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September 20, 2012

Fast and Furious investigation: Holder in the clear, but other officials implicated

  • 14 officials involved with the botched “Fast and Furious” sting operation acted “without adequate regard for the risk it posed to public safety,” according to the results of an internal investigation.
  • no Eric Holder wasn’t one of them. The report cleared him of responsibility, concluding that he had no knowledge of the operation’s problems prior to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, which brought the operation under public scrutiny. 
  • two department officials resigned less than an hour after the report was released earlier today: Kenneth Melson, former acting head of the ATF, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. Both were amongst the 14 named in the report. source

The investigation was launched by the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, which recommended that the Justice Department consider disciplining the 14 agents named. Holder said today that the report would be reviewed with “consideration of potential personnel actions.” 

0:36 // 1 year ago
June 27, 2012
Contempt vote to come tomorrow against Holder
What’s more notable? The fact that the House of House of Representatives will initiate contempt proceedings against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious documents? Or the fact that a news outlet finally provided the correct pronunciation of John Boehner’s name? You be the judge. (Photo credit: AP). source
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What’s more notable? The fact that the House of House of Representatives will initiate contempt proceedings against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious documents? Or the fact that a news outlet finally provided the correct pronunciation of John Boehner’s name? You be the judge. (Photo credit: AP)source

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17:48 // 1 year ago
June 24, 2012
11:07 // 1 year ago
June 23, 2012
13:13 // 1 year ago
» SFB says: To suggest that Fast and Furious — specifically in regards to the executive privilege portion of the case, not the part involving the guns — is a bigger deal than the Sandusky case is a major downplaying of the seriousness of the Sandusky case. Also, liveblogging is a different beast than individual posts — we did a pretty decently detailed post on the Eric Holder saga on Thursday. So, we disagree. Also, we don’t have anonymous messaging turned on, so no clue how you managed to send us this. — Ernie @ SFB

» SFB says: To suggest that Fast and Furious — specifically in regards to the executive privilege portion of the case, not the part involving the guns — is a bigger deal than the Sandusky case is a major downplaying of the seriousness of the Sandusky case. Also, liveblogging is a different beast than individual posts — we did a pretty decently detailed post on the Eric Holder saga on Thursday. So, we disagree. Also, we don’t have anonymous messaging turned on, so no clue how you managed to send us this. — Ernie @ SFB

10:47 // 1 year ago
June 20, 2012
Why today really, really sucks for Attorney General Eric Holder
Eric Holder facing contempt resolution: With the ongoing “Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking saga reaching a head in Congress, Holder will likely face a contempt resolution from the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — the one led by Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the harshest "Fast and Furious" critics. Holder knows what’s coming — he sent a letter to Obama asking the president to claim executive privilege on the documents in the case, which the president granted (though the committee hasn’t received). Problem is, the committee is still moving forward — in particular, Issa won’t back down. Sweat, meet brow. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly) source
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Eric Holder facing contempt resolution: With the ongoing “Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking saga reaching a head in Congress, Holder will likely face a contempt resolution from the the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform — the one led by Rep. Darrell Issa, one of the harshest "Fast and Furious" critics. Holder knows what’s coming — he sent a letter to Obama asking the president to claim executive privilege on the documents in the case, which the president granted (though the committee hasn’t received). Problem is, the committee is still moving forward — in particular, Issa won’t back down. Sweat, meet brow. (photo by Ryan J. Reilly) source

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10:37 // 1 year ago
May 3, 2012
12:13 // 1 year ago
December 15, 2011
Rick Perry was challenged by Megyn Kelly over his call to Eric Holder to resign or be fired over the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation. Kelly said there was no direct evidence Holder knew about the program, and that he claims he’d halted it when he learned of it. Perry’s responded that if, as President, he found his attorney general didn’t know of such a program, that would be reason enough to fire him.

Rick Perry was challenged by Megyn Kelly over his call to Eric Holder to resign or be fired over the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation. Kelly said there was no direct evidence Holder knew about the program, and that he claims he’d halted it when he learned of it. Perry’s responded that if, as President, he found his attorney general didn’t know of such a program, that would be reason enough to fire him.

22:39 // 2 years ago
October 9, 2011
Clearly, he knew when he said he didn’t know. Now the question is what did he know and how is he going to explain why he gave that answer.
Rep. Darrell Issa • Asking on “Fox News Sunday” why Attorney General Eric Holder gave Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman, a seemingly false answer on his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, a failed gun-tracking program. The program has since been tied to numerous murders in the U.S. and Mexico — and the results of which are still showing up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Issa wants answers. ”People at the top of (the) Justice (Department) were well briefed, knew about it and seemed to be the command and control and funding for this program,” he claimed. Holder told him during a May Judiciary Committee hearing that he had only known about the program for a few weeks — an answer which doesn’t please Issa, and may lead to him issuing subpoenas to the Justice Department later this week. source (viafollow)
21:15 // 2 years ago