up the moment they want to "brief" you, and you'll catch 'em out.
Congress was briefed on an operation Holder and the head of the ATF didn’t know anything about?
Winner winner chicken dinner B I N G O
Oh, ok, since an unnamed source didn’t care, it must have been ok. /s.
Here's proof: On every US news site where commentary from 'Operation Fast And Furious' is permitted, up until today the discussion has been dominated by RKBA proponents aghast at the BATFE's crimes. Democrats have largely been silent, hoping that this all go away.
Now this article comes out and you'll see the Democrats finally come out swinging as if this story actually means something, when it doesn't.
It is time to appoint an Independent Prosecutor.
Very brilliant assessment you hit the nail square on the head.
Of course, the pro-Obama pair of WaPo writers don’t KNOW what Issa and others were actually BRIEFED on because the ATF refuses to SAY!!!!
Other than that, the standard WaPo “circle the wagons and attack the accusers” bit of Clintonesque methodology works just FINE, don’t it baby??!!
The clear implication of that statement is that some official in either the BATF or in the Justice Department has leaked confidential information to the Washington Post in an attempt to interfere with the oversight responsibilities of Congress.
Where are "the authorities" on this issue - surely there is at least one felony involved in that act.
"ATF is in the midst of uncertainty about its leadership. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. met on Tuesday with Andrew Traver, President Obamas nominee to head the bureau. Travers nomination has stalled in the Senate, and law enforcement and other sources said this week that ATFs interim leadership could be changed in response to pressure over the Fast and Furious controversy."
"But sources said Tuesday that the acting director, Kenneth E. Melson, has not indicated any plans to resign. One source described morale at the troubled agency as poor, with officials and agents uncertain about what will happen next".
Even if true, do they think that makes it OK for the government to ship guns to drug cartels that are ised to murder innocent people including border patrol and US citizens?
Using WaPo’s logic, it’s apparently more wrong not to stop a heinous act than to commit one.
Weak DOJ attempt to hit back at Issa using its WaPo surrogates. Who do they think they are fooling?
See post # 32. If the media were doing their jobs and not trying to shamelessly drag Issa in on what they know are Holder and Obama’s crimes.
The headline should be...
Melson, has not indicated any plans to resign
< / media BS PC OFF>
Melson is not Resigning
REALLY did the secret source say whether the BATF told them that the weopons were allowed to WALK INTO MEXICO TO DRUG CARTELS?
This article is pure diversion.
The REAL news...
I know the answer to the last one is a resounding "NO" because moving contraband across an international border would require State Dept. involvement and everybody knows that.
In April 2010 Issa was a minority member, not the committee chair, and therefore knew that raising a stink at that time might have no other effect than to give time for the thugs at the ATF to cover their tracks.
Try to answer that one under oath!!! :)
Of course he was briefed, Gunrunner’s been around for a while. But did they tell Issa about Obama’s change to the program that allowed guns into Mexico?
1. What exactly was the content of the briefing? Was it made clear at the briefing that the guns were going to be allowed into Mexico?
2. Are we seriously to believe that Congress was briefed on the program at a higher level of detail than Holder? Seriously?
That Mr. Sources guy sure gets around.
Along with my other posts of what is buried in this article BTW:that Melson is not resigning... and the entire buttass backwards theories in this article. (When both the Assistant and AG under sworn testimony have said they know nothing) how can the DOJ brief what they don’t know?
Also: Notice the title. No where does it use the proper operation- Fast and Furious.It is a diversion. Is the Washington Post playing lawyer/biased for Holder and Obama this badly?
I remember reading that the media were stepping up to fightthesmears for Obama but this is a very serious felony we are talking about not some campaign.
From your lips to God’s ears in correcting things.
You cannot get any answers out of the ATF, now, under Subpeona, but a year ago, they offered all of this information freely.
And this comes from an anonymous source.
Good old WallPole. They can be counted on to lie, outright, every time.
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