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Issa and The Daily Caller discuss DOJ failures that will be brought up at the upcoming Feb. 2 Oversight and Government Reform hearing.
~ And…if ol’ Eric is a no show..ISSA WILL Hold the Eric the Red punk in Contempt..
~ So is U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer going to be the fall guy or will he even get a slap on the wrist?! And WHY did I have to even hunt for this news report which btw was JUST a blurb going fast on the FNC scroll ?!
Some of the latest material turned over Friday night deals with the head of the department’s criminal division, Lanny Breuer, while other material deals with a top aide to Attorney General Eric Holder.
~ Had you even heard that AZ Launched Probe into ‘Fast and Furious’?!
The Justice Department on Friday night provided Congress with a new batch of Operation Fast and Furious documents from early 2011.
They show a top Justice Department official and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acting director suggested illegally purchased weapons be allowed to cross into Mexico where Mexican officials would be waiting to arrest, prosecute and convict the gun traffickers.
Justice also sent a letter to Capitol Hill leaders providing details of a series of reforms made by the Justice Department and ATF to ensure there is no repeat of the controversial operation which allowed hundreds of illegal weapons to be sold in the United States and trafficked into Mexico.
The Justice documents include an e-mail from a U.S. official in the Mexican Embassy which shows that in a meeting in early 2011 U.S. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer suggested the illegal weapons could be intercepted if the two nations worked together. Then acting ATF chief Ken Melson made similar suggestions.
Breuer “suggested allowing straw purchasers cross into Mexico so (Mexican federal police) can arrest and (the Mexican attorney general’s office] can prosecute and convict.”
The e-mail author, a Justice official stationed at the embassy, said he thought that was risky because Mexico might not seize the weapons and a crime could be committed.
The Justice officials were in Mexico City to coordinate with that nation’s authorities after the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry near the Mexican border. Two illegally purchased weapons which were lost in Mexico were discovered at the crime scene where Terry was slain.
The controversy is the subject of a hearing set for next Thursday. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify before the House Investigations Committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California).
~ All of a sudden?! This following note is from Blackie SM that he received from the Gun Owner’s of America titled: Rep. Gosar Continues to Push “No Confidence” in Holder Resolution:
Attorney General Eric Holder — recently caught lying under oath concerning his knowledge of his department’s Fast and Furious program — may be moving a step closer to the inside of a jail cell.
On Thursday, February 2nd, Chairman Darrell Issa’s Committee on Oversight and Government Reform will hold another hearing on the disastrous Fast and Furious operation.
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar, a member of that committee, is also pushing a resolution of “no confidence” in Holder’s management — or lack of management — of the Justice Department.
That resolution, H. Res. 490, provides a course of action for the momentum generated by that hearing.
H. Res. 490 finds that, as a result of “Holder’s failure to properly control, monitor, or establish Operation Fast and Furious, it is likely Mexican nationals were killed or wounded by weapons sold through this scheme” — and that the victims of Holder’s incompetence included U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
It goes on to resolve that the House has “lost confidence” in Holder, which is, basically, a call for him to resign.
Clearly, the Justice Department believes it can stonewall Issa’s inquiry and bull its way through questions concerning its criminal malfeasance. Adoption of the Gosar resolution would make it much, much more difficult to do so.
It is time to contact your Representative and urge him or her to cosponsor H.Res. 490
The Justice Department also revealed that undercover operations have to be reviewed by an internal committee if they involve “sensitive circumstances.”
~ Shock but MSM CNN published this story!
In his letter, Mr. Issa said Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey, who worked for Mr. Cunningham, played an “integral part” in the Fast and Furious operation and has information not available from other sources.
Mr. Issa also called Mr. Cunningham’s exercise of his Fifth Amendment rights “extremely rare,” saying it “suggests possible criminal culpability on the part of a high-ranking Justice Department official.”