Emails that were part of a 500-page DOJ document dump this past Friday indicate that Attorney General Eric Holder’s Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson was informed that BORTAC Agent Brian Terry was killed with two guns walked in Operation Fast and Furious less than 24 hours after the shooting. Further, the documentary evidence shows that Wilkinson scheduled a call with Burke the next day to get a briefing. This suggests that Wilkinson was getting the details of how Operation Fast and Furious led to Brian Terry’s death. Wilkinson would have been profoundly incompetent had he not briefed Attorney General Holder on the incident immediately thereafter.
In testimony in front of Congress on May 3, 2011, Holder insisted he’d only heard of Operation Fast and Furious “a few weeks” before he testified; a story he later change to “a few months.” But documentary evidence shows he began receiving memos about Fast and Furious in July 2010, six months before the firefight that ended Agent Terry’s life.
Now, the emails released last week strongly suggest that Holder was aware of Operation Fast and Furious within hours of Brian Terry’s death. Considering the evidence, the most logical conclusion is that Attorney General Holder lied in his testimony in front of Congress.
The report released by Cummings and his allies doesn’t offer the slightest interest in finding answers to the most basic questions about the plot:
- Who came up with the idea of allowing guns to be purchased by straw purchasers and then “walked” across the border by smugglers?
- Who authorized Operation Fast and Furious in the Department of Justice?
- Who authorized Operation Fast and Furious in the Department of Homeland Security?
- Is Operation Fast and Furious the only operation of its type, or were there similar operations in Texas, Florida, and other states, as evidence suggests?
- What, precisely, did Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Janet Napolitano know about Operation Fast and Furious, and when did they know it?
The Holder Justice Department — and in all likelihood the Obama White House — conspired to violate the Arms Export Control Act and the Kingpin Act. They are accessories in the deaths of more than 300 Mexican civilians and BORTAC agent Brian Terry.
They then attempted to execute a cover-up of the plot by blocking a Congressional investigation at every turn, which seems to beg for RICO prosecution.
Email communications between officials of this administration show that they hoped to use the violence committed by the weapons they smuggled into Mexico in order to call for stringent restrictions on the rights of American citizens.
Grassley is correct: the report does not appear able to pass any test of credibility based on the already available evidence.