ATF Death Watch 98: U.S. Attorney General Holder on Fast and Furious: “I Don’t Remember Knowing About It”

“I have no recollection of knowing about the operation, called ‘Fast and Furious,’ or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder wrote in a letter delivered today to Congress. Judging from forbes.com‘s report, the AG reckons a good offense is the best defense. “Holder said Friday that his testimony to Congress about a controversial gun-smuggling probe was truthful and accurate and that Republicans are engaging in political posturing when they say otherwise . . .

Holder said that he had said little so far about the gun-smuggling probe because the Justice Department inspector general is investigating it but that he could not sit idly by while a Republican congressman suggested that law enforcement and government employees be considered accessories to murder.

‘Cause it’s true?

So that’s how Holder’s going to play it: he doesn’t remember. I suppose that’s as credible an incredible excuse for committing perjury in front of the U.S. Congress as the finest legal minds at the U.S. Attorney General’s office could devise. Considering that Holder lied, and people died.

More to the point, the AG’s office isn’t done stonewalling. Not by a long chalk. Expect to see some serious political masonry during Holder’s testimony at the [just announced] hearing scheduled by the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy. Can you say softball?

I share the President’s confidence in Attorney General Holder. He has continued to demonstrate his strong commitment to tough law enforcement, transparency and integrity.

Yeah, well, that’s end of the year stuff and there are Republicans on that committee. Anyway, Eric might be facing some louder music, sooner. Here’s some white noise Eric prepared earlier . . .

In regard to Terry’s death, Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, said that “we’re talking about consequences of criminal activity, where we actually allowed guns to walk into the hands of criminals.” He said that “when you facilitate that and a murder or a felony occurs, you’re called an accessory.”

Holder said that “such irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms.”

I know! Why not submit the documents requested by Congress that document the White House’s knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious?

How about getting White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly—the man who exchanged emails with the ATF Agent running F&F—back from Iraq for a little heart-to-heart with Congressional investigators?

Obviously not. I’d bet dollars to donuts that Eric Holder had full working knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious. That all the President’s men eyeballed an ATF Powerpoint slide showing where the Mexican authorities recovered F&F guns.

If Representative Issa and Senator Grassley can pin the tail on that donkey, Barack Obama might as well start picking out the drapery for his presidential museum. Meanwhile, the AG is waffling more than any ten IHOPs you can mention.

Prior to early 2011, I certainly never knew about the tactics employed in the operation and it is my understanding that the former United States attorney for the District of Arizona and the former acting director and deputy director of ATF have told Congress that they, themselves, were unaware of the tactics employed. I understand that they have also told Congress that they never briefed me or other department leadership on the misguided tactics that were used in Fast and Furious.

File that one under “if we’re all going down, we’re all going down together.” Or “Memo to everyone who knows the truth about these guns: STFU.”

I don’t think that’s going to happen. As Brad Kozak pointed out lo so many months ago, all it takes is for one co-conspirator (there I said it) to flip. Then it’ll be a race for immunity. What comes out of that process will be both more complicated (a range of motives from a range of players) and more simple (“we’re above the law”) than the mainstream media imagines.

Eric Holder knows the truth about the ATF’s gun running ops. While the chances are not great that he’ll be forced to reveal it, stranger things have happened. Like a federal law enforcement agency sworn to uphold the law allowing straw purchasers to buy guns illegally so they can smuggle them to Mexico.

comments

  1. avatar Ralph says:

    Why should Holder know about a major program run by his vassals at ATF? Just because it involved the sovereignty of our neighbor to the south, there’s no reason why such an important man should take heed of such a silly little program at all. Besides, George Bush did it, right after he kidnapped the Lindberg baby, shot Archduke Ferdinand and caused the Great Depression.

  2. avatar Texan says:

    This isn’t going away. Someone will eventually have to answer the questions: who knew, when did they know, how high up did it go, who authorized it, etc.

    The longer they wait to answer them, the more the answers become suspect – in fact, I think we’ve passed that point long ago.

    The good news is that, even with all the alleged intelligence in Washington, the full support of the MSM, and the months of stalling – no one can think of an excuse that is even semi-believable… In the meantime, this gets better and better (or worse and worse, depending on who you are)…

  3. avatar AuricTech says:

    I’m reminded of this conversation from Clear and Present Danger.

    The other thing I’m reminded of is Musical Chairs meets Prisoner’s Dilemma. Who among the potential prisoners will secure a safe chair by grabbing a seat out from under someone higher on the political food chain?

  4. avatar Aharon says:

    My crystal ball shows that there is the possibility of Eric Holder getting a presidential pardon from BHO.

  5. Holder’s problem is he’s already been contradicted by the emails released from the White House. He can’t have it both ways, so to double-down on the first lie is going to make it virtually impossible for him to weasel out later. In effect, he picked up the rope, fashioned a noose, stuck his head in, and handed the other end to Congress, then said “pull here.”

    I realize these guys are brazen, but to lie about something when you’ve already released documents to the contrary is more than stupid. It’s sociopathic.

  6. avatar Levi B says:

    I was furious when Gonzalez sat there and said I don’t remember 500 times during a congressional inquest, and I’m furious now.

    Lying under oath to a congressional committee should land him in JAIL. It’s not about firing him anymore, it’s about how much time he deserves. But I’m sure he’ll never see a day.

  7. avatar Mike OFWG says:

    When someone is telling the truth, their story is always the same. When they are lying, the versions differ every time. The longer they stall, the worse it will be for them in the end (multiple perjury charges).

  8. avatar Idaho Spudboy says:

    A “Downfall” parody for Operation Fast and Furious:

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