Fast and Furious About Fast and Furious

by Crocker on June 26, 2012, 12:14 pm

in Law,Politics

Like Professor Jacobson at Legal Insurrection, I feel remiss in not commenting more on the blossoming Fast and Furious scandal.

What’s clear is that Fast and Furious is a real scandal. It was done without the knowledge or cooperation of the Mexican government, which is rightly angry. Moreover, it seems clear that the operation was designed create a pretext to impose draconian legislation and regulations on gun owners and thereby undermine the recent Heller and McDonald decisions. In short, an assault on the Second Amendment.

And now it’s becoming apparent that this fiasco was conceived at the highest levels of the Administration. From the Daily Caller:

A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.

The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed.

It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4, 2011 letter from the DOJ to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley falsely denied guns were permitted to “walk” into Mexico. The DOJ allowed that false letter to stand for nine more months, only withdrawing it in December 2011.

By declaring Executive Privilege, all the Administration did was lay a big ole chum line. And the sharks are gathering.

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