Fast and Furious, was it the Keystone Kops, or was it intentional?

Editor’s Note – Despite what the White House says, asserting that Holder did not lie or omit information while testifying, at least one thing is sure, the “Gang That Cannot Shoot Straight” is at it again in the best-case scenario. “Buried in memos”, as Jay Carney stated, information may have been included about Gunwalker/Fast and Furious. This indicates that there may be a serious case of ineptitude on the part of Holder’s staff, and/or Holder himself. Further memos indicate that Justice staff did try to alert Holder, or inform him, and if Holder did not see the gravity, or the danger of the operation, then Holder is unfit for the office he holds.

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Perhaps, the evidence points to an even worse scenario, Holder knew exactly what was happening because he wanted it to take place in an effort to push his long held negative opinion of gun ownership by private citizens. Additionally, this could mean that Obama gave his blessing or it was part of his overall plan to fundamentally alter and change America.

As we have seen so often from this administration, when a problem arises that makes them look bad, its time to shift the focus, away from the actual facts and timeline, and onto his tired mantra of blame and accusation. In this case, they now accuse the Republican led House of playing politics. So often, this end-around play from the Alinsky playbook has been trotted out, like the Straw Man Obama set up in his ‘Jobs Bill’.

Is it the Keystone Kops, or was it intentional?

As always, we ask that you please read the article below and draw your own conclusions.

Justice Department Accuses GOP of Playing ‘Gotcha’ With Fast and Furious Memos

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The Justice Department accused Republicans of playing a “political game of gotcha,” after lawmakers investigating Operation Fast and Furious said Attorney General Eric Holder received at least five memos on the gunrunning probe starting in July 2010 in spite of testimony claiming he learned of the program this year.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a series of heavily redacted memos apparently sent to Holder from Michael Walther, the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center. They appear to describe an operation involving the straw purchase of hundreds of firearms that went to Mexican drug cartels.

But as President Obama voiced “complete confidence” in Holder, the Justice Department put out a scathing statement Thursday afternoon suggesting the memos do not contradict Holder’s claims that he was in the dark on the program last year.

“Here they go again. Chairman Issa and Senator Grassley can re-package and re-release the same documents every other day and it won’t change the facts: the Attorney General’s testimony to both the House and Senate committees has been consistent and truthful,” the department said.

The department said the “brief” passages were “buried in a few written reports,” and did not detail the full extent of the operation.

“Instead of peddling selectively-edited transcripts and distorting questions and answers in some distracting political game of gotcha, these congressional leaders should be focusing their attention on the underlying public safety problem we confront as a nation — that too many guns are being illegally trafficked to Mexico,” the statement said.

The release of the documents comes as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, requests Obama instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

In a statement Thursday, Issa claimed Holder “has failed to give Congress and the American people an honest account of what he and other.”

“With the fairly detailed information that the attorney general read, it seems the logical question for the attorney general after reading in the memo would be ‘why haven’t we stopped them?'” Grassley said.

Through Fast and Furious, hundreds of firearms were allowed to walk across the U.S.-Mexico border, some later turning up at bloody crime scenes. The focus has turned lately to what Holder knew and when he knew it.

He said under oath in May: “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”

But documents that started to surface earlier in the week suggested Justice officials at least tried to inform Holder. The latest memos show he was notified of the program repeatedly, though it’s not clear to what degree Holder paid attention to the memos.

Obama on Thursday voiced confidence in Holder and his handling of the Justice Department.

“He has been very aggressive in going after gunrunning and cash transactions that have been going to these transnational drug cartels,” Obama told reporters at a White House press conference.

“He’s indicated that he was not aware of what was happening in Fast and Furious and certainly I was not, and I think both he and I would have been very unhappy if somebody had suggested that guns were allowed to pass through that could have been prevented by the United States of America.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/06/republicans-say-holder-received-at-least-5-fast-and-furious-memos/#ixzz1a2JZGxwI

Oversight Committee seeks Special Counsel to Probe Holder on 'Fast and Furious'

Editor’s Note – It is clear, to any reasonable person, that the fiasco called ‘Gun Walker’, or more famously, ‘Fast and Furious” is proving what so many already know, Eric Holder is unfit for the office he holds. The cover up, the lies, the chicanery, all surpass anything the Nixon Administration did in the ‘Watergate Scandal’. The big difference is, people died as a result, uniformed officers died.

The question is no longer: “What did you know and when did you know it?”, more precisely, the question now is: “Why did you lie to Congress, and why haven’t you been forced to resign?”

Fox News Exclusive

House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

The question is whether Holder committed perjury during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011.

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“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

However, a newly discovered 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.

“Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible,” Smith wrote.

In response to the release of the memos, a Justice Department official said that the attorney general “has consistently said he became aware of the questionable tactics in early 2011 when ATF agents first raised them publicly, and then promptly asked the (inspector general) to investigate the matter.”

The official added that in March 2011, Holder testified to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of that development, and regularly receives hundreds of pages, none of which contained information on potential problems with Fast and Furious.

“The weekly reports (100 + pages) are provided to the office of the AG and (deputy attorney general) each week from approximately 24 offices and components. These are routine reports that provide general overviews and status updates on issues, policies, cases and investigations from offices and components across the country. None of these reports referenced the controversial tactics of that allowed guns to cross the border,” the official said.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., “of all people, should be familiar with the difference between knowing about an investigation and being aware of questionable tactics employed in that investigation since documents provided to his committee show he was given a briefing that included the fast and furious operation in 2010 – a year before the controversy emerged,” the official continued.

Issa told Fox News on Tuesday morning that Holder saying he didn’t understand the question rather than he didn’t know of the program is not a successful defense to perjury.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, adde that months before Holder testified — on Jan. 31 — he came to Grassley’s office, where Grassley gave him a letter detailing the investigation of Fast and Furious.

“If he read my letter, he knew on January 31,” Grassley told Fox News. “He probably actually knew about it way back in the middle of last year or earlier.

Grassley said since he’s not a lawyer he’s not going to make a judgment on whether Holder committed perjury.

“But I can tell you this. They’re doing everything they can, in a fast and furious way, to cover up all the evidence or stonewalling us. But here’s the issue, if he didn’t perjure himself and didn’t know about it, the best way that they can help us, Congressman Issa and me, is to just issue all the documents that we ask for and those documents will prove one way or the other right or wrong.”

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/04/house-republicans-to-request-special-counsel-to-probe-holder-on-fast-and/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#ixzz1Zq1m9fte