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The Obama Justice Department has been stonewalling Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Darrell Issa for months over an investigation into the lethal Operation Fast and Furious even after a subpeona was issued, but Issa isn't playing softball.
"This is not a discovery process of what happened. We know what happened. We know that this Administration at the highest levels approved a process that allowed thousands of high powered weapons, basically AK-47s and M-16 look alikes, to go to the worst of the worst on both sides of the borders."
"This was an operation approved in Washington."
"We have a slew of subpeonas that we expect to be issuing for people here in Washington."
The Obama Administration is conducting a cover up and using law abiding American gun shop owners and the Second Amendment as scape goats. Read more about Operation Fast and Furious and the Obama Administration's hidden gun control agenda in the June issue of Townhall Magazine.
The first of what could be several long-awaited congressional hearings on the controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Project Gunrunner” and “Operation Fast and Furious” will be held next Monday, congressional sources confirmed today.
The hearings will be conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by California Congressman Darrell Issa, with the first session scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) in Room 2154, Rayburn Office Building. According to congressional sources, the first hearing will focus on the Justice Department’s lack of cooperation with Issa’s investigation and with the agency’s limited compliance with Issa’s subpoena for several documents. The official title for the hearing is "Obstruction of Justice: Does the Justice Department have to respond to a lawfully issued and valid Congressional Subpoena?"
Issa told Fox News over the weekend that the documents provided by Justice were so heavily redacted as to be virtually worthless. He once again accused the Justice Department and ATF of stonewalling his investigation.
Likewise, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has also complained about stonewalling in response to his probe of the Gunrunner controversy.
Last Friday, 31 Congressional Democrats sent a letter to the White House, calling on President Obama to instruct Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to cooperate with the Gunrunner investigation. This column noted that not a single Democrat in the Washington delegation signed the letter.
There may be a second hearing later in the week, but that is unconfirmed at this time. At some point, Sen. Grassley will likely be invited to testify.
Gunrunner hearings may also provide an opportunity for ATF whistleblowers to testify, under oath, about what they know.
Issa on Sunday told Fox News that approval for Project Gunrunner came from high up in the administration, though he did not specify where. He did specify that it was not a “rogue operation” run out of the ATF field office in Phoenix without any approval from higher up.
“This was not a rogue operation, this was an operation approved here in Washington.”—Congressman Darrell Issa
Gunrunner came under the microscope earlier this year when it was revealed that two guns found at the scene of a gun battle that cost the life of Customs and Border Protection agent Brian Terry near Nogales, AZ were linked to a suspect in the “Fast and Furious” part of the investigation. The guns were allegedly purchased by Jaime Avila, who was indicted in January along with 19 others in the Gunrunner case. Avila allegedly bought the guns earlier in 2010. He was arrested hours after Terry’s slaying.
The problem with Gunrunner is that the ATF allegedly allowed thousands of guns to be purchased by gunrunning suspects and delivered across the border into the hands of warring drug cartels. Recently, as this column reported – and CBS News confirmed earlier today – other Gunrunner-related firearms were recovered at the scene of a big shootout in the Mexican State of Jalisco last month. Some 70 rifles and 14 handguns were seized by the Mexican military in an operation that saw one of their helicopters forced down after being fired at from the ground.
Perhaps coincidentally, Mexican authorities have arrested Jorge Hank, the former mayor of Tijuana, on weapons charges over the weekend. According to the Miami Herald, authorities found more than 80 rifles and handguns, and thousands of rounds of ammunition, on Hank’s property.
The National Defense Secretariat said in a statement that soldiers in Tijuana, acting on a tip, raided Hank's property before dawn Saturday, finding 40 rifles, 48 handguns and more than 9,000 rounds. The army turned Hank and 10 other people, presumably employees and family members, over to state prosecutors on firearms violations, it added. Mexican law restricts citizens from having such weapons.
Democrats Urge President to End Stonewalling on Gunrunner Scandal
Monday, June 6th, 2011 at 10:23 AM
Tags: Arms TraffickingATFFast & FuriousGun TraffickingProject GunrunnerStraw PurchasesWashington DC
House Democrats Urge President to End Stonewalling on Gunrunner Scandal
National Rifle Association
FAIRFAX, Va. --(Ammoland.com)- 31 U.S. House members – all Democrats — wrote to President Barack Obama, urging him to end Administration stonewalling on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Project Gunrunner,” and the “Fast and Furious” program under which border state dealers were encouraged to sell thousands of guns to suspicious buyers.
In the letter, spearheaded by Rep. Jason Altmire, D-Pa., the lawmakers called the investigative tactics “extremely troubling” and found the Justice Department’s failure to provide information to congressional investigators “equally troubling.”
Saying that Americans deserve “prompt and complete answers,” the letter concluded with a call for the administration to help “get to the bottom of this serious allegation of federal law enforcement misconduct.”
To read the letter, click here :
http://www.nraila.org/media/PDFs/ProjectGunrunnerLettertoPOTUS3June2011.pdf — and if your representative signed it, please be sure to thank him for taking this stand for strong congressional oversight of this disastrous program.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. Four million members strong, NRA continues its mission to uphold Second Amendment rights and to advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the military. Visit: http://www.nra.org
Monday, June 6, 2011
CBS: Congress set for first 'gunwalker' hearing 13 June, just like my sources called it. A prequel to "stick it where the sun don't shine."
The first in a series of Congressional hearings into the so-called "gunwalker" scandal is set for Monday, June 13th. The title: "Obstruction of Justice: Does the Justice Department Have to Respond to a Lawfully Issued and Valid Congressional Subpoena?"
As CBS News reported on April 1, the House Oversight Committeesubpoenaed documents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). House investigators say that instead of complying with the subpoena, the Justice Department (which oversees ATF) showed them a "handful of highly redacted documents" and provided additional documents already in the public record.
"They didn't comply with terms of the subpoena," says a House oversight staffer.
On Friday, 31 House Democrats sent a letter to President Obama saying "the Department of Justice has delayed action and withheld information from Congressional inquiries." The letter urges the President to "instruct the Department of Justice to promptly provide complete answers to all Congressional inquiries on this issue."
In response to requests for information from Congress, the Department of Justice has said that it has asked the Inspector General to investigate the allegations of "gunwalking," and that it doesn't want to interfere with that probe by giving certain documents to Congress.
The moment CBS broke this story, I called around. "How does this fit into the three-phase hearing schedule?" I asked. "Think of this as a 'pre-Gunwalker' hearing," one source said. "The Chairman (Issa) wants to get the law and past practice out there for everybody to see before he takes it and sticks it where the sun don't shine."
"'Where the sun don't shine?'" I asked.
"Yeah, right up Eric Holder's ass."
Sipsey Street Exclusive: Gunwalker Scandal hearings to proceed in 3 phases."Eric Holder is toast. If he stays out of federal prison I'll be surprised"
The Gunwalker Twins. Under oath, together again. Coming soon to a House committee near you.
There's been a lot of scrambling this weekend behind the scenes at the Gunwalker Corral, especially since Congressman Issa's FOX interview. I just confirmed with a second source this morning that the hearings promised by Issa are planned to proceed in phases. This, it was explained to me, is necessitated by the continuing stonewall of the Obama administration. "They're going to go with with they've got or they'll be waiting for documents until Hell freezes over. They've figured out what the rest of us knew all along -- that the only way to break the cover-up is under oath."
As described by the sources close to the investigation, Phase I will be "the presentation of allegations and factual information, evidence, and intended direction of the continuing investigation." This will include documents already presented to Senaqtor Grassley and Congressman Issa by whistleblower ATF agents. Senator Grassley will be among the first witnesses before Issa’s panel. Family members of Project Gunwalker victims are expected to testify, as well as other witnesses with first-hand knowledge of the conspiracy whose knowledge runs from Arizona to DC.
Phase II, according to my sources, "will focus on Mexico issues with witnesses called who have first hand Mexico information."
Phase III will be when it really gets interesting, when all the big names in ATF and DOJ complicit in this scandal who have been uncovered in the previous two phases are called to explain themselves. One source characterized this as "the testimony of compromised participants to include the numerous ATF and DOJ employees with dirt, blood or both on their hands."
"After Phase III is done, the next step will be a Special Prosecutor with broad powers to get at the rest of the truth and proffer charges against some of the highest officials in the land," said another source. "Eric Holder is toast," he added. "If he stays out of federal prison, I'll be surprised."
Confirmed: Mexican military helicopter was shot down with 'gunwalked' rifle
June 6th, 2011 10:42 am CT
St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner
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Monday, June 6, 2011
CBS: "'Gunwalker' guns linked to helicopter shooting." Confirms my earlier story on multiple hearings.
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