You probably almost forgot about Fast and Furious until it made news that El Chapo had a rifle in his possession linked to the scandal.
To give you just a brief refresher, the Fast and Furious scandal involved the department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) selling over 2,000 guns to Mexican cartels with the intent of tracking their movement in hopes that this would help law enforcement infiltrate the cartels.
That of course did not happen – and over 200 Mexicans were killed by firearms sold from Fast and Furious, as was a U.S. border patrol agent.
Eric Holder’s defense was that he didn’t know about the initiative. Well, that defense may not hold up for much longer.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told Breitbart News Wednesday that documents the Obama administration may be forced to produce regarding Operation Fast and Furious could implicate former Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff.On Tuesday, a federal judge invalidated President Barack Obama’s use of “executive privilege” to prevent the documents from being provided to a congressional investigation, saying that some of the material had already been cited by the administration in public. The judge will hear more arguments before ordering the documents released.
Issa told Breitbart News that his continuing investigation into Fast and Furious could uncover possible criminality by former Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff, thereby providing a new incoming administration with the facts they would need to bring charges.Issa said:
The next administration could well choose to deal with people’s crimes, particularly the conspiracy to cover this up, to falsely mislead the American people. There were a number of areas in which criminal activity could alleged, and as it stands right now the biggest question is that Eric Holder swore he didn’t know about this a number of times. And some of that has been proved wrong.
If we’re able to see that his hand-picked US Attorney Dennis Burke was involved in communicating to people in the justice department that would indicate a number of people testified falsely.
Holder can at least find some comfort in the fact that things haven’t gotten bad enough where he’s under investigation by the FBI, unlike someone else we know.
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]