Well, this scandal is developing . . . fast and furiously.
It’s always the coverup, you know?
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith sent a letter Tuesday to President Obama requesting a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself May 3 when he told the Judiciary Committee that he had only heard of the Fast and Furious operation during the past few weeks.
Turns out, he seems to have been pretty well informed before that. From a Fox News report.
One memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”
Other documents also indicate that Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center “beginning, at the latest, on July 5, 2010,” Smith wrote.
“These updates mentioned, not only the name of the operation, but also specific details about guns being trafficked to Mexico,” Smith wrote in the letter to Obama.
And of course, Smith suggests, it would be ethically challenging for Holder to investigate himself.
Fast and Furious was the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms gun running operation that sent weapons into Mexico to try to track them to gain information on Mexican drug gangs. Of course, the U.S.-supplied weapons were – gosh, surprising – used to kill people, including a U.S. agent.
Whom within the White House did Holder talk with about the operation? It’s hard to imagine something this ambitious was not run through the West Wing at some point.
Failure in the White House to put the brakes on such a dumb mission should be a firing offense for whoever knew about it.