Sunday, June 24, 2012


Andrew McCarthy Provides the Background

The Democrats have picked a unified meme to disparage and denigrate Rep. Darrell Issa's attempt to get more documents on the cover-up and lying to Congress regarding Fast and Furious by the Obama Administration. The Democratic Myrmidons say three words: "Witchhunt" and "Fishing Expedition." They say that we know all there is to know about what happened down in Arizona, who did it and what went wrong. They lie and say Fast and Furious was either a continuation of the Bush Administration Wide Receiver or, still echoing the initial lie of the BATFE, that it was merely some sort of podunk local rogue idiot agents' bad idea with absolutely no communication with, or approval of it by, the senior, "political" managers at the DOJ.

That last is another load of bunk. Here is former US Attorney Andrew McCarthy on how the justice department actually operates. Money quote:

There is little doubt that the wiretap applications would show that senior DOJ officials were aware of the gunwalking tactic long before Agent Terry was gunned down on December 14, 2010. But that’s not the half of it. Bet your bottom dollar that gunwalking was discussed in the consideration of whether to make Fast and Furious an OCDETF [Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force--a really big deal] case in the first place. OCDETF investigations, moreover, are carefully monitored by the Justice Department throughout, to ensure that the extraordinary flow of funding continues to be worthwhile. I’m wagering that senior DOJ officials — which is to say, Obama-administration political appointees — knew about the gunwalking for close to a year before Agent Terry’s death.

With that as background, consider this little-noticed paragraph from the Issa memo:
Washington-based Justice Department officials had earlier [in 2010] discussed bringing Attorney General Eric Holder to Phoenix for a triumphant press conference with Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to herald the conclusion of the Department’s flagship firearms trafficking case. In the aftermath of Agent Terry’s death, the task of announcing indictments at a press conference fell to ATF Phoenix Division Special Agent in Charge William Newell and Burke. Holder did not attend.


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