The Department of Justice released hundreds of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious late Friday afternoon, including a series of emails that strongly suggests that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself in congressional testimony.
The crucial email exchange began at 2:31 a.m. on December 15, 2010, with a message from an unidentified DOJ source to “OIOC SIT” and “SITROOM”:
On December 14, 2010, BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol Operations 18 miles north of the International boundary when he encountered [redacted] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be airlifted to an emergency medical center. [Redacted].
Updates to follow.
At 3:31 a.m., an email was issued from someone in “HQ” to U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke:
Our agent has passed away.
At 9:09 a.m., Burke gave a one word reply: “Horrible.” At 9:41 a.m., Burke issued an email to Holder’s Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson: “Not good.” The shooting had occurred “18 miles w/in” the U.S. border. At 10:04 a.m., Wilkinson responded to Burke:
I’ve alerted the AG, the acting DAG, Lisa, etc.
Late that afternoon, Burke received an email saying two guns recovered at the scene were tied to an “on-going Phoenix ATF inv[estigation]” and informing him he would be getting a call from ATF’s Bill Newell. Burke forwarded the information that the guns recovered at the scene of Agent Terry’s death were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store as part of “the investigation we were going to talk about.”
Wilkinson, Holder’s deputy chief of staff, informs Burke that he would “call tomorrow,”December 16, to discuss the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent apparently murdered with the very guns the Department of Justice “walked” to Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel.
The email exchange strongly suggests that Wilkinson was briefed on Operation Fast and Furious, and how the weapons supplied by our government ended up in the hands of the FBI informant-led rip crew that engaged the BORTAC team in Peck Canyon, killing Brian Terry.
It is reasonable to assume that December 16 or 17, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed by his deputy chief of staff that Terry was killed with a walked gun from Operation Fast and Furious. Considering the potential damage the brewing scandal could cause, Wilkinson would have been grossly negligent if he did not make informing the attorney general a priority.
Holder testifies in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee later this week.