Rep. Issa: Holder ‘Absolutely’ Knew About Fast & Furious Earlier Than He Testified
Rep. Darrell Issa discusses Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony and the investigation into the Justice Department’s “Operation Fast and Furious”. An operation which deliberately let operatives of Mexican drug cartels purchase guns at licensed U.S. firearms dealers and did nothing to intercept the gun purchaser or retrieve the guns even when they were under active surveillance by federal law enforcement officials.
H/T Jim Hoft at GatewayPundit where there are links to additional articles, including one from Politico saying the ATF head will take the blame for this scandal and resign.
Ace of Spades has an extensive post on the timeline of this story and many worthwhile links to follow:
Whether Operation Fast and Furious was just a bad idea or a cynical ploy to push the left’s gun control agenda, we need to get to the bottom of it. Throwing the head of the ATF under the bus is a nice gesture and all, but it’s wholly inadequate.
…The headline number has now been reduced to 70%. I presume this includes the OF&F guns, so who knows what it will fall to now that the U.S. government is (likely?) out of the smuggling business. The new number was contained in a report issued last week by 3 notoriously anti-gun Senators:
The report, issued by Democrat Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California, Charles Schumer of New York and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, recommended background checks for sales at gun shows, a ban on the import of nonsporting weapons and the reinstatement of the assault weapons ban in force in the United States until 2004.
Calderon endorsed calls for reinstating the ban on domestic sales of assault rifles, saying its expiration in 2004 may have played a role in the increase of drug violence in Mexico.
“You can clearly see how the violence began to grow in 2005, and of course it has gone on an upward spiral in the last six years,” Calderon said.
Nope. No reason to suspect a bigger agenda at work here.
Update: ATF’s Kenneth Melson falls on his sword for DOJ, at HotAir.com:
…And who is the president looking at to replace him? CNN claims that Eric Holder is already on his way to talk to Andrew Traver, the Chicago ATF bureau chief who had already been roundly rejected when Obama tried to put him in charge. Traver’s record as a pro gun control, anti second amendment activist put off nearly everyone…