Skip to comments.Jason Weinstein’s Justice Department career was derailed by ‘Fast and Furious’
Posted on 01/06/2013 10:34:06 PM PST by Seizethecarp
McMahon said that agents running the Fast and Furious investigation would benefit if the department could expedite its review of wiretap applications. In their initial conversation, Weinstein later told the IG, McMahon gave him the clear impression that agents in Fast and Furious were aggressively seizing guns and that it was completely different from Wide Receiver.
Two weeks later, Weinstein received the first of three wiretap applications he would review for Fast and Furious. He said that following years of department practice, he signed off after reading summary memos prepared by lawyers in the Office of Enforcement Operations. He did not read the supporting affidavits. To do so would have slowed approval of time-sensitive wiretaps to a standstill and become his full-time job, Weinstein said. Had he done so in this case, he would have read about specific numbers of U.S.-purchased firearms that were being recovered in Mexico.
Do you think we should try to have Lanny [Breuer] participate in press when Fast and Furious and [the] Tucson case are unsealed? Weinstein asked in an e-mail. Its a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked but it is a significant set of prosecutions.
Weinstein a brilliant student, gifted lawyer and methodical prosecutor had spent a career steeped in nuance. Hed later regret using the pronoun it. (Through a spokeswoman, Breuer declined to comment.)
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was fatally shot during a firefight with suspected illegal immigrants in the Arizona desert in December 2010.
Weinstein, along with a handful of other Justice Department lawyers, agreed to help prepare a response.
ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico, the department replied in February 2011.
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Where does our gutless Republican leadership stand?
Dabbing his eyes with his pink tie, that 's where!
Truthfully ... Naw ain't gonna say it...y'all can fill in the blanks.
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