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  • Oops! Obama Realizes Exec. Privilege not Legal to Hide Fast, Furious Docs

    11/24/2014 10:53:35 AM PST · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 24, 2014
    After using executive privilege to withhold Fast and Furious records for two years, the Obama administration has quietly stopped exerting the power to hide information about the disastrous gun-running operation. Judicial Watch attorneys discovered the extraordinary about-face in recent exchanges with Department of Justice (DOJ). JW has been a leader in exposing the Fast and Furious scandal and has filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the federal agencies involved in the once-secret operation. Just last month JW obtained records showing that the president’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the Fast and Furious...
  • Lawless DOJ Targeted Attkisson Over Fast And Furious

    11/24/2014 11:12:43 AM PST · by raptor22 · 24 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 24, 2014 | IBD editorials
    Corruption: Smoking-gun emails show how the administration sought to derail a CBS reporter's investigation of its "gun-waking" operation — a reporter whose computers were mysteriously and mercilessly hacked. Fast and Furious, along with Benghazi, is one of the two "phony" administration scandals that produced body bags, and former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson is responsible for much of the truth-telling about both. That fact is enough to put her high atop the administration's enemies list. Attkisson, a casualty of liberal media bias, resigned from CBS in March after a series of clashes between her and her bosses over her exposes of...
  • JW Beats Obama on Fast and Furious (Weekly Update)

    11/21/2014 5:58:12 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tom Fitton
    Obama’s Lawless Amnesty Tests Our Republic Judicial Watch Victory: Obama Gives Up Fast and Furious Documents President GruberObama Jet-Setting Costs Taxpayers Obama’s Lawless Amnesty Tests Our Republic I write this late Friday after an extraordinarily busy week at Judicial Watch (see below). Honest Americans are still gasping from President Obama’s speech last night announcing his own amnesty program, based on no legal authority, for at least five million illegal aliens. I warned you last week about Obama’s amnesty assault on our nation. Unfortunately, my summary needs no update from last week, but should reassure you that we are on the...
  • 'Any Way We Can Fix Fox?' Attkisson Exposes DOJ Fast & Furious Emails

    11/23/2014 1:29:52 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    newsbustes ^ | Nov. 23, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    How long it would have taken from the time of its exposure for the press to have prominently reported on an email sent from the the Bush 43 White House to its Justice Department asking, "Any way we can fix the New York Times?" We can be confident that it would have taken less than a New York minute, and that saturation coverage would have continued for days. Well, one revelation in a series of Saturday tweets by former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, one of only a very few establishment press journalists who did serious reporting on the Department of...
  • Emails show Obama admin targeted reporter over her coverage of 'Operation Fast and Furious'

    11/21/2014 11:44:32 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | November 21, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor
    The Department of Justice's top communications official plotted to squash a reporter who aggressively covered the agency's ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious gun scandal in 2011, previously secret emails show. The emails, between the DOJ's then-communications chief Tracy Schmaler and White House press flack Eric Schultz, are a rare look inside the Obama administration's press control machine. They were released Thursday while the nation was preoccupied with President Barack Obama's immigration policy announcement, as the result of a long-languishing Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit filed by the center-right watchdog group Judicial Watch. In one message, Schmaler told Schultz that CBS...
  • Fast and Furious: White House, DOJ targeted Sharyl Attkisson (and Rep. Issa)

    11/20/2014 3:02:41 PM PST · by kristinn · 30 replies
    Human Events ^ | Thursday, November 20, 2014 | John Hayward
    Judicial Watch is looking to crowdsource the huge pile of documents finally delivered by the Obama Administration in response to their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit on Operation Fast and Furious. (In the unlikely event the mainstream media decides not to embargo this story, I don’t want to catch any of you claiming that it was a FOIA request. The request got ignored by the Most Transparent Administration In History, so they had to file a lawsuit. The document production is occurring under the stern gaze of a federal judge.) Here’s a little taste of what has already been discovered,...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder: Critics of handling of Fast & Furious gun walking scandal can 'kiss..

    11/10/2014 9:40:03 AM PST · by PROCON · 16 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Nov. 10, 2014 | David Martosko
    Attorney general said prosecutors critical of the department's handling of the gun-walking scandal could 'kiss my ass' Fast and Furious was a botched effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track firearms across the Southwest border House Republicans have long promoted the idea that Holder knew that federal agents had engaged in a risky tactic known as 'gun-walking' The Justice Department's inspector general found no evidence that Holder was aware of the tacticNewly released emails show Attorney General Eric Holder said that Justice Department prosecutors who were critical of the department's handling of the fallout of...
  • Bombshell: Email Proves that White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

    11/21/2014 10:08:12 AM PST · by TangledUpInBlue · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/21 | Bryan Preston
    One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any attention to the deadly gun-running scandal. In an email dated October 4, 2011, Attorney General Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control.” Schmaler told White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz that he intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop Attkisson. Schultz replied, “Good. Her piece was really...
  • Bombshell: Email Proves that White House, DOJ Targeted Reporter Sharyl Attkisson

    11/20/2014 6:02:38 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | 11/20/14 | Bryan Preston
    Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has turned over about 42,000 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. The administration was forced to turn the documents over to Judicial Watch in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. Judicial Watch is posting them on its web site. The administration turned them over on November 18, 2014. One of the documents provides smoking gun proof that the Obama White House and the Eric Holder Justice Department colluded to get CBS News to block reporter Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson was one of the few mainstream media reporters who paid any...
  • These Leaked Emails Show Eric Holder Cussing, Freaking Out Over Investigation

    11/09/2014 12:45:04 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 40 replies
    Holder responds by saying that they needed to be very careful. He goes on to criticize Issa, and calls his investigation a purely political move. In the process however, he basically admits that the operation at the center of the investigation led to the death of thousands of Mexican civilians. “Ok. We have to be careful. His decision has to truly be his. If he testifies so be it.” “Issa and his idiot cronies never gave a damn about this when all that was happening was that thousands of Mexicans were being killed with guns from our country. All they...
  • ‘Election Eve Dump:’ Eric Holder Releases Fast and Furious Documents That Got Him Cited for Contempt

    11/05/2014 9:50:51 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 11-4-2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Justice Department officials provided House investigators with thousands of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that President Obama had previously claimed were exempt from congressional review. In an “election eve dump,” as House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) put it, DOJ handed over 64,280 pages of documents, a release that is still only a partial fulfillment of the committee’s request. “This production is nonetheless a victory for the legislative branch, a victory for transparency, and a victory for efforts to check Executive Branch power,” Issa said of the release.
  • Eric Holder Uncensored: Fast and Furious Critics Can ‘Kiss My A**’

    11/07/2014 7:45:21 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 27 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11-07-2014 | Jason Howerton
    A new batch of emails from Attorney General Eric Holder were revealed on Friday, further demonstrating just how frustrated he became over Congress’ investigation into the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal. In one Aug. 30 email, he wrote of his critics, “Some people can kiss my ass.”
  • Eric Holder Blasts Darrell Issa And His 'Idiot Cronies' For Fast And Furious Probe, Emails Show

    11/05/2014 7:42:10 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11-5-2014 | Shadee Ashtari
    Attorney General Eric Holder criticized Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) years-long congressional probe into "Operation Fast and Furious" as little more than an effort to "suck up to the gun lobby," according to internal emails released Monday. "Issa and his idiot cronies never gave a damn about this when all that was happening was that thousands of Mexicans were being killed with guns from our country," Holder wrote to members of his staff in April 2011, after Issa threatened to subpoena a Federal Firearms Licensee witness to testify on the investigation. “All they want to do -- in reality -- is...
  • Document dump shows State had a hand in 'Fast and Furious' redactions

    11/05/2014 12:39:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    examiner ^ | 11/5/14 | David Codrea
    With the media and engaged citizens focused on critical mid-term elections, the Department of Justice turned over 64,000 pages of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that it had previously claimed executive privilege for, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Responsibility announced Tuesday. Per the committee release, the production of the documents, compelled by court order, is further evidence the administration had no legitimate reasons for withholding them in the first place consistent with the purposes behind executive privilege, and their withholding was part of a continued effort to avoid disclosures “that embarrass or otherwise implicate senior Obama...
  • BREAKING: DOJ Turns Over 64,000 Fast and Furious Documents Held Under Obama's Executive Privilege

    11/04/2014 1:13:19 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 61 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-04-2014 | Katie Pavlich
    November 4, 2014BREAKING: DOJ Turns Over 64,000 Fast and Furious Documents Held Under Obama's Executive PrivilegeKatie PavlichAfter years of legal battles between the House Oversight Committee and Attorney General Eric Holder, 64,280 redacted Operation Fast and Furious documents held under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege since 2012, have been turned over by the Department of Justice after an order from U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson. The Justice Department was originally ordered to turn over a list of documents, better known as a Vaughn Index, with explanations as to why documents fall under executive privilege claims by November...
  • AG Holder's Wife Linked To 'Fast and Furious' And Abortion Clinic Fraud [Wife Co-Owned Clinic]

    11/02/2014 12:16:03 PM PST · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    Examiner ^ | November 02, 2014
    AG Holder's Wife Linked To 'Fast and Furious' And Abortion Clinic Fraud While outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder continues to fend off responsibility for the law enforcement snafu known as Operation Fast and Furious, documents obtained through a judge's order reveal that not only did Holder know about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), but he discussed it via email with his physician spouse, Sharon Malone, however President Barack Obama is granting those emails to be withheld based on an "executive privilege" claim. While Holder tours the country like a conquering hero and enjoys the adoration of...
  • DOJ’s Fast and Furious Prequel: Failed Grenade-Running Operation

    10/31/2014 12:49:22 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | October 31, 2014
    The Obama Justice Department endangered public safety by allowing a renowned weapons smuggler to continue working for Mexican drug cartels even after the agency had more than enough evidence to indict him, according to a federal audit made public this week. As if this weren’t bad enough, the case is all the more outrageous because it involves the same preposterous strategy the administration used in the disastrous gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. That once-secret program allowed weapons from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement...
  • Eric Holder's Wife Is Granted Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

    10/30/2014 10:27:37 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 29, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: Documents obtained by a government watchdog group list emails between the attorney general and his wife regarding a White House statement on the "gun walking" scandal the White House wants kept secret. The release of the government's Vaughn Index of documents that the administration withheld from the House Oversight Committee's investigation of Fast and Furious may not be the October surprise that the Obama administration hoped for. It raises more questions than it answers and shows the absurd extent of the administration's cover-up. On July 18, U.S. District Court Judge John Bates ordered the Justice Department to produce, in...
  • BREAKING: Judicial Watch Obtains List of Fast and Furious Documents ..

    10/23/2014 1:12:18 PM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 29 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Oct. 23, 2014 | Kattie Pavlich
    Late last night the Department of Justice complied with a court order and turned over a list to government watchdog Judicial Watch , known as a Vaughn Index, of Fast and Furious documents being held from Congress and the American people under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege. Not surprisingly, DOJ failed to fully comply with the requirements of providing a Vaughn Index. The Vaughn index explains 15,662 documents. Typically, a Vaughn index must: (1) identify each record withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption. The...
  • The Fast and Furious Cover-up, Hiding In Plain Sight

    10/26/2014 3:13:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/26/14
    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to investigate the Fast and Furious scandal for years, but has been stymied by the Obama administration’s stonewalling. The House committee was willing to narrow its request for Department of Justice documents to an extraordinary degree; ultimately, the committee asked only that the Obama administration produce documents after February 4, 2011, relating to the false letter to Congress that bore that date, and the process by which Eric Holder’s DOJ decided to withdraw that letter. Notwithstanding this narrow scope, the Obama administration has stiffed the House committee for three years,...
  • Obama Asserts Executive Privilege for Eric Holder's Wife, Mother in Fast & Furious

    10/24/2014 6:29:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 24, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On October 23, Judicial Watch announced it received a "Vaughn index" for records the Department of Justice has withheld from Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Contained in the index details are evidence that Obama asserted executive privilege for Attorney General Eric Holder's wife Sharon Malone—and his mother. According to Judicial Watch, emails between Holder and his wife and Holder and his mother are the materials withheld via executive privilege and "the dubious claim of deliberative process privilege." Yet the release of the Vaughn index is a good thing, and it comes after Judge John D. Bates ordered the index...
  • House Oversight Committee Pursues New Contempt Charges, Fines, And Possibly Jail Time For Holder

    10/05/2014 8:21:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | Debra Heine
    The House Oversight Committee is pursuing another contempt of court charge, and possibly a daily monetary fine, and jail time for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder unless he complies with a court order to release certain Fast and Furious documents. Via The Washington Times: Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to fine Mr. Holder if he doesn’t comply with her own order issued back in August — the one where she said he couldn’t claim executive privilege to keep private certain documents related to the federal gun-running program, “Operation...
  • Eric Holder's Top Deputy Resigns Amid Revelation Fast and Furious Guns Used in Phoenix Crime

    10/17/2014 9:46:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The top deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday amid revelations that Operation Fast and Furious scandal guns were used to harm Americans in Phoenix in 2013, a development top congressional Republicans say President Obama’s administration sought to cover up. ... Holder, the attorney general, has failed to cooperate with the Fast and Furious congressional investigation led by Issa and Grassley. Holder was voted, on a bipartisan basis, into both criminal and civil contempt of Congress—a first in the history of the United States for a Cabinet-level official—after he failed to provide documents to Issa’s committee...
  • Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife

    10/23/2014 10:19:50 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 44 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2014
    Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department. The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious...
  • Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder's

    10/24/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn't involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program. Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder's changing testimony to Congress. More from Judicial Watch: Practically lost in...
  • Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

    10/24/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 115 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2014 | Staff
    President Obama’s 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 Judicial Watch. 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...
  • Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

    10/24/2014 12:25:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    JudicialWatch.org ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2014
    President Obama’s 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 Judicial Watch.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...
  • Obama Claims Executive Privilege Over 15,000 Fast and Furious Docs

    10/23/2014 2:22:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/23/2014 | BY: CJ Ciaramella
    The Obama administration is claiming executive privilege over more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, according to records received Wednesday night by the watchdog group Judicial Watch. Last month, a federal judge ordered the Justice Department to release to Judicial Watch the list of documents, known as a “Vaughn index,” that it is withholding from the public, calling its requests for further delays “unconvincing.” The 1,307-page Vaughn index lists 15,662 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that the Obama administration is asserting executive privilege over—the first...
  • Federal Court ... Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to Judicial Watch by October 22

    10/22/2014 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Revel · 19 replies
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a “Vaughn index” listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.
  • BREAKING: Documents Confirm Fast and Furious AK-47 Used in Phoenix Gang Assault

    10/16/2014 1:41:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Documents obtained through a lawsuit recently issued against the City of Phoenix by government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal a weapon from the Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious was used to injure two people in a 2013 gang-style assault on an apartment complex. When the incident occurred and during investigation afterward, police worked with federal law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency in the case, raising suspicions the assault wasn't simply a typical, local gang shootout and prompted questions about the details of where the weapons...
  • EXCLUSIVE - Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Sister on Timing of Holder Resignation:

    09/25/2014 2:04:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In light of a federal judge denying a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a long-sought after Fast and Furious document list, the sister of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Kelly Terry-Willis, doesn't find the timing of Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation to be a coincidence. "I do not find it a coincidence that Eric Holder chose now to resign after Judge Bates denied the request from the DOJ to delay the release of the Fast and Furious documents. I personally think Eric Holder was really hoping that the documents would never be made public to...
  • Judge Denies DOJ Request to Delay Release of Fast and Furious Document List (Be Released by Oct 22)

    09/25/2014 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 34 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates has denied a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a list of Operation Fast and Furious documents being protected under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege. The list, better known as a Vaughn index, was requested through a June 2012 FOIA filing by government watchdog Judicial Watch. When DOJ didn't respond to the FOIA request in the time required by law, Judicial Watch sued in September 2012, seeking all documents DOJ and the White House are withholding from Congress under executive privilege claims. President Obama made the assertion...
  • Federal Court Denies DOJ Motion for Delay, Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to...

    09/25/2014 9:14:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 25, 2014
    Full title: Federal Court Denies DOJ Motion for Delay, Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to Judicial Watch by October 22 “The government’s arguments for even more time are unconvincing.” – U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a “Vaughn index” listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit...
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents (Fast and Furious)

    08/21/2014 3:36:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 8:19 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. …
  • ATF's notional resource shortfall raises new questions about 'Project Gunwalker'

    07/14/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/14/14 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted last week that a new General Accounting Office report has found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks the resources to effectively investigate one of their highest stated priorities--firearms in the hands of those prohibited by federal law from having them. Specifically, the GAO report draws the conclusion that the BATFE is unable to efficiently pursue "delayed denial" investigations, in which a person ineligible to own a firearm under federal law is permitted to do so anyway, because the criminal background check did not turn up any disqualifying information in...
  • JUDGE SIGNALS SHE’LL FORCE HOLDER TO HAND OVER FAST & FURIOUS DOCUMENTS

    05/15/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2014 | by KEN KLUKOWSKI
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was openly irritated both with Attorney General Eric Holder and with the U.S. House of Representatives over whether executive privilege allows Holder to withhold documents on Operation Fast and Furious. But she also signaled she would rule against Holder in part, making it likely that Congress—and the public—could learn the truth about a gun-running scandal that ended with a murdered federal agent. Berman began today’s hearing in Washington, D.C.’s federal district court with an opening statement about this case “concerning the suspected illegal flow of firearms from the United States to Mexican drug cartels.”...
  • Fast and Furious a Red Herring

    05/06/2014 11:18:18 AM PDT · by mgist · 15 replies
    american Thinker ^ | 5/6/14 | anonymous
    The disappearing act known as the congressional Fast and Furious investigation made a brief return to the stage recently when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder became unhinged during questioning by Representative Louis Gohmert (R). The trigger for his defiance was the mention by Rep. Gohmert of possible contempt charges over the Fast and Furious scandal. The AG’s admonition of “Don’t go there buddy,” started discussion as to why Holder reacted in such a strong manner. Sure, he’s hiding something, or someone, but are the White House, ATF, and the AG the only players? In June 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa’s initial...
  • Dennis Burke Should Be Further Sanctioned, Not Celebrated For Lying to Brian Terry's Family

    04/02/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Arizona Republic editorial board published an opinion piece titled, “Dennis Burke should've been celebrated, not sanctioned.” The board portrays the former U.S. Attorney and Operation Fast and Furious ring-leader as a whistleblower and victim rather than holding him accountable for his extensive and reckless actions during his time in office. Consider the following a direct response. Between 2009 and 2011 when Operation Fast and Furious was active, Dennis Burke and his Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley refused to prosecute nearly every straw purchaser case handed to them citing “no probable cause.” One of those straw purchasers...
  • ATF Meets Congress' Deadline for Fast & Furious Info-Some materials "highly redacted"

    04/01/2014 8:37:39 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | 4-1-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    ATF Meets Congress' Deadline for Fast & Furious Info  Some materials "highly redacted" by Sharyl Attkisson April 1, 2013 Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Director Todd Jones today met a 5 p.m. deadline to provide Congress with some information related to disciplinary action, or lack thereof, against key players involved in ATF’s Fast and Furious gunwalking case. That’s according to an official with the House Oversight Committee who says committee members haven't yet thoroughly reviewed the materials but that they are often “highly redacted.”  Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) set the deadline in a letter...
  • NCR: U.S. Guns, Not Obama, to Blame for Mexican Violence (Catholic publication)

    02/16/2014 1:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | February 15, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    In the second installation of a three-part series on "gun violence in Mexico," the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) continues to blame the U.S. for gun violence in Mexico, while viewing Fast & Furious as a legitimate attempt at law enforcement which just happened to go wrong. According to NCR, Obama tried to reinstitute an "assault weapons" ban in the U.S. as a way to keep Mexico safer. He also pledged to "keep increasing the pressure on the gun traffickers." NCR claims part of the pressure on traffickers included Operation Fast & Furious, which turned out to be a "botched 2009...
  • Fast and Furious defendant gets 30 years in border agent's killing

    02/10/2014 2:49:36 PM PST · by yoe · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feburary 10, 2014 | AP
    A man convicted in the shooting death of a federal Border Patrol agent during a firefight that revealed the government's botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, who is from El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, is the only person to be convicted in the Dec. 14, 2010, shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border. U.S. District Court judge David C. Bury handed down the sentence, 360 months with credit for time served.
  • Killer Sentenced In Flat Rock Native's Murder (Brian Terry)

    02/10/2014 1:56:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Monroe News ^ | February 10, 2014 | AP
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in the 2010 killing of a U.S Border Patrol agent that revealed the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. #Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in Flat Rock native Brian Terry’s shooting death.
  • Brian Terry’s brother rips Eric Holder over ‘shocking’ ineptitude

    02/09/2014 4:43:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Kent Terry, the brother of slain border agent Brian Terry, sent a scathing letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding to know why the United States has let years pass without holding anyone accountable for Operation Fast and Furious. In his letter, Mr. Terry wrote, Breitbart.com reported: “Mr. Holder, I am going to get right to the point of this letter. I am not pleased with your behavior as America’s Attorney General. Simply denying that you had no knowledge about Operation Fast and Furious is troubling in itself, but for you to not comply with Congress is even more troubling....
  • Prosecutor: There Were Fast & Furious Guns at Scene of Brian Terry's Murder

    02/05/2014 6:53:55 PM PST · by gooblah · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Feb 2014, 3:20 | Awr Hawkins
    On December 14, 2010, Border Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by drug smugglers north of the Arizona/Mexico border. He was hit once and pronounced dead at the scene. Two rifles from Operation Fast & Furious, an ATF gun walking operation, were recovered from the crime scene.
  • CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

    01/13/2014 4:03:40 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 55 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Michael Kelley
    The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the U.S.," reports El Universal Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals. (If true, that re-raises the issue regarding what Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the gun-running arrangements.)
  • NM:More Fast and Furious Scandal Allegations

    01/08/2014 1:30:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    When this case first appeared, at the height of the first exposure of  the Fast and Furious scandal, it was highlighted as an example of smuggling to the Mexican cartels that was *not* a part of the operation.    It might or might not be significant that the BATFE agent quoted in the article is William Newell, who had a significant role in Fast and Furious, and whose testimony before congress became infamous. Now, one of the victims of the prosecution is able to tell a bit of his story.   He was never allowed bail from the time he was...
  • Yet another Fast & Furious gun turns up at a crime scene in Mexico

    01/02/2014 3:33:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Lest anyone forget that the Obama administration has yet to fully come clean on the travesty that was Operation Fast and Furious — the not-”botched” but certainly crooked gunrunning scandal in which federal officials pressed American gun dealers into selling more than 2,000 weapons to known cartel smugglers, and then allowed those criminals to funnel the weapons back across the Mexican border with no way of actively tracing them — the results of the administration’s egregiously deficient enterprise are still popping up in the aftermath of deadly violence. Back in August, CBS reported on the unwelcome discovery of three Fast...
  • Ian Garland claims he was a scapegoat for Operation Fast and Furious

    12/31/2013 7:37:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | December, 2013 | Renee Nal
    If not for Ian Garland’s appeal, he would still be sitting in prison. In what appears to be a gross injustice, Garland, who ran a gun shop near El Paso, Texas, was encouraged by ATF officials to sell weapons to “straw purchasers during the failed Operation Fast and Furious,” and then was arrested and thrown in prison for doing what he was told to do by the government.Thankfully, a federal judge released Garland earlier this month, over the objections of federal prosecutors.Ian Garland was arrested, along with the town’s mayor, Eddie Espinoza, former Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega, and former village trustee Blas “Woody” Gutierrez, and...
  • Rep. Olson Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Eric Holder

    11/13/2013 6:03:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 13, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious and other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration. Seven congressman have signed onto the resolution thus far in addition to Olson. They are Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Randy Weber (R-TX). The Articles of Impeachment has four different sections. The first calls for Holder’s official removal because of his failure to comply with congressional subpoenas relating to Operation Fast and Furious....
  • Articles of Impeachment Against Holder to be Introduced on Thursday

    11/13/2013 8:03:30 AM PST · by bkopto · 93 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    A Texas Republican plans to introduce a resolution of Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday. Rep. Pete Olson’s (R-Texas) office said this morning that “this was not a decision made lightly,” but comes with Holder’s “pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright with Congress and the American people” since being held in contempt in June 2012. That 255-67 vote on criminal contempt, which included 17 Democrats, was tied to the Fast and Furious scandal and marked the first time Congress has found an attorney general in contempt. A measure of...