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Sen Grassley : New Letter to Holder Today
Grassley.senate.gov ^

Posted on 07/03/2012 2:15:35 PM PDT by sunmars

Some who spoke with my office claim they were “alarmed” by the substance of the memorandum and it caused such a stir that ATF planned to put a panel together to address the allegations but someone within DOJ suppressed the idea.

The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress on February 4, 2011, raises more questions about DOJ’s claim that faulty information from Department components inadvertently led to the false letter. This was direct, documented information from street level agents in a far better position to know the facts than the senior supervisory personnel whom DOJ claims to have relied upon for information about the allegations. Discovering how high up the chain of command inside the Justice Department the memorandum was reviewed has not been easy. The Department has not made available certain individuals who could corroborate what my office has been told.

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Grassley is going right after the coverup, who in the DOJ decided to coverup an ATF panel investigation and shut it down. This is real damning interesting stuff.
1 posted on 07/03/2012 2:15:40 PM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

200+ Mexicans dead, 2 dead US cops, Federale helicopter shot-down, casino burned with dead people stacked up in the bathroom for fresh air, grenades, POTUS cover-up....

When I was a boy I never imagined we’d get HERE.

It’s like a movie.

BIGGEST SCANDAL IN US HISTORY.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 2:22:44 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: sunmars

lock WithHolder up, throw away the key!


3 posted on 07/03/2012 2:23:40 PM PDT by nevermorelenore
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To: sunmars
Grassley is going right after the coverup, who in the DOJ decided to coverup an ATF panel investigation and shut it down. This is real damning interesting stuff.

More-so than that contrived outrage over the cover-up of the break-in to some doomed campaign office some 40 years ago. The Media can't provide enough pats on their own backs for engineering that coup, but when it comes to covering the case of government (Dem Government) abetted murder, and that cover-up -- nothing but crickets...

4 posted on 07/03/2012 2:26:23 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: sunmars
IMPEACH NOW.
5 posted on 07/03/2012 2:26:58 PM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: gaijin

1,000 shots fired, 4 gunmen dead, 2 cops wounded.

It’s getting ROUTINE:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-UFL4Cuz3k


6 posted on 07/03/2012 2:29:51 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: sunmars

“”Sen Grassley : New Letter to Holder Today”””

Maybe it’s a scary one WITH ALL CAPS. That’ll show em.


7 posted on 07/03/2012 2:35:55 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: shelterguy

The DOJ is the new Sopranos


8 posted on 07/03/2012 2:41:28 PM PDT by wac3rd (Somewhere in Hell, Ted Kennedy snickers.....)
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To: sunmars

They are not going to let up on this sleeze bag. They will ultimately get a court order...and then these bozos will start destroying evidence if they haven’t been involved in it already in a major way.

But its going to come out. There are patriots within Justice who are leaking what is happening and blowing the whistle.

Thank God for them and God bless and protect them. Save for them, we would not have known about any of this until it blew up on our own streets.

I am willing to bet, that some of the things that have occurred over the last year, if we knew everything, right here in America, will lead back to the same operation. IOW, they probably walked guns to criminals on this side of hte border too.

MURDERGATE: Eric Holder and FAst and Furious
http://www.jeffhead.com/fandf.htm


9 posted on 07/03/2012 2:43:57 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: shelterguy

And after the angry letter with ALL CAPS, they’ll show how realllly angry they are by sending over a pound of chocolates. But none with the cream centers.

They’re reallllly angry after all.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 2:44:52 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat
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To: sunmars

The three paragraphs before the last paragraph of the SA’s memo documenting his contact with Grassley’s group is ‘damning’ for sure.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 2:46:35 PM PDT by MissMagnolia (Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. (M.Thatcher))
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To: Jeff Head

Oh, I’m sure they have been destroying evidence,
their problem then becomes what to do when there is
proof of evidence that no longer exists.

Remember it was the missing 18 minutes of tape
that brought down Nixon.

This is not going away, nor should it, there are
loose ends here that need unraveling, once some of
them start to go to jail tongues will wag.


12 posted on 07/03/2012 2:50:47 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Jeff Head
IOW, they probably walked guns to criminals on this side of the border too.

There was an article this morning that said one of the agents involved in starting F&F did the same thing with organized crime in Minnesota's Twin Cities earlier. Lemme go find the link...

13 posted on 07/03/2012 2:52:58 PM PDT by HiJinx (He who controls the water, controls life.)
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To: Jeff Head
Report points to Clinton-era gun-walking

Posted Friday, not this morning. My bad.

14 posted on 07/03/2012 2:57:46 PM PDT by HiJinx (He who controls the water, controls life.)
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To: sunmars

OOO letters....

Why don’t you send him some chocolate too, Chuck?


15 posted on 07/03/2012 3:01:13 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: gaijin
BIGGEST SCANDAL IN US HISTORY.

Until we see what progresses after the elections we won't know the determination of Grassley and gang.

So far with political history as a gauge, NOTHING will come of Fast and Furious.

16 posted on 07/03/2012 3:11:15 PM PDT by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Jeff Head

They’ll all start taking the 5th like that Prosecutor in Arizona.


17 posted on 07/03/2012 3:15:40 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: sunmars
This was direct, documented information from street level agents in a far better position to know the facts than the senior supervisory personnel whom DOJ claims to have relied upon for information about the allegations.

What's this crap about pretending that the "street level" had better information when it is obvious that F&F originated at the top level?

18 posted on 07/03/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: tet68
Oh, I’m sure they have been destroying evidence, their problem then becomes what to do when there is proof of evidence that no longer exists.

Exactly. With email, there is no way to know for certain you have completely destroyed it.

19 posted on 07/03/2012 3:23:50 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Jeff Head
There are patriots within Justice who are leaking what is happening and blowing the whistle.

I'm not entirely sure about their patriotism, but would be very surprised if some of them aren't FBI agents who've had it up to here and beyond with Holder and his racist minions.

Hoover made it his business to cast his agency as the country's and indeed, the world's premier law enforcement agency. At many points and in many ways, the agency's reputation mattered more to him and many, many agents than its actual record of crime fighting. The FBI has been less obsessed with its reputation of recent years, but I'd be extremely surprised if highly placed individuals within it aren't infuriated by the damage being done to its lingering reputation.

I'm sure when history writes the truth about the Fast & Furious conspiracy, the FBI, DEA, State Department, and others will prove to have been no less deeply involved in massive, systematic felonious activity than the BATFE. I won't be at all surprised if part of the conspiracy will be shown to have included laundering money from Mexican narcotics cartels for President Food Stamps' campaign and Holder's personal enrichment. I have a hunch FBI uppermost managers are exposing damning secrets in the hope Holder and BATFE will end up taking the heat and their agency will blithely skate away from the damage.

20 posted on 07/03/2012 3:24:39 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: tet68

Amen to every bit of that.

I hope they grab hold of this like an old Bull Dog and start shaking, with a lock so tight on it that with every shake that grip tightens and just digs in deeper until the severe something vital and all the guts come spilling out.

We know of two dead American officers...I bet there are more.

We know of 200 dead Mexican citizens...I bet there are a lot more.

I bet as we find out more we will find dead US citizens in this.

These people are guilty of crimes of the highest order including accessory to murder and treaon. They should be spending the rest of their life in the Gray Rock Hotel.

I pray we voters help out this OCtober and send this whole administration pakcing in such a fashion that they become a hiss and a by-word for generations. Synonymous with corruption, criminal conspiracy, failure, anti-Americanism and such a political vagabond as to be held in utter contempt by Americans for generations to come, equal to Benedict Arnold.

The Man who despises America
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama-time.htm

The Disaterous Firsts of Barack Obama
http://www.jeffhead.com/obama1sts.htm

Who Really is Barack Obama
http://www.jeffhead.com/whoisobama.htm


21 posted on 07/03/2012 3:26:57 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free, never has been, never will be (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: Carry_Okie

That’s not what he’s saying.


22 posted on 07/03/2012 3:27:12 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: HiJinx

There are 50 clues the investigator has at his disposal. The most the criminal can think of is 25. That also applys to WITHHOLDER and the DOJ. After making the rounds the email most likely landed on WITHOLDER’S desk. He then had a personal pow wow with the foreigner. The result was an ill attempt to have congress back down by writing the fraudulent letter.


23 posted on 07/03/2012 3:27:46 PM PDT by spawn44 (moo)
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To: Jeff Head

Yes, more will probably come out. So long as that more includes damning info on Hillary.


24 posted on 07/03/2012 3:35:08 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: HiJinx

It is about time that kind of “coincidence” was brought to light. Asst Atty Gen Holder has been getting away with this crap since way back then!! Can you say pardons? (some weatherunderground members, etc) Waco, Ruby Ridge?

Where is the Mexican outrage? This was against RICO, and then again, where is the outrage from latinos?


25 posted on 07/03/2012 3:54:07 PM PDT by gidget7 ("When a man assumes a public trust, he should consider himself as public property." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: RKBA Democrat

Holder: “Oh Senator, you’re bwaaaaking my balls...bwaaaaking my balls!”


26 posted on 07/03/2012 3:55:44 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: tet68
...their problem then becomes what to do when there is proof of evidence that no longer exists.

Melson was interviewed, in secret, WITHOUT a DoJ lawyer, one year ago tomorrow. IMO, what he delivered to Issa should be key. If I'm wrong, then this whole investigation will end up just a multi-year dog and pony show.

27 posted on 07/03/2012 4:06:19 PM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms for the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: sunmars

This will obviously continue to the election. I will believe the Republicans are serious when I see them continue this past the election. I am tired of these election year gimmicks with no follow through. If it’s illegal, it’s illegal. An arbitrary election date shouldn’t stop the investigation.

And yeah, I’m getting p***sed at the Republican’s lack of real spine in following through. Get some BALLS dammit!


28 posted on 07/03/2012 4:07:41 PM PDT by Magnatron
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To: sunmars
If it ain't in the New York Times it never happened and even if it did it didn’t cause it weren't in the New York Times!

How do you think they turned Roberts to the Dark Side?

29 posted on 07/03/2012 4:14:13 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("With one appallingly stupid ruling SCCJ Roberts converted tax lawyers into defense attorneys.")
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To: RKBA Democrat

Fortunately Issa and those on his side have to follow the law.

Perhaps you’d prefer they run down and start beating up people.


30 posted on 07/03/2012 4:24:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: sunmars

Enough already.. We want ACTION, not words.. PRISON TIME!

31 posted on 07/03/2012 4:34:32 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: driftdiver

You can follow the law and be effective and you can follow the law and be ineffectual. Its a choice. The gop to date has generally chosen the second path and I don’t expect to see this turn out any differently than the historic norm.


32 posted on 07/03/2012 5:15:50 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat ( We're all Texians now.)
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To: MestaMachine

July 3, 2012
Via Electronic Transmission

The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Holder:

The investigation into Operation Fast and Furious has focused on two specific areas: (1) When did individuals within the Department of Justice (DOJ/Department) become aware of the tactics and (2) How did DOJ provide false information to Congress regarding the allegations of gunwalking.

I believe the Department should have been abundantly aware of allegations of gunwalking as there was more than one ATF agent providing information to Department components before the February 4, 2011, letter was sent to Congress.

Specifically, on February 2, 2011, my investigators contacted an ATF Special Agent who worked out of the Phoenix Field Division, Group VII office, and was familiar with Operation Fast and Furious. The conversation centered on the ATF Agent’s recollection of how Fast and Furious was executed and his recollection confirmed the allegations my office had heard from other ATF whistleblowers. What was unknown until late 2011 was that this ATF Agent produced a memorandum on February 3, 2011, which documented his discussion about Fast and Furious. The subject of the memorandum is, “Contact with Congressional Investigators,” and I have enclosed it within this letter.

This Fast and Furious memorandum traveled rapidly through ATF’s chain of command. The memorandum was emailed on February 3, 2011, from the Dallas Field Division to Phoenix SAC William Newell and Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations William McMahon. Records that the Justice Department has withheld from Congress, which were only made available for review in camera, show an email chain attaching this memorandum was sent to Assistant Director of Field Operations Mark Chait at ATF headquarters by the afternoon of February 3, 2011.

According to ATF personnel, the memorandum was discussed by high level ATF personnel and possibly forwarded to DOJ headquarters on February 3, 2011. Specifically, it has been alleged that individuals within the Deputy Attorney General’s (DAG’s) office and the Office of Legislative Affairs (OLA) at the Department were aware of or actually read the memorandum before the Department’s February 4, 2011, letter was sent. Some individuals who spoke with my office claim they were “alarmed” by the substance of the memorandum and it caused such a stir that ATF planned to put a panel together to address the allegations but someone within DOJ suppressed the idea.

The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress on February 4, 2011, raises more questions about DOJ’s claim that faulty information from Department components inadvertently led to the false letter. This was direct, documented information from street level agents in a far better position to know the facts than the senior supervisory personnel whom DOJ claims to have relied upon for information about the allegations.

Discovering how high up the chain of command inside the Justice Department the memorandum was reviewed has not been easy. The Department has not made available certain individuals who could corroborate what my office has been told. Moreover, it is unclear whether the set of “deliberative” materials about the drafting of the February 4, 2011, letter that the Department produced to Congress constitutes a complete set of all relevant documents or whether other relevant documents from the pre-February 4th timeframe may have been withheld. Consequently, please answer the following questions:

1) Have all records relating to the February 3, 2011, memorandum been gathered and preserved by the Justice Department? If not, why not? If so, please describe the nature and volume of those records.

2) Will you produce those records to Congress? If not, please explain why not.

3) Which DOJ personnel received a copy of the February 3, 2011, memorandum prior to February 4, 2011?

4) Which DOJ personnel were aware of the memorandum before the February 4, 2011 reply was sent to me? Please provide all records related to these questions, or certify that all relevant documents have already been provided.

I would appreciate a written response by no later than July 17, 2012. If you have any questions concerning this matter, please contact Brian Downey of my staff at (202) 224-5225.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley
Ranking Member

Enclosure

cc: The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman
Committee on the Judiciary, U.S. Senate

The Honorable Darrell E. Issa, Chairman
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives

The Honorable Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General
U.S. Department of Justice

B. Todd Jones, Acting Director
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives


33 posted on 07/03/2012 5:19:50 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: sunmars
Related thread:

Another ‘Fast and Furious’ Memo Released

34 posted on 07/03/2012 5:26:02 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: RKBA Democrat

I bet you could do a lot better.


35 posted on 07/03/2012 5:35:02 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cheerio

“IMPEACH NOW. “

With the Washington rop, it will be more like;

“IMPRUNE NOW!”


36 posted on 07/03/2012 5:54:28 PM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: sunmars

Actually, Issa and Grassley should use a little psychological warfare on the Dept of Just Us, as well as the ATF and others involved in these schemes.

Create a *partial* list of henchmen who are “on track” to be criminally indicted, making a few glaring omissions, and include in the “very confidential” document that *agreements* had been made with those who are providing information and willing to testify against the others for leniency.

Then arrange a very careful leak of the document. By all appearances the leak needs to look genuine, but needs to be disseminated widely to those involved.


37 posted on 07/03/2012 6:15:26 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Roccus

A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.

The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed.

It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4, 2011 letter from the DOJ to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley falsely denied guns were permitted to “walk” into Mexico. The DOJ allowed that false letter to stand for nine more months, only withdrawing it in December 2011.

[snip]

http://dailycaller.com/2012/06/25/atf-leaders-email-could-be-fast-and-furious-smoking-gun-and-holder-admitted-obama-cant-shield-it/


38 posted on 07/03/2012 6:31:07 PM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

All Holder & Co. have to do is stall until the end of the year.
The 112th Congress term ends January 3, 2013 and then the contempt citation evaporates. Both sides know this, of course.

By the way, Congress voted and passed Obama’s Affordable Care Act on the day before Christmas, 2010, at 7:45 AM, presumably so they could catch flights home to celebrate the holidays.


39 posted on 07/03/2012 6:36:32 PM PDT by tumblindice (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: bcsco
Drip...drip....drip. Another day another letter....more pressure.
40 posted on 07/03/2012 6:38:57 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Obama: "Born in Kenya" Lying then or now!)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Enough already.. We want ACTION,”

That guy reminds me of Louie, the soda fountain owner in the old “Bowery Boys” movies. (Leo Gorcey’s Dad)


41 posted on 07/03/2012 6:42:54 PM PDT by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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To: chooseascreennamepat
Review form Amazon Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up [Hardcover]
Katie Pavlich (Author) Everyone must read this book!, April 5, 2012 
By Aeronaut
This review is from: Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up (Hardcover)
Everyone must read this book! It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or Republican, whether you believe in more or less gun control, or are conservative or liberal. Government scandals such as this must not be allowed, especially when they cost people their lives. Reading this book will cause you to experience a wide range of emotions. You feel sadness and frustration at the situation surrounding the death of Agent Brian Terry. This is followed by disbelief and outrage as the facts are presented regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Most shocking was seeing proof as to what the administration, at the highest levels, is doing for political purposes. It is frightening to realize, as the book points out, the incompetence, deceit and unlawful behavior with which the current DOJ and other government agencies operate and the great lengths they will go to cover it up. I was appalled to learn of their lack of concern for human lives. I had to ask myself while reading the book, “Could this really have happened?” But the facts and sources are thoroughly documented throughout the book to prove its validity. The introduction by an ATF Special Agent sets the tone for the book in a realistic manner. After finishing the “body” of the book, don’t put it down until you have looked at the appendices. There is a helpful timeline of events and further proof of the administration’s efforts to conceal the truth.
42 posted on 07/03/2012 6:54:48 PM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: Magnatron
I’m getting p***sed at the Republican’s lack of real spine in following through. Get some BALLS dammit

What exactly would you have them do that they haven't already done or initiated?

43 posted on 07/03/2012 7:32:48 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: driftdiver

Oh, I’m not uniquely talented. You could pick anyone at random out of the phone book, nominate them for political office under the gop ticket, and likely get a better result.


44 posted on 07/03/2012 7:48:38 PM PDT by RKBA Democrat ( We're all Texians now.)
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Aw dang, you beat me to it!


45 posted on 07/03/2012 8:08:33 PM PDT by Old Sarge (We are now officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet)
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To: gaijin
But is it a scandal if the MSM ("American Pravda") ignores it?


46 posted on 07/03/2012 8:23:54 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: sunmars
Radio Free NJ

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

A Fast Jason Weinstein Trip to a Furious Pat Cunningham



I have picked up on a strange report about Jason “Main Justice” Weinstein, whose appearances in subpoenaed documents brackets Department of Justice involvement Fast & Furious. Weinstein first appears in a September 9, 2009 email to Lanny “Deep in the Cheese” Breuer, which discusses ATF and DOJ coordination of gun trafficking investigations. It ends with an analytical review, now claimed to be the subject of executive privilege, ordered by Breuer, sometime after February 4, 2011. On that date, the DOJ provided a letter to Congress, drafted in part by Weinstein, which falsely claimed that ATF made “every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.”

The post February 4, 2011 talking points are that the ATF and Patrick Cunningham, the Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, dove into gunwalking as an ill-conceived investigative technique, without the knowledge of Eric Holder or the President. This theme emerged from the highest source as early as March 22, 2011, when Barak Obama declared:

There have been problems, you know. I heard on the news about this story that — Fast and Furious, where allegedly guns were being run into Mexico, and ATF knew about it, but didn’t apprehend those who had sent it. Eric Holder has — the attorney general has been very clear that he knew nothing about this.

We know, you know, this narrative is highly suspect.  Lanny Breuer is the Assistant Attorney General that heads up the DOJ Criminal Division.  He reports directly to Eric Holder. Mr. Breuer met with ATF Deputy Director Billy Hoover and ATF Assistant Director for Field Operations Mark Chait on Jan. 5, 2010, the same day the ATF delivered a report detailing all of the weapons that could be linked to known Fast & Furious straw purchasers, who bought 685 guns in less than two months, many of which were recovered in Mexico. Soon after that, ATF sought and received approval that Fast and Furious was to become an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) case. From that point on, Main Justice was intimately involved with all aspects of the investigation.  

I find a Greta Van Susteren interview with Congressman Jason Chaffetz to be strange, because of something that seemed new. In the interview, Congressman Chaffetz discussed that “both homeland security and the Department of Justice” appeared to scramble after they learned of the death of Brian Terry in December 2010 and the death of Immigration Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata on February 16, 2011. Evidence of the scramble, the congressman states, was:

Jason Weinstein goes down to Phoenix and gives a glowing report of the ATF, but only later then in August to try to rescind all the glowing comments. 
 
This sparked my interest, because a Weinstein trip to Phoenix does not appear in the 64 page May 12 Committee Memorandum.

On the other hand, the Memorandum states that the Lanny Breuer ordered a Weinstein analytical review, which came to include an interview with Arizona U.S. Attorney Patrick Cunningham. We also know that the Committee first sought a Mr. Cunningham interview in the summer 2011, around the time Weinstein, according to Chaffetz, “rescinded” glowing comments about Fast & Furious. 

When it came time to appear for his committee interview, Cunningham retained his own attorney, rather than rely upon counsel provided by the DOJ.  To me, this means that Cunningham’s legal interests became adverse to the legal interests of the DOJ.  Thereafter, Cunningham asserted his 5th Amendment rights, with a statement from his attorney that, “If as you claim that Department officials have blamed my client, they have blamed him unfairly.” On January 27, 2012, Cunningham left the Department of Justice.

The topics discussed between Weinstein and Cunningham in Phoenix little doubt revolved around the content of Cunningham’s communications with Main Justice, before the DOJ published its false February 4, 2011 letter. It also seems that DOJ changed its tune quite a bit, after Weinstein's trip to Phoenix.  Yet, Mr. Cunningham cannot ethically or legally disclose what he said to Main Justice until, at a minimum, a civil court pierces executive privilege. If executive privilege is Cunningham's only issue, this might be the first thread Congress pulls, to see whether it all unravels.

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Update - Senator Chuck Grassley wrote a letter today to Eric Holder asking for for information about a memo from an ATF special agent that:
  • provided DOJ officials important information about what, in fact, was happening in Operation Fast and Furious;
  • traveled rapidly through the chain of command at ATF and was allegedly forwarded to DOJ headquarters on February 3, 2011, and; 
  • caused such a stir that ATF planned to put a panel together to address the allegations but someone within DOJ suppressed it.
Andy McCarthy has a great piece describing how "Main Justice stays in close contact with with all OCDETF cases  There is a Phoenix office ...

47 posted on 07/03/2012 10:32:56 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: sunmars

Considering that there is an unknown source, a “deep throat,” providing information to the committee, Holder is trapped. The cover up must be really big.

You go Issa, Grassley. Don’t let go.


48 posted on 07/03/2012 11:31:08 PM PDT by dervish (ABO)
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To: tet68
Nixon was brought down because the press hated him.

Do you think the same situation would bring Obama down? It is outside their worldview. Heck, I expect anti gun legislation or EO any day now because of Fast and Furious.

Never under estimate the power of propaganda.

49 posted on 07/04/2012 12:33:37 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Jeff Head; tet68; HiJinx; Standing Wolf

Bumping to the tippy top!

Great posts!


50 posted on 07/04/2012 12:39:06 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (This hobbit is looking for her pitchfork...God help the GOP if I find it.)
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