Gunwalker: Holder’s resignation is almost inevitable

Posted by: Phineas on July 6, 2011 at 9:44 pm

**Posted by Phineas

And the only way that doesn’t happen is if he is fool-enough to stay in office, Obama is fool-enough not to fire him, and Congress has no choice but to remove him from office.

Consider: On the 4th of July, a national holiday, acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives gave testimony to House and Senate investigators on Operation “Fast and Furious,” aka “Gunwalker.”

Without telling his bosses.

And bringing his own lawyer, not the Bureau’s and not the Department of Justice’s.

To quote Allahpundit — Dude!

This morning, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley released a copy of a letter (PDF) they sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on July 5 about Melson’s testimony. Melson’s revelations raise even more serious issues not only about the operation itself, but about apparent attempts by the Justice Department to mislead Congress on the details of the operation.

Contrary to the Justice Department’s denials, according to Melson, ATF agents specifically witnessed transfers of weapons from straw purchasers to third parties without taking any further action. Melson claimed that it was not until the public disclosure of the operation that he personally reviewed the “hundreds of documents” related to the case. He said he became “sick to his stomach” when he learned the full story. Even more shocking is that some of the “gun trafficking ‘higher-ups’ that the ATF sought to identify were already known to other agencies and may even have been paid as informants” by agencies such as the FBI and the DEA.

Melson provided detailed information and documents to the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Justice Department. But that information was not given to Congress by then-Acting Deputy Attorney General James Cole. In fact, “Melson was not allowed to communicate to Congress” and “Justice Department officials directed [ATF’s senior leadership] not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress.” According to the letter Issa and Grassley sent to Holder, it was “two days after [Melson] told [Cole] about serious issues involving lack of information sharing” that the Wall Street Journal suddenly reported that Melson was about to be ousted by the Obama administration.

Emphasis added. The Deputy Attorney General is the Attorney General’s chief assistant — the department’s number two. Here is how his authority is described by the DoJ:

The Deputy Attorney General advises and assists the Attorney General in formulating and implementing Departmental policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all organizational units of the Department. The Deputy Attorney General is authorized to exercise all the power and authority of the Attorney General, except where such power or authority is prohibited by law from delegation or has been delegated to another official. In the absence of the Attorney General, the Deputy Attorney General acts as the Attorney General.

Think about this: Melson, head of the BATF, gave Cole, Holder’s chief deputy, “detailed information and documents,” after Melson had seen enough to make him sick. And instead of letting himself be set up as the fall-guy, he got his own lawyer –a former US Attorney– rather than let government lawyers “represent” him. Gee, I wonder why he’d feel that need?

But wait, there’s more!

In a related article, Bob Owens quotes an email from the Phoenix BATF office referencing an inter-agency meeting that shows how widespread knowledge of Gunwalker was:

The October 27, 2009 email from ATF Phoenix Field Division Special Agent in Charge (SAC) William Newell regarded a Southwest Border Strategy Group meeting that focused on Fast and Furious. It contained a laundry list of high ranking Justice Department officials that attended the meeting, including:

  • Assistant Attorney General (Criminal Division) Lanny Breuer,
  • Kenneth Melson, Acting Director, ATF
  • William Hoover, Acting Deputy Director, ATF
  • Michele Leonhart, Administrator, DEA
  • Robert Mueller, Director FBI

Four other Justice Department directors or their representatives came from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), Bureau of Prisons (BOP), U.S. Marshals Service (USMS), and the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). The chair of the Attorney Generals Advisory Committee (AGAC) also attended the session. Their names were redacted in the released document. U.S. attorneys for all four southwest border states also attended.

With all this legal and bureaucratic firepower in one room being briefed on Gunwalker, there is absolutely no way Attorney General Eric Holder did not know what was going on, which may make the DoJ’s actions in response to requests for information from Issa’s committee Obstruction, a felony. And interference with Melson’s testimony may also be Tampering, under Title 18, Section 1512 of the US Code. (See subsections (b) and (c).)

This is why I say Eric Holder is a “Dead Bureaucrat Walking.” There is too much to indicate he is either monumentally detached from his supervisory responsibilities and thus incompetent, or (more likely) knew all along about an operation that let thousands of firearms be sold to straw buyers who were acting as cutouts for the Mexican drug cartels, in order to trace a putative “gunrunning network.” An operation that has cost at least 150 Mexican lives (1) and the lives of two US federal officers.

And thus my strong guess is that he will resign to protect President Obama, rather than be impeached and to try to head off an independent prosecutor, because I find it very hard to believe the President didn’t know, either.

LINKS: More from Moe Lane and Power Line. “El Mamito” says the Zetas buy all their weapons in the US. Given what we’re learning about Gunwalker, perhaps that should be “from the US.”

(1) It’s no wonder the Mexicans are talking about extradition; I’d be screaming mad, too.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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28 Responses to “Gunwalker: Holder’s resignation is almost inevitable”


  1. Robert Hersey says:

    There is absolutely no possible way The Bamster didn’t know about it , he’s been lying to us since 1/20/09 .

  2. TexasDoc says:

    Let’s hope his resignation or impeachment is followed by swift conviction and a one-way ticket into jail.

  3. Kimberly says:

    Impeachment and then Imprisonment for MURDER.

  4. arcman46 says:

    “There is absolutely no possible way The Bamster didn’t know about it , he’s been lying to us since 1/20/09”.

    Heck the Obamessiah probably ordered it.

  5. Lgbpop says:

    You people are cruel. You’d subject Eric Holder and Barack Obama to the cruel, racist unfairness of the American justice system? Everybody knows blacks can’t buy a break amonst all those old white guys in those old black robes. Nay, I say, social justice demands international law.

    Let them be tried in the Mexican courts!

  6. serfer62 says:

    The DC GOP doesn’t have the balls to do anything…the issue will fade.

  7. Carlos says:

    The complicit LSM will keep this under wraps as long as possible, hopefully (for them) until after next year’s election. That way Obhammud will have a better chance of winning re-election.

    If that is the case, all the hollering by conservatives will be for naught because Eric the Jerk is only a pawn in a complex scheme that will be easily replaced by another racist who flips off the citizens of this country just as Holder does, and Obhammud will continue on his merry way destroying any vestige of the former Republic, now simply a satellite in an oppressive world organization designed to bring the elitist vision of Utopia to their own particular group.

    Sometime, in the far, distant future, scholars may look at the fall of our Noble Experiment and wonder, “What the heck were they thinking?”

    And can anyone give a reasonable explanation for Duh-1 having plausible deniability? I didn’t think so.

  8. proof says:

    “Holder’s resignation is almost inevitable”

    From your keyboard to God’s email!

  9. democratsarefascists says:

    Wishful thinking, I fear. Too much arrogance for him to go peacefully. And who will call on him to resign? He’ll simply play the race card.

  10. Drew the Infidel says:

    Never play leap-frog with a unicorn.

  11. SDN says:

    Actually, serfer62, as long as 34 Copperheads / RINOS are in the Senate to refuse to confirm impeachment, there’s nothing conservatives can do.

  12. PE says:

    I knew that Eric Holder was slime back when he was up for nomination. His background of complicity in outrageous Clinton’s last hour pardons made that obvious. Nevertheless, Lindsey Graham (SC)approved his nomination and today Holder serves as a tribute to that Senator’s lack of principles.

    As for impeachment: good luck. Based on the track record of the Dem cabal, aint no atrocity so great that they can’t ignore it until it is overshadowed by the next one.

  13. tommy mc donnell says:

    every democratic member of congress approved holder’s nomination and would do so again today.

  14. Iva Biggin says:

    This turd will stay afloat just like Clinton did. Evil supports Evil and there is plenty of that in Washington.

  15. Patriot Soccer Dad says:

    ultimate motivation was to have MSM scream for more gun control laws as US made guns and gun dealers were ‘proven’ to be part of the drug trade. Of course the dopes are spinning red herrings fast and furious now that they got busted. They want to conceal the real truth of the treason.

  16. your mama says:

    Who will hold Holder accountable for his own obstruction of justice and his involvement in the cover up? And do not forget the death of an agent because of his failed operation.

  17. Patriot Soccer Dad says:

    just saw a report on Gateway Pundit on similar gunrunning took place in Florida to Honduras with ATF okay.

  18. bob jones says:

    Everyone involved in this deadly false flag attack on the second amendment need to be removed from their position, arrested and charged with murder, plain and simple. That starts with Obama and Holder and goes right down the line to anyone who had knowledge of this and aided it in any way.

  19. franke says:

    “The DC GOP doesn’t have the balls to do anything…the issue will fade.”

    Fade? With the MSM doing the reporting the average American will never even hear about this. They’re all just waiting for the next Republican to take his shirt off on Craig’s List or Michelle Bachmann’s foster child #11 to give the salacious details of how she made the family say Grace every night before dinner.

  20. Carlos says:

    “every democratic member of congress approved holder’s nomination and would do so again today.”

    Actually, tommy, many Repubs approved his nomination, too, and would do so again today. This isn’t a Democrap problem, it’s a jackass problem lead by Democraps and with the complicit aid of a significant number of establishment RINOs.

    And the only solution will be to make sure Congress and the WH are filled with people who will put the needs of the country first, not ideology or re-election pressures.

  21. Sefton says:

    If I were a betting man, I’d say another name is hoping not to be divulged in this scam – Hillary.
    As much as she was towing the same line of “U.S. guns are flowing into Mexico to arm the cartels”, I’d toss her manipulating progressive carcass on the heap as well.
    But I’d be just as pleased to see Holder go down along with a link to the Agitator In Chief.
    After that, it may just take one of his banana republic type election thefts to get that second term.

  22. captaingrumpy says:

    The DOJ,ATF, CIA, FBI,US Marshalls, law enforcement, whoever,…….all must be democrats or others, that hate the country,flag,constitution,and they must all be corrupt to sit idly by and watch this happen. Where are the good Americans in all this ?????Does it mean that they shut up to keep their job .I cannot believe that so many must have known about it.The cartels probably had Obama’s phone number.

  23. nina says:

    Very convenient way to eliminate our 2nd amendment rights.

  24. Chris in NC says:

    The DC GOP doesn’t have the balls to do anything…the issue will fade

    Exactly. Even if they did have the balls to do it, Obama would just executive order override the thing and some activist court would uphold it…

  25. Carlos says:

    We, the people, need to executive order Obhammud back to the ‘hood in 2012.

    That is, unless he has declared martial law by then and the “election” ballot, if any, has only his name on it.

    All in the name of doing what’s best fo’ us po’, stupid little chillun, of course.

    Socialists fear right-to-bear more than any other single right because it preserves our right to shoot back. Like any bully, a liberal fears people who stand up to them, and Duh-1 is the epitome of a liberal bully.

  26. swampsniper says:

    Although we may not be able to prove it the whole operation has Obama’s scent all over it!