Eric Holder and Operation Stonewall

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That defense was first raised in a February 4, 2011 letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Republican Senator Charles Grassley, Chair of the Senate Judiciary and a partner in the House investigation.

In that letter, Weich categorically denied that the DOJ used the gun-walking strategy, although that claim was later refuted in November 2011 by Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads the DOJ’s Criminal Division. Breuer told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Weich’s statement in that letter was in fact untrue and that Weich knew it was false long before the letter was written.

While the Justice Department officially retracted the letter in December 2011, Holder has not only refused to comply with a congressional subpoena for information about who prepared the February 4 letter and who reviewed it before it went out, but he has refused to turn over any documents created after the February 4 letter.

In fact, Holder has refused to turn over 80,000 subpoenaed documents to Congress, despite a threat from Republican House Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to seek a contempt of Congress ruling against Holder if he doesn’t comply.

That threat has so far failed to sway Holder who has consistently cited executive privilege as the basis for his refusal to turn over the documents to Congress, a stance Republican Representative Dan Burton called “baloney.”

In addition to holding back documents from congressional investigators, Holder has also prevented key Justice Department officials from testifying. When the Arizona US Attorney’s Office’s Criminal Division chief, Patrick Cunningham, was set to plead the Fifth to avoid admitting he committed a crime during Fast and Furious or the subsequent cover-up, Issa demanded Holder allow Cunningham’s subordinates, assistant United States attorneys Michael Morrissey and Emory Hurley, to testify before for the House committee.

In a letter sent to holder, Issa said both Morrissey and Hurley have “possession of key factual knowledge about Fast and Furious not readily available from any other source.” However, Holder has refused to make them available to speak with the committee, citing a policy of not making “line attorneys” available for congressional inquiry.

It should be noted that while Holder may be dragging his feet in determining any culpability from his DOJ staff in approving an illegal operation that killed a Border Patrol agent and scores of Mexican citizens, he did promise the House committee that he would not rest in holding people within the Justice Department accountable for divulging operational details of Fast and Furious.

Specifically, when Holder was confronted by Issa with the fact that wiretap applications involved in Fast and Furious showed that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and other high-ranking officials in the DOJ and ATF had knowledge of the gun walking techniques employed, Holder responded that he’s prepared to hold people in his organization “accountable right now for whistle blowing on the wiretap applications.”

Yet despite Holder’s zeal to pursue whistleblowers within the DOJ, Republican Representative Trey Gowdy could only conclude that “absolutely nothing has happened to a single solitary person as a result of this other than one dead Border Patrol agent and lots of Mexican citizens. Beyond that, I can’t find a single consequence that has befallen anybody who knew about this.”

If Eric Holder has anything to do about that, given his actions to date, none ever will.

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  • Ken

    Eric Holder is farce!! He has NO business being the chief law enforcement officer of this country!!

  • Steve Chavez

    Holder is using the "Schultz Plan." Remember Sergeant Schultz from Hogan's Heroes? "I SEE NOTHING! I HEAR NOTHING! I KNOW NOTHING!

    His hearings are a farce since the Democrats are dismissing any investigation that would exonerate their man. Instead they go into partisan tirades and complain of witch hunts.

    Holder too is playing the race card by saying all this is happening because he's Black. THAT'S A NEW LOW ESPECIALLY FOR A TOP OFFICIAL!

    From the beginning of Holders appointment, he has bypasses investigations against Democrats with the first major one on my former Governor, Bill Richardson of New Mexico. There were major PAY TO PLAY allegations against him and Holder, AND OBAMA, did not investigate IF BILL DROPPED OUT ON HIS RUNNING FOR A CABINET SEAT. RICHARDSON though has several other current investigations including a NM Judge who had to give "envelopes" to a Richardson middle man in order to be appointed. The Judge told another prospective Judge that she had to do the same but she told but the prosecution of this case is starting off bad since the Judge to hear the case is a Richardson appointee too! BUT ANOTHER IS BREWING THAT COULD BRING HIM DOWN. HE PAID OFF a female who claimed sexual harassment and from an Mexican bank account. He had a fund raiser which he also used the funds to pay her the $250,000 and ALSO GOT HER A STATE JOB. She was fired from the job and so she went crying to Bill who didn't help her so she OPENED UP TOO. There is a Grand Jury looking into yet another. EVERY WEEK, THERE IS ANOTHER RICHARDSON CONNECTION TO A CRIME! WHEN WILL THIS MAN GO DOWN? I PREDICT SOON!

  • PhillipGaley

    The entire thing, . . . It's awfully sad, . . .

  • Brujo Blanco

    Holder has to be the worst Attorney General this country has ever had. He is a racist and has an in your face attitude regarding his racism. This he demonstrated with the voter intimidation incident in Philadelhia. He did not charge the offenders because they were black and he was not going to do that to his people.

  • Brujo Blanco

    Bottom line is that Holder knew or should have known what was going on. This should start the first step. The presiden t should fire him. Everyone that has lied should be fired and criminal charges filed.

  • mrbean

    Holder is a unethical lawyer who should have been disbarred for facilitating Clinton's pardons for monies. His handling of the Black Panthers documented breaking of the law at a voting site, his stonewalling if not outright perjury to Congress on the Mexican gun sales calls for his immediate resignation. But if you fire a negro. no matter how corrupt and incomeptent., "Den dey dun gots tah play dah race card. yassah!"

  • pagegl

    Given that everything in the administration is ultimately Obama's responsibility I wonder how fast Holder would move if the House started impeachment proceedings for violating various laws. It is probably a stretch for Fast and Furious, but that isn't the only dubious at best and blatantly illegal at worst action this administratuion has pulled.

  • UCSPanther

    Eric Holder is sleaze with a capital "S".

    History will remember him as such.

    If "Fast and Furious" was a false flag to introduce gun control, it certainly was an epic fail at one.

  • rdf1967

    The plan was in the works long before Sep 09 – Burke was nominated in July 09 to be United States Atty – as soon as he was confirmed, guns started being bought, ATF was ordered to watch, and the guns walked to Mexico. During stimulus funding, $10,000,000 was dedicated to this DOJ op. They added agents in Mexico TO TRACK GUNS FOUND AT CRIME SCENES. Before the buyers approached the gun dealers, ATF told gun dealers to stock up – there were going to be heavy buys. The dealers got nervous and TAPED their conversations with DOJ representatives (wouldn't take word of ATF it was okay). Phoenix didn't start this – they implemented program planned in DC. Burke, an anti-gun zealot, was hand-picked to run it and they forced him to resign as if that would remove all the blame from DC and the DOJ. Need to start giving immunity and get this thing over with. I've been following it since July and cannot believe no one – not one person – has been held responsible yet.


    N.R.A. SAYS "Eric Holder,Barack Obama,Hilary Clinton, DOJ, BATF,AND home land security where useing the operation "Fast and Furious" make a few bucks and attack the 2nd Amendment" . Border patrol agent Terry's family should sue each one of these so_called cival servants of the court .In a cival lawsuet. If he were my son, serving his country I would not rest until justice to the max would be brought to all of above!! They are not any_more than a common criminal. I HATE THIS, IS WHAT OUR COUNTRY HAS COME TO!!!

  • dirtbag

    "Holder has not only refused to comply with a congressional subpoena " Looks like Obama had made the executive branch more powerful than the legislative and the judicial branches combined. The Dems should voice their opposition such condition too, if not, the Rep. will use it against them when they are in the office.

  • george a. way jr.

    you may not post my comment but it does not change the fact that i am right !!!! may "GOD" have mercy on this cesspool of a world !!! as "HE" exacts "HIS" righteous judgment on this "cesspool " !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ordman

    That’s cut the c r a p shall we? The Attorney General of the State of Arizona Mr. Horne should at the very least charge the Attorney General of the United States Mr. Holder with negligent h o m i c i d e relating in the d e a t h of Agent Terry. Also if the Mexican government can show that any w e a p o n s related to F&F were used to k i l l or injure any person who is a Mexican national and if the Mexican government asks for Mr. Holder then we extradite him after his trials here in the U.S. are complete. If convicted in Mexico of any crimes related to F&F well he can serve his prison time in Mexico first. This will show the Mexican government how much that we in the U.S.A. respect them and also have the added benefit of saving the tax payers here in the U.S. the money that we would have to spend to keep him in prison here. Then if he survives his time in a Mexican prison then he can start serving his time here if he was convicted here in the U.S.A.

  • dmh

    God bless America! The devil has taken over! Everyone get down on their knees and pray for deliverance! I just noticed that over 500,000 people in this country have committed to vote for the present administration. With that many people in their pockets that can't think beyond today, we had better be wondering who is being brain washed by whom. Why? Just why would that many people be approving of this catastrophy in this country? Are all of these people approving of what Holder and the rest of these lawless people are doing? Why? They must be wearing rose colored glasses or else are being paid off in some way! We have laws! Yet those making them are breaking them! Why?