Theodore's World: Documents Suggest Obama's Eric Holder Knew About 'Fast and Furious' Earlier Than He Claimed

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October 04, 2011

Documents Suggest Obama's Eric Holder Knew About 'Fast and Furious' Earlier Than He Claimed

Here is the story for Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder from CBS News.The report by Sharyl Atkisson shows that Holder did not tell the truth to Congress in May of this year when he said he had heard of the disastrous “Fast and Furious” illegal gun-running program only a few weeks earlier. But Department of Justice documents, the report says, show that Holder received regular briefings on the operation going all the way back to July 5, 2010!

Holder is now reportedly saying he “misunderstood” the question from Congress!


Fox News breaking news report on the evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder did not tell the truth in his testimony before Congress.

Documents Suggest Holder Knew About 'Fast and Furious' Earlier Than He Claimed

FOX News

For the first time, documents appear to show Attorney General Eric Holder was made aware of the Operation Fast and Furious earlier than he claimed -- up to 9 nine months earlier.

The documents seem to contradict what Holder told a House Judiciary Committee on May 3, when he said he could not recall the exact date, but he'd "probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."

However, in a July 2010 memo, Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder straw buyers in the Operation Fast and Furious case "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."

Also, on October 18, 2010, one of Holder's chief deputies, Lanny Breuer, chief of the department's Criminal Division, told Holder in a memo that prosecutors were ready to issue indictments in Operation Fast and Furious.

Documents also show, contrary to earlier reports, the Justice Department was aware that ATF agents under the department's direction were involved in the controversial practice known as "gun walking" -- allowing illicit gun sales to proceed to track the traffickers to higher-ups. The department has said it did not allow guns to "walk."

When agents "let guns walk," they stop surveillance and allow criminals to transfer weapons to others. In this case, that meant allowing the guns to cross the border into Mexico. It is a highly controversial practice agents typically are taught not to do.

However, in an October 17, 2010 memo, Deputy Attorney General Jason Weinstein asks another attorney in the Criminal Division if Breuer should do a press conference when Fast and Furious is announced, but says, "It's a tricky case, given the number of guns that have walked."

Until now, there's been an attempt to portray Operation Fast and Furious as a rogue operation by ATF agents in Phoenix and the Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office. But insiders claim these documents show the Department of Justice in Washington was intimately aware of the case almost from the beginning.

In response to the documents released today, the Justice Department said Holder’s response referred to when he first learned of the “troubling tactics” of the program. A Justice spokesperson also says that the “gun walking” referred to in the October 2010 email exchange is about another case initiated before Operation Fast and Furious.


Wild Thing's comment.........

Between this and theh solar money and out Obama should be in deep doo doo. If there was no double standard Obama would be kicked out of office.

Posted by Wild Thing at October 4, 2011 03:47 AM


Holder is like his boss, a lair.

Posted by: BobF at October 4, 2011 07:31 AM

This was a scam by Holder and obama to provide an excuse for them to push restrictions on our Second Amendment rights. This scam and it's criminality are becoming so obvious that now even the MSM is having to report it. Maybe this will be obama's Watergate. Watch obama throw Holder under the bus if it will save his presidency.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at October 4, 2011 12:16 PM

Bob, he sure is.

Tom, I agree it is both of them. Scam is so right that is just what it is.

Posted by: Wild Thing at October 5, 2011 01:35 AM