Skip to comments.Justice Department changes inquiry response procedures to Congress after Fast and Furious
Posted on 01/29/2012 10:18:17 AM PST by Nachum
The Justice Department is tightening procedures for responding to information requests from Congress in the aftermath of a troubled arms trafficking investigation.
In Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed hundreds of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico.
The Justice Department told three congressional committees in a letter Friday night that it has improved coordination between agents and their managers in carrying out arms trafficking investigations.
Attorney General Eric Holder probably will face questions about the changes when he testifies Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That committee has been investigating the department's mistakes in the probe since early last year.
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Congress needs to stop all funding to the corrupted Department of Justice until they knock off all of their stonewalling and start cooperating. Their invoking of the Fifth Amendment just isn’t going to cut it.
The only questions he should be asked are:
"Do you wish to have an attorney present? If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to act on your behalf. Do you understand these rights?"
"Nana nana boo boo, stick your head in doo doo, you can't catch me!"
Holder finds a new way to withhold evidence and stonewall. We need that Holder behinds bars pic!
"the department must solicit information directly from employees ... and consult records relevant to the inquiry if such records are available."
FrankR: Mind if we regualrly borrow for Fast and Furious posts? It is so appropriate!
Hasn’t Eric Holder testified before? They haven’t gotten the truth out of him yet, what do they expect to get this time?
On January 26, 2012, I issued a memorandum for Heads of Department Offices, Boards, Divisions and Components and all United States Attorneys regarding the handling of congressional requests for information. This directive makes clear that ensuring the accuracy and completeness of information that the Department provides to Congress is a matter of utmost importance. Accordingly, the directive instructs that each component must undertake rigorous efforts to obtain accurate and complete information from employees with the best knowledge of the matters relevant to the congressional inquiry. In particular, the directive instructs Department components to:
Assign ultimate responsibility for submitting or reviewing a draft response to a congressional inquiry to an appropriate senior manager who can ensure that all appropriate units and sections within the component provide the necessary information and have the opportunity to raise any relevant questions or concerns. This senior manager has responsibility for ensuring that the component's response is properly fact-checked and vetted.
Solicit information directly from employees with detailed personal knowledge of the subject matter at issue and consult records relevant to the inquiry if such records are available.
Recognize that, in some instances, the employees with the most relevant information may already have made protected disclosures on the subject to Congress or others. The directive emphasizes the Department's commitment to protecting the rights of whistleblowers and to complying both with the letter and spirit of the Whistleblower Protection Act. It also makes clear that the Whistleblower Protection Act does not prohibit seeking relevant information directly from employees who have made protected disclosures when necessary to ensure the accuracy and completeness of responses to Congress. The directive instructs components that, in seeking to obtain information from such employees, they must do so in a manner that does not create a fear of reprisal for any protected disclosure.
Recognize that while the Department strives to answer congressional inquiries promptly and undertakes to meet deadlines set by requestors when practical, the top priority is to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information ultimately provided to Congress.
That is a ton of BS.
When I worked at Treasury, any Congressional inquiry was given to a senior manager. It was a number one priority. It was his job to gather the information needed and to compose as lengthy or succinct and accurate response as the disclosure law provided...PERIOD.
The AG’s new policy is as if before they just called down and said, hey, give me some BS to send up to the Hill. Don’t overlook the fact the gun running project had been under scrutiny long before the congression request. Also, don’t over look that Holder was working at DOJ before he became AG and I am certain the policy about Congressional inquiries was not as inept and haphazard as he is trying to portray with this “new” policy. Sorry Eric, that don’t won’t hunt. Offuscate all your want but the facts speak for themselves, you were shilling for your evil boss’s purposes and it backfired.
More perjury and obstruction of justice charges..
So far they haven’t gotten any.