Skip to comments.Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case
Posted on 01/30/2012 10:16:33 PM PST by neverdem
WASHINGTON Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday are expected to publish a report on the disputed gun trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious, concluding that agents in Arizona not Obama administration officials were responsible for the tactics used in the inquiry and for providing misleading information relayed to Congress.
In an 89-page report, titled Fatally Flawed: Five Years of Gun-walking in Arizona, the Democratic staff portrays Fast and Furious as the fourth investigation, dating back to 2006, in which Arizona-based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed the tactic gun-walking failing to interdict illegally purchased guns in an attempt to build a bigger case.
This report debunks many unsubstantiated conspiracy theories, Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, wrote in a cover letter. Contrary to repeated claims by some, the committee has obtained no evidence that Operation Fast and Furious was a politically motivated operation conceived and directed by high-level Obama administration political appointees at the Department of Justice.
Still, because the report was written by Democrats, the political impact of its conclusion exonerating high-level officials of wrongdoing may be limited. Its publication comes two days before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is to testify before the committee. In previous hearings, Republicans have accused the department of sanctioning the tactics and lying to Congress.
In Fast and Furious, which ran from late 2009 to early 2011, A.T.F. officials lost track of about 2,000 guns purchased by suspected straw buyers. Many weapons are believed to have reached a Mexican drug cartel. Two guns linked to the investigation were found at the site of a shootout in which a Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed.
Congressional Republicans led by Representative Darrell Issa of California, the...
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That information came in a series of e-mails in which the former US attorney in Arizona, Dennis Burke, discussed the F&Fs first fatality, agent Brian Terry, with a Holder deputy. The e-mails were sent in the early hours of Dec. 15, 2010, the day Terry died of wounds received the day before in a shootout 18 miles inside the US border, near Nogales.
The deputy, Monty Wilkinson, responded: Tragic. Ive alerted the AG.
“Report by Baghdad Bob confirms no American troops have entered Baghdad”.
When the truth comes out, all these will have exposed themselves as accessories after the fact.
I had to make sure as I thought it was AzConservative, but with the NYT is is difficult to tell truth from fiction.
“Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case”
Well then, that settles it. Whew. We can now move to other pressing matters. Like the re-election of Obama.
For a minute there, you made me look...
This is one of the Congressional Black Caucus clowns who thinks white folk just pretended to like Herman Cain to hide their foul racism.
The magic bullet theory rides again.
...and keeping Guam from capsizing
“Nope, my brother didn’t kill those hens,” said the fox.
Issa puts up Fast and Furious Website
Countdown until Zer0 leaves Office: 355 days as of January 31, 2012.
Yes, our Representatives have failed to give the pressing issue of Island flipping enough attention. I say, appoint a Island Stability Czar immediately. AND we need to send a delegation to the south pacific for a fact finding tour. Of course they will have to make a few stops at golf courses in Hawaii.
Non-binding political theater that means little to nothing.
Let me be blunt. You can't lay on an operation like this without the help of the AUSA. All your wiretaps, subpoenas, warrants, etc. have to go through the AUSA. It doesn't matter if the head of ATF tells you to do it himself, you still can't get that stuff without the concurrence and support of the AUSA's office.
To buy this load of garbage one has to give a pass on Holder having no responsibility for either his enforcement agencies or the U.S. Attorneys that work directly for him. Additionally, at this point the scandal has gotten to breaking down the coverup and we don't even know what they were trying to cover up yet.
Barf Warning. Ping.
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