Did AG Holder know about Fast and Furious long before he claimed to have known?

Posted by: Phineas on January 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I know, I know. The idea that Attorney General Eric Holder, that paragon of the Rule of Law, might have lied to the House Oversight Committee when he claimed he had heard of Operation Fast and Furious “only a few weeks” before his testimony last May is hard to accept. Inconceivable, in fact.

Except that’s not what the latest Friday-night dump of emails seems to say:

Also among the documents are Justice Department emails involving a former top aide to Attorney General Eric Holder. The emails show that then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson was notified by then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke the day after [Border Patrol Agent Brian] Terry was slain that guns found at the murder scene were connected to an investigation that Burke and Wilkinson had planned to discuss. The emails did not identify the investigation, but it was Operation Fast and Furious.

(Emphases added)

Keep this in mind: Wilkinson was Holder’s deputy chief of staff and, while the name “Fast and Furious” wasn’t used, it’s not credible that he didn’t know that was the investigation Burke was referring to. The mention in the email indicates a reference to an earlier conversation or conversations.

What’s even more unbelievable is that Wilkinson, having received news of the death of a federal agent by criminals using weapons they obtained as part of this “investigation” wouldn’t tell his boss, the chief of staff, and that neither of them would tell their “boss of bosses.”

Attorney General Eric Holder.

So, to ask of Mr. Holder the famous question from Watergate — What did he know and when did he know it? — we now have a pretty good idea.

He likely knew everything and he knew it at the latest the day after Brian Terry was murdered.

Months before he claimed in his testimony.

So either the Attorney General of the United States either lied under oath to the committee, or his memory is so bad regarding important DoJ events that he is incompetent to serve in his office.

Regardless (and my bet is on “liar”), Eric Holder is unfit to be US Attorney General and must go.

LINKS. More at Hot Air. Earlier Gunwalker posts.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “Did AG Holder know about Fast and Furious long before he claimed to have known?”


  1. Carlos says:

    Bottom line is that Holder is AG today because a few “Republicans” thought it more important to “get along” than to do what was right and proper for the good of the country.

    He is a sleaze bag exceeded in “sleaze bagginess” only by his boss.

  2. PE says:

    A continuing tribute to Lindsey Graham’s monumental judgement.

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    There are other similarities to Watergate, like the stonewalling. What is missing is a left wing media hell-bent on going after an AG and ultimately bringing down a President. What I wouldn’t give to watch BO lifting off the WH lawn and flying off into oblivion!

  4. Bill G says:

    Drew, that’s a beautiful picture. Too bad that the Left Stream Media wants the story to go away before it gets so big that they have to cover it.

  5. Affenhauer says:

    Drew the Infidel
    January 30, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Nice, but I’d prefer to picture an orange jumpsuit and ball-and-chain (and I don’t mean Mooochelle)…

  6. Carlos says:

    Expecting Holder to ‘fess up and take responsibility for anything is unreasonable, since his role model is a president who has never taken responsibility for anything in his life. Besides, he’s a Democratic Socialist, isn’t he?

  7. Glenn Bergen says:

    I really wanted a visual of Holder defending the border with a .25 handgun. but, I digress, I was caught up in a moment of mental masturbation…. Never mind!

  8. Neo says:

    Beyond that, if it [Fast and Furious] had been a true covert action, the attorney general would have had to give his opinion as to its lawfulness beforehand; the implementing agency would have been required to exhaustively articulate risk; the National Security Council would have had to judge it favorably; President Barack Obama would have had to authorize it; and the Congress would have had to have been briefed before its implementation.

    And all concerned would have had the opportunity to reject a bad idea, whatever its rationale.

    These routine safeguards not only protect agencies, their leaders and their officers from legal and political jeopardy, they also protect the government from serious missteps.

  9. Brontefan says:

    It is Holder’s job to know what’s going on in his division… and if he didn’t know, he should have known. He is either a liar, an incompetent, or both.