Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder has sent an angry letter to Congress in which he defends his testimony of May 3, 2011, in which he stated that he had first heard of Operation Fast and Furious" a few weeks previous".
This letter flies in the face of certain facts. We know that e-mails recently released show that Holder was getting memos on Fast and Furious as far back as July 2010. Holder and his defenders can treat these memos and nothing more than everyday minutia, like, say, company picnic notices, but that hardly seems credible given the nature of this operation and its consequences. One of the consequences occurred in December 2010 when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a gunfight in which one of the Fast and Furious weapons was recovered. Yet, Holder claimed under oath on May 3, 2011 that he had first heard of Fast and Furious "probably a few weeks previous".
Then, in February 2011, ICE agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila were shot by Mexican gang members in Mexico. Zapata died from his wounds. Again, Fast and Furious weapons were recovered from the scene. Yet, on May 3, Holder told Congress under oath that he had first heard of Fast and Furious "probably a few weeks previous".
A few weeks or a few months?
I suppose Holder could always raise in his defense that Janet Napolitano, head of Homeland Security, which oversees the Border Patrol and ICE, was never bothering to jump up and down on Holder's desk demanding answers as to why her agents were being shot and killed by weapons linked to this Justice Department fiasco of an operation. That she has not done so, privately or publicly, is to her everlasting shame. But that only makes her an accomplice to Holder's cover-up.
In addition, Holder is no claiming that a similar operation was conducted under the Bush administration. There is a difference; a controlled delivery, under which contraband is allowed to proceed to its intended recipient under surveillance resulting in arrests and seizure, is accepted law enforcement procedure. Show me where that operation allowed guns to "walk" into Mexico and disappear without any arrest or seizure. If that was the case, I would condemn that as well.
Eric Holder and anyone else in DOJ involved in this mess have no business being in federal law enforcement. Holder has been a scourge to the DOJ ever since the Clinton administration when he greased the skids for the notorious Clinton pardon of fugitive financier Marc Rich.
Perjury is serious business-especially when committed by the chief law enforcement officer in the land.