May 4, 2013
President Barack Obama told the Mexican people today that the United States is partly to blame for Mexico’s drug violence because of illegal drugs and gun smuggling. However, he did not mention the gun smuggling undertaken by his own administration under the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious.
Speaking to Mexican university students, Obama pointed a finger at his own country, as Reuters reported:
Drug-fueled violence in Mexico [...]
November 27, 2012
Prison sentences have been handed to two more suspects involved in the Fast and Furious gun-walking case, U.S. prosecutors in California said.
Sean Christopher Steward was sentenced to 108 months in federal prison and Jacob Anthony Montelongo drew a sentence of 41 months, KNXV-TV, Phoenix, reported Tuesday.
The U.S. attorney’s office said both men pleaded guilty.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent John Dodson is suing Time, Inc., The Daily Caller has learned, alleging that its Fortune Magazine libeled him in an article it ran this summer. Dodson is the ATF agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious, exposing the failures of the operation to the American people.
The article, authored by Katherine Eban, claims that a “Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF [...]
Who are the human faces of the U.S. government’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-walking operation?
Often lost amid the rancor in Washington are the stories of dozens of people killed by guns that flowed south as part of the undercover operation, and later slipped out of view from U.S. officials. Univision’s Investigative Unit (Univision Investiga) has identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young [...]
The Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that disregarded public safety and resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.
Weinstein wrote in his resignation letter that it was “virtually inevitable that someone must be singled out for blame, whether the facts support it or [...]
Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.
“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough [...]
WASHINGTON (AP/Yahoo!) — The Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Wednesday faulted the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that disregarded public safety and resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.
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New York Times piece below:
WASHINGTON (NY Times) — The Justice Department’s inspector general on Wednesday issued a scathing critique of federal [...]
A major report released Wednesday on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program — and has resulted in the resignation of one Justice Department official.
Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, is resigning in the wake of the Justice Department inspector general report on Fast and Furious. The report essentially concludes that he is the most [...]
WASHINGTON — Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials — from the special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top man in the bureau’s Washington headquarters — are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was “marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.”
The investigators, in a final report likely to be released later this week, also unearthed new evidence that agents [...]
July 27, 2012
On Wednesday U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., disclosed to The Washington Times that he and a colleague had met with the inspector general of the Department of Justice (DOJ) last week to discuss a pending report of an investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal.
Gowdy and U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, met with the newly appointed inspector general for the DOJ, Michael Horowitz, last week to discuss [...]
July 27, 2012
A judge has reset the sentencing date for a man convicted of participating in a gun smuggling ring that was being monitored in the government’s botched investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
U.S. District James Teilborg reset Joshua David Moore’s sentencing for Sept. 26.
So far, 11 people in what the government says was a 20-member smuggling ring have pleaded guilty.
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President Obama’s eleventh hour save of Eric Holder by invoking Executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents may have temporarily protected the Attorney General, yet fresh legal challenges might cause him to lose his law license.
Several days ago bloggers Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea filed a joint complaint to the Washington, D.C. Office of Bar Counsel accusing Holder of improper conduct while Congress was attempting to unveil the truth surrounding the gun-running operation, which [...]
July 9, 2012
Concerned that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were “too close and would burn the operation,” the lead investigator in a Fast and Furious surveillance operation ordered an ATF team monitoring the pending transfer of weapons to Mexican drug smugglers to “leave the immediate area.”
While the agents were repositioning themselves, the transaction took place and the smugglers took possession of weapons purchased by “straw [...]
The day before the Justice Department broadly, and falsely, denied that guns had “walked” as part of the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told supervisors in a memo that he had expressed his concerns about the operation to Congressional investigators.
In a July 3 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) questioned whether the memo should [...]
June 30, 2012
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa has confirmed that wiretap applications reveal in-depth detail on the Fast and Furious operation, including evidence showing that “agents were well aware that large sums of money were being used to purchase a large number of firearms, many of which were flowing across the border.”
Anonymous sources presented secret wiretap applications last week to the chairman of the Congressional committee which could spell disaster to Attorney General Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious defense.
The evidence reveal high-level Department of Justice officials approved the “gun walking” tactics that could have led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
The committee has been trying for 15-months to get information from Holder, who has used every legal, and [...]
June 27, 2012
Even Comedy Central’s Daily Show is highlighting the controversy over Obama’s Executive Order to conceal documents linked to the Fast and Furious operation. Jon Stewart and his writers cleverly bring the Watergate-esque issue to light, albeit, in a joking manner.
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Rep. Darrell Issa threw down the gauntlet to President Obama in a letter to the president that accuses him of being involved in the Fast and Furious operation.
Issa took issue with Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over a cache of documents at the Department of Justice – including a February 2011 letter later withdrawn by the agency – that Issa believes includes information on Holder’s role in Fast and [...]
This is something I put together from a March 2009 press conference where gun walking/tracing was announced not only as an issue very important to the president, but directed by the president in conjunction with Attorney General Eric Holder:
President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents, a last-minute maneuver that appears unlikely to head off a contempt vote against Holder by Republicans in the House.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is expected to forge ahead with its meeting on the contempt resolution anyway.
Attorney General Eric Holder again today would not answer who the highest-ranking Obama administration official was that had knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious and the gunwalking tactics it employed before Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered.
Instead, when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith pressed him directly during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Holder dodged giving a response.
“Mr. Attorney General, who is the highest ranking official in [...]
In March, Rep. Adam B. Schiff(D-Burbank) introduced legislation that would create two-year prison sentences for “straw purchasers,” who acquire weapons to sell to Mexican gun smugglers. Currently, straw purchasers face probation or minimal jail time.
Yet he worries that Republicans may oppose the legislation in order to keep the focus on the Fast and Furious debacle.
“The Justice Department’s inspector general is doing an investigation, and members on both sides of the [...]
House Republicans on Wednesday presented an amendment to a Department of Justice spending bill that would prevent Justice from using taxpayer funds to lie to Congress.
The bill, which is likely to pass, was presented by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and supported by several other Republicans who are outraged over a February 2011 letter from the department that denied any involvement in a gun-walking program….
On Tuesday night, the House voted to [...]
From Truth is Treason:
In a shocking development in the Operation Fast and Furious investigation, documents show Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives agents allowed grenade parts to walk into Mexico in addition to guns.
The e-mails also show Obama administration officials acknowledging that they may lose track of grenades but would still be able to accomplish their original objective even if the grenades explode.
“Even in a post blast, as long [...]
Monday, April 30, 2012
During Operation Fast and Furious, ATF agents purposely allowed thousands of guns to be sold to individuals that they believed would get them into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
March 27, 2012
The investigation of Operation Fast and Furious escalated this past week as Fox News learned a leak at the Justice Department is providing documents to the Congressional investigators.
The scope of investigation also includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which records show failed to tell ATF its own confidential informants were helping finance the illegal gun purchases.
Eduardo and Jesus A. Miramontes-Varela, Mexican nationals born in Juarez worked for the Sinaloa Cartel [...]
The Daily Caller
Monday, December 12, 2011
A largely overlooked exchange from Thursday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing includes what appears to be an admission from Attorney General Eric Holder that emails to and from him about Operation Fast and Furious may exist, and that he’s refusing to provide them to Congress.
The possibility was first addressed during an exchange with House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who also sits on the House Judiciary Committee, early [...]
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CNN’s John King plays Holder’s testimony to Congress on MAY 3, 2011, where he said he had only just recently heard about the Fast & Furious gunrunning program. “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Attorney General Eric Holder said.
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“Now, with respect to Solyndra and Fast and Furious, you know, I think — you know, I have been very clear. That I have complete confidence in the Attorney General Holder in how he handles his office. He has been very aggressive in going after gunrunning and cash transactions that are going to these transnational drug cartels in Mexico. There has [...]
October 5, 2011
[...] CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson — who’s been covering the scandal from the beginning — says in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show today that the White House and Justice Department have taken to screaming at her for reporting on the [Fast & Furious ATF scandal] story. You can listen to the full interview below, but here are [...]