Considering we have email evidence supporting one version of events and self-serving anonymous sources telling us about the other, it is rational to suspect that Yost should have been diligent about acquiring evidence to support the source’s claims.
As for the congressional investigators, they are more than willing to look at any evidence that the Obama administration will turn over regarding Operation Wide Receiver, but the Justice Department has so far refused to turn over documentation relating to that case, even though the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed them long ago.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper asked House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa about Wide Receiver last night:
Anderson Cooper: I’d always thought this was the first time this kind of a program had been tried. There are new revelations tonight coming out that the Bush administration had a similar weapons program, something called Operation “Wide Receiver.” Do you know about that? Do you think officials from that administration should be looked at, as well?
Rep. Darrell Issa: Well, Anderson, we’d know a lot more about it except that’s among the documents we’re still waiting to get. What we do know about “Wide Receiver” somewhat is very small amount of weapons, much more intensive following, but, in fact, we will get to the bottom of whether or not this practice in a smaller way may have begun on the Bush watch. We’re not putting it past any administration and giving anyone a pass. The American people and the people of Mexico expect us to have a zero tolerance for letting drugs come into our country or weapons go into Mexico.
Writing at Townhall, Katie Pavlich notes that Yost’s article is at this point quite suspect in claiming that the Bush-era DOJ used “the same tactic” of walking guns.
The current Department of Justice, including officials that have apparently lied under oath and have had to amend their testimony, are simply not credible without concrete evidence supporting their contentions, as they have sought to hide all evidence from Fast and Furious, Wide Receiver, and other gun-walking operations run under this administration.
It is past time for this administration to come clean.
Mr. President, tell your staff to stop attacking journalists seeking the truth. Tell your political appointees to stop obstructing justice. Appoint the special counsel the House Judiciary Committee has requested.
If you won’t, it is time for you to resign, as you are no longer abiding by your oath of office.