Skip to comments.Fast and Furious: Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent "Baffled"
Posted on 10/24/2014 6:29:21 AM PDT by Kaslin
Late Wednesday evening the Department of Justice turned over a list, or Vaughn Index, of Operation Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege. The list was turned over after a long legal battle with government watchdog Judicial Watch. Yesterday in an initial review of the list by Judicial Watch, it was revealed Attorney General Eric Holder was involved in crafting talking points for the cover-up of the operation from within DOJ and that President Obama asserted executive privilege over emails between Holder, his wife and his mother.
The family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered in the Arizona desert in December 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns obtained through Fast and Furious, is baffled that the President would use his executive authority to protect Holder's wife and is disappointed with the continuing lack of transparency from DOJ and the White House.
"We are shocked that some of these Vaughn Index documents show that Attorney General Holder was personally involved in crafting talking points and helping his office in responding to the Congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious from very early on. We are baffled that personal emails from the Attorney General to his wife and mother are part of the information covered by the President's claim of Executive Privilege," Terry family spokesman Ralph Terry said in a statement.
"Furthermore, we are incredibly saddened that even after the death of Brian Terry and four years after Operation Fast and Furious was put to an end, the weapons of Operation Fast and Furious continue to appear and present a clear danger to the public. The Administration continues to show no remorse for their actions in Operation Fast and Furious. The Department of Justice continues to engage in deceptive measures that are designed to cover up the links between multiple acts of violence and the guns that were allowed to be bought by straw buyers and ultimately delivered to some of the most violent criminals in North America," Terry continued. "As evidenced by the weapon recovered in Phoenix, the Attorney General has once again failed to inform Congress and the American people that the weapons from the botched gun trafficking program put into place by ATF and former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke continue to injure and maim American citizens. We urge President Obama to cooperate with Congress and to release the thousands of documents outlined in the Vaughn Index. Americans deserve the truth and deserve transparency from their government in this matter."
Terry is referring to a 2013 gang-shootout at a Phoenix apartment complex that left two men injured. An AK-47 recovered at the scene was obtained through Fast and Furious and used to carry out the crime. The connection between the incident and Fast and Furious was not disclosed to Congress by DOJ until after a Judicial Watch freedom of information lawsuit against the City of Phoenix was issued and details about where the guns in the incident came from were reveled.
The Vaughn Index is more than 1300 pages long and the documents being withheld from Congress and the American people under President Obama's executive privilege total more than 15,000 pages. A federal judge is currently presiding over a lawsuit from the House Oversight Committee that questions whether Obama's assertion of privilege is valid in this case.
I’d be surprised if the Vaughn indices were completely accurate, myself.
IMHO, most conspiracies can be explained by accident and error, but when there is a real conspiracy, it’s far worse than one could initially imagine. This administration is a conspiracy.
I can see texting - "bring home milk" - but emails?
I’m fine with not allowing executive privilege regarding the emails to his wife and mother but isn’t there a privacy issue?
Don’t be baffled - this is an out of control, outlaw administration.
I assume these are emails originating from an official U.S. government email account. If true, there is no privacy.
I did not know that “Esecutive Privilege,” could be used to cover up felonious criminal activity.
What else would a [democrat] president use it for?
Come on! Think, people!
“I may be old-fashioned or behind the times, but why on earth would Holder email his wife and mother?”
Example of email:
I’ve got a trip to Mexico coming up. We are finally going to make a move on gun control. It’s under the radar for now, but Hillary and Barack are working on this too. And they’ll be heading to Mexico as well.
I looked up Eric Holder’s wife to see why she might need executive privilege . She’s a doctor and is part owner of an abortion clinic, so the executive privilege is to cover that, most likely. Nothing to do with Fadt and Furious.
Trust me I am not.
His wife and mother are probably his “bagmen” to run “errands” like picking up the money. They’re all corrupt and nothing they won’t do.
Executive privilege applies to Presidential classified information which involves the security of the U.S. and most formal letterhead directives involving serious security issues. Cell phones, tablets, other media outside established govt. safeguards definitely doesn't apply. The purpose of executive privilege is the protection of the U.S., not the destruction of it.
Welcome to Obama world, but who will do anything about it? I hate to keep using an old worn out cliche, but he has pigment protection. Skin color covers a multitude of sins.
Is this sarcasm?
No, I looked up Holder’s wife to see what she could have had to do with Fast and Furious and the answer was nothing. I think that Holder was just protecting his communications with his wife and Fast and furious was just an excuse. He doesn’t want people going through his communications with his wife after he is gone. Running an abortion clinic would give people a good reason to want to see their communications.
“Im fine with not allowing executive privilege regarding the emails to his wife and mother but isnt there a privacy issue?”
Dummy accounts with the Wife and Mothers names on them that Holder’s other cohorts had the password for and used? Not too hard to imagine that - my DOG has an account for my junk e-mails.
And I’m not NEARLY as smart as Holder! ;)
“Attorney General Eric Holder was involved in crafting talking points for the cover-up of the operation from within DOJ”
I am sure the MSM is all over this. Not!
For the real conspiracy minded, what about the emails to his wife and mother are the go between from himself and Obama.
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