When Senator Grassley first learned about Operation Fast and Furious, he sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for clarification. Holder’s reply flat-out denied that the ATF was engaged in gunwalking (intentionally allowing illegal buyers to smuggle guns to Mexican drug cartels). Yesterday, Holder failed to apologize for weaponizing the drug thugs who murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. As for the AG’s direct knowledge of the ATF’s criminally negligent (at best) black bag job . . .
Holder told the U.S. Senate that at some point in the seven months after sending the missive he learned the true nature of the ATF’s “Gun for Goons” program. Assuming this is true, did America’s top cop then contact the Senate Judiciary Cmmittee to “update” them on this new information and provide the specific details they requested?
He did not.
I repeat: According to Holder’s sworn testimony, the AG didn’t know that the ATF was channeling some two thousand guns to members of the Sinaloa drug cartel at the time he wrote his reply to Senator Grassley’s letter. The AG said nothing when he knew it was inaccurate.
This is like filling out your tax return in early December (never a good idea), receiving a $500k windfall, and failing to notify the IRS about your gi-normous profit. Only worse, as Eric Holder’s inaction was a deliberate cover-up of a program that contributed to the deaths of two federal law enforcement officials and God knows how many Mexican civilians.
If you file a bogus tax return, get caught and then tell the IRS that you only knew it was egregiously wrong after you filed it they will laugh your sorry ass all the way to U.S. District Court in handcuffs. If only.