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Nov 14 13 6:06 AM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives
plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric
Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member they say
has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law.
"This was not a decision that I made lightly.
Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in
contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be
forthright has only continued," Texas Representative Pete Olson, who
drafted the articles, said in a statement provided to Reuters on
"The American people deserve answers and
accountability. If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then
Congress must take action."
According to an outline, the first article is based on "Operation
Fast and Furious" a bungled attempt to build cases against major gun
traffickers who supplied firearms to Mexican drug cartels, while
electing not to immediately prosecute low-level traffickers even as they
bought 2,000 potentially illegal guns.
The operation came to
light after two of those firearms were found in Arizona at the scene of
the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Holder refused to give a congressional committee subpoenaed documents
about the Justice Department's involvement in "Fast and Furious" he was
found in contempt of Congress. The House oversight committee has also
sued for the documents.
Black Blade: Eric Holder is a criminal. Just hasn't been convicted. Nice to be "above the law".
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Washington (CNN) -- A dramatic shootout between
authorities and suspected cartel gunmen at a Mexican seaside resort this
month has ties to a botched U.S. gun operation.
A U.S. official said
Tuesday that investigators have traced at least one firearm recovered at
a December 18 gunfight in Puerto Peñasco, across from the Arizona
border, to Operation Fast and Furious.
That's the disastrous operation run by agents in the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Agents allowed suspected
gun smugglers to buy about 2,000 firearms with the goal of trying to
find and prosecute high-level traffickers. They couldn't track the
firearms and most are believed to have ended up with cartels and
gangsters in Mexico.
Many have turned up at
crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including at a shooting
that killed a U.S. border agent in 2010.
The shootout in Puerto
Peñasco, also called Rocky Point by Arizona tourists, two weeks ago left
at least five suspected cartel gunmen dead, including possibly a high
level Sinaloa cartel chief, according to Mexican authorities.
Witnesses reported hours
of shooting and grenade explosions, with Mexican authorities using
helicopters to attack fleeing suspected cartel gunmen on the ground.
Black Blade: Yep, "Operation Fast and Furious" - the gift that keeps on giving. Yet Eric Holder and Barack Obama are given a pass on this scandal.
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Jul 23 14 7:45 PM
thecommonsenseshow.com / by Dave Hodges / July 23, 2014
Fast and Furious is alive and well.
According to my confidential sources the
manner in which the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) deals with confiscated
weapons associated with the commission of a drug crime has changed.
Formerly, when the DEA would execute a drug bust and seize weapons, they
would simply destroy the guns, unless the guns were to be used as
evidence in an upcoming trial. In such cases, guns would be destroyed
when they had outlived their evidentiary usefulness. Then came along Mr.
Fast and Furious, Eric Holder who has ordered that all guns seized by
any Federal agency, including the DEA, must be turned over to the
Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Some of you who know your history
already know where this is going.
Those Who Do Not Remember Their History Are Doomed to Repeat It
The ATF and Eric Holder were
implicated “nine times Sunday” for their role in shipping guns from the
United States into Mexico which ended up in the hands of the drug
cartels. Holder refused to cooperate with a Congressional investigation
and was held in Contempt of Congress. Unfortunately,
Congress did not have the courage to impeach, convict and remove Eric
Holder from his Attorney General position. Congress failed to launch a
subsequent investigation which would and should have looked for
presidential complicity in Fast and Furious as well.
There were some ATF officials who were turned
into sacrificial lambs and were subsequently fired for their role in
Fast and Furious. The body count should have continued to mount until
the evidence trail from “All the President’s Men” should have landed
squarely on the desk of the Oval Office as it did with Richard Nixon and
Watergate. However, since true investigative journalism is all but dead
in this country, the evidence trail grew cold as Congress cowered in
the corner. Where was Trey Gowdy? Were was Darryl Issa? Where was
anybody who was elected to protect and to serve the people, when justice
was not ultimately served?
Aug 1 14 4:06 PM
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Oct 24 14 1:31 PM
trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort
to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the
Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by
The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn
index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast
and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama
administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information
Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over
the agency’s objections. Yesterday JW reported
on the broad information in the records, including that Obama asserted
executive privilege for Holder’s wife as part of the administration’s
efforts to cover up the scandal.
Practically lost in the 1,000-plus pages of records is an index that
shows Jarrett was brought in to manage the fact that Holder lied to
Congress after the story about the disastrous gun-running operation
broke in the media. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and
Explosives (ATF) ran the once-secret program that allowed guns from the
U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to
drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of
hundreds of weapons which have been used in an unknown number of crimes,
including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
The files received by JW include three electronic mails between
Holder and Jarrett and one from former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke to
Jarrett. The e-mails with Holder are all from October 4, 2011, a
significant date because, on the evening of October 3rd, Sheryl
Attkisson (then at CBS news) released documents showing that Holder had been sent a briefing paper on Operation Fast and Furious on June 5, 2010. The paper was from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.
This directly contradicted Holder’s May 3, 2011 testimony to the
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, during which he stated
that he, “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over
the last few weeks.” The October 4, 2011 date may also be significant
because it came shortly after the August 30, 2011 resignation of U.S.
Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke and reassignment of acting ATF
director Kenneth Melson to the position of “senior forensics advisor” at
The description of one of the e-mails, written from Jarrett to
Holder, reads, “re: personnel issues.” Another, also from Jarrett,
reads, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future
responses in light of recent development in congressional
investigation.” Unfortunately, the index is vague and that’s all the
information we have about them. Nevertheless, given the timing and
subject of these e-mails, it seems clear that Jarrett quickly became a
key player in the Fast and Furious cover-up in the immediate aftermath
of the revelation that Holder had lied to Congress.
Read more about ATF, DOJ, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Valerie Jarrett
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Jan 27 15 4:38 PM
of the recently unsealed documents, a Dec. 1 opinion by Judge Allegra,
finally explains why in October the judge voided his original decision
... The reason: The judge believed that Justice Department attorneys had 'committed fraud on the court.'" ...
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Jan 19 16 3:07 PM
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson rejected Obama’s claim of executive privilege, according to Politico –
which was invoked to protect Attorney General Eric Holder from the
truth about the operation. Jackson was nominated for the United States
District Court for the District of Columbia by Obama.
This is the latest step in the ongoing fight for details of the
operation that poisoned the relationship between Holder and members of
Congress who voted to hold the former Attorney General in contempt of
But the fight is not over, as the Obama administration could appeal the ruling to a higher court.
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