I once did a story back during the Clinton administration about “crisis” PR managers. One of the people I interviewed was Lanny Breuer, an attorney who specialized in the practice and had helped defend Bill Clinton during Monica Lewinsky scandal.
He said to me his mother once asked him, “Lanny, Lanny, why do you always want to help people?”
Well, helpful Lanny, who now heads the criminal division of the Justice Department, said today in testimony before Congress that he regretted failing to notify Attorney General Eric Holder about Operation Wide Receiver – a project started under the Bush administration that allowed guns to “walk” across the border into Mexico and land in the hands of Mexican drug dealers – and it’s similarity to the Obama-administration “Fast & Furious” operation that allowed many more guns to walk.
So is Mr. Helpful taking the fall for his boss?
Also, documents released by the Justice Department yesterday also show that Breuer learned of the gunwalking tactic in April 2010.
The Justice Department had assured Congressional Republicans earlier this year that gunwalking allegations were false, noted CBS News investigative report Sharyl Attkisson.
Not very helpful Lanny!