‘Gunwalker’ Scandal and the Case for Impeaching Holder

This March, Sarah Brady, of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, said that Obama told her in a private meeting how gun control was “very much on his agenda”:

"I just want you to know that we are working on it," Brady recalled the president telling them. "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

The Obama administration may still benefit from Gunwalker. While current ATF chief Kenneth Melson is expected to resign, his replacement is likely worse. Obama originally nominated Andrew Traver to head ATF. Traver has a history of supporting the worst forms of gun control, and will likely replace Melson.

The NRA strongly opposes President Obama’s nomination of Andrew Traver as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE).  Traver has been deeply aligned with gun control advocates and anti-gun activities….

Traver served as an advisor to the International Association for Chiefs of Police’s (IACP) “Gun Violence Reduction Project,” a “partnership” with the Joyce Foundation.

Between 2006 and 2009, the Joyce Foundation gave the IACP $1.2M to organize the Great Lakes Summit on Gun Violence, and to implement their conclusions, which included anti-rights goals like renewing the Clinton gun ban (reduced capacity magazines and banning many long guns) and forcing civilians to store firearms in “safe” facilities. That’s what Traver represents.

Joyce represents a dozen well-heeled directors with a direct connection to Obama, a former Joyce director.

Then there’s the rhetoric that 90% of Mexican cartel firearms came from American retailers (recently changed to 70%). Stratfor details how firearms selection was manipulated by Mexican authorities to ensure that the guns most likely of American origin were submitted for tracing.

Nor does the alleged 70% explain how the guns got to Mexico, since our government provided many to Mexican military and police, in addition to those provided by Gunwalker.

But the administration continues to promote the 90% myth, so what better way to “prove” it than by sending guns south?

Violating the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989

Federal employees who make disclosures…serve the public interest by assisting in the elimination of fraud, waste, abuse, and unnecessary Government expenditures….

The purpose of this Act is to strengthen and improve protection for the rights of Federal employees, to prevent reprisals, and to help eliminate wrongdoing within the Government…

ATF Agent Dodson testified that he was removed from the ATF Phoenix Group VII because he complained about allowing straw buyers to transport guns into Mexico.

One day after Congressman Issa warned ATF not to retaliate, they fired Special Agent Vince Cefalu, 30-year veteran and long-time ATF critic.

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel handles whistleblowers. They consider reprisals “a prohibited personnel practice” citing relevant federal laws, highlighting another violation by the DOJ.

DOJ cover-up

Again, giving Holder the benefit of the doubt: “A person who is unaware of the crime before it takes place, but who helps in the aftermath of the crime, is referred to as an ‘accessory after the fact.’” However, elements of criminal intent have appeared.

The White House claims it’s “committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in government.” Yet when Congressman Darrell Issa subpoenaed DOJ for Gunwalker documents, he received pages so redacted their bodies are solid black.

From the congressional report:

The Department of Justice has repeatedly and steadfastly denied that any guns were walked under Operation Fast and Furious. According to the narrowest possible interpretation, a gun is walked only when an ATF agent physically places an AK-47 into the hands of a straw purchaser and then lets that straw purchaser walk out of sight.

This rationalizing hearkens back to Clinton’s “the meaning of is” grand jury testimony.

The Constitution empowers Congress to impeach federal officials. From Article 2, Section 4:

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.

Three attorneys general have been impeached; two resigned as a result.

There appears to be enough evidence to impeach Holder for incompetence, violation of federal law, and accessory to murder.