Skip to comments.Emails show some W.H. contact on 'Fast and Furious'
Posted on 09/03/2011 6:07:42 PM PDT by mandaladon
At least three White House officials had some knowledge of a controversial federal gun-running investigation that resulted in a large number of guns falling into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, according to emails the Justice Department sent to Congress.
However, the emails do not indicate that the White House aides were briefed on the most controversial aspect of Operation Fast and Furious: the practice of allowing guns to walk or move across the border with little or no interference by law enforcement officials despite their suspicions that the guns were headed for drug gangs. The new emails, delivered to Congress Thursday night, show contacts between William Newell, the head of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Kevin OReilly, who served as director for North American affairs on the White House National Security Staff. OReilly, in turn, briefed Dan Restrepo, the NSS senior director for the Western Hemisphere, and Greg Gatjanis, director for Counterterrorism and Counternarcotics, White House officials confirmed Friday. The emails were first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
The emails validate what has been said previously, which is no one at the White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk, said a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
While the emails dont contain tactical details of the operation, they do show that the White House was in frequent direct contact with the ATF officials directly involved in Fast and Furious. The exchanges also suggest that ATF officials in Phoenix thought White House officials shared their goals and were acutely interested in the bureaus work aimed at tackling the flow of guns into Mexico.
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Feel the burn, baby....
Mods, could we move this to Breaking News?
Exactly what I was thinking.
The next thought will be of people comparing Ford to Biden and lamenting how much they wished for someone as smart as Gerry was instead of Joey B.
Joe Biden makes Ford look like Reagan.
And Sarah will wheel poor Jim out one more time.
Watergate, nothing. This is Obama’s Reichstag Fire. An attempt to eradicate our second amendment rights by planting machine guns in the hands of drug dealers and then attempting to pin the blame on gun sales here in America. The Kenyan Stalinist is not only a pathological liar and subcriminal psychopath, but he is also responsible for the people who were murdered with the aforementioned weapons that he authorized to land in the hands of cold blooded murderers in the drug cartels.
1. 200 Mexy cops dead
2. 2 US officers dead
3. Helicopter shot down
4. Casino burned
That’s just the stuff we KNOW about.
Why did Waco burn to the ground with all those kids inside...? Oh yeah —accusations of dealing MACHINE GUNS.
Great points, but do you actually think this idiot is that smart? Just ax’n.
On some issues, the Kenyan Stalinist is as stupid as dog sh!t and equally worthless. However, on the issues of our freedom and liberty, he is as malicious, vindictive and evil as any of history’s most destructive dictators and other assorted criminal scum.
One of these days your are going to have to let yourself go and really let your feelings out. ;-)
By the way, I find nothing in your arguments that I disagree with.
The Watergate break in was done to obtain evidence the George McGovern was unsuitable to be President. The people involved were motivated by the concern, and a valid one, that McGovern was was so Left Wing he would be a disaster for the country at the time. They thought they were trying to save the country.
Fast and Furious was the result of less patriotic motivations.
They "tackled the flow" by opening the floodgates wide?
LOL. I take pride in being a passionate person when it comes to our individual liberties. Sam Adams is a hero of mine.
Probably a lot more than a little.
This has Valerie Jarrett written all over it.
Why would politico report this? They are after all a wholly owned subsidiary of the Obama administration. I would have expected something like the program was started in the Bush administration and continued by GOP mole civil servant operatives.
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