In an unannounced late Friday night document dump last evening, the Justice Department, at the direction of the White House, released 500 pages of material on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, also known as Project Gunwalker. The documents contain information indicating that the White House is now willing to sacrifice Attorney-General Eric Holder in order to protect itself.
Until now the White House has engaged in a not so subtle effort to protect Holder, believing that if Holder is taken down, the Obama White House goes down with him. Apparently that tactic has changed.
NPR was chosen as the news outlet that would receive the documents and report on them.
The documents and email exchanges can be viewed here.
The smoking gun, the clear-cut proof, that the Justice Department was aware early on that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of the guns the Obama Administration bought with ‘straw purchasers’ who would send the firearms to Mexican drug cartels is contained in the stack of emails released to NPR:
The email messages show the former top federal prosecutor in Arizona, Dennis Burke, notifying an aide to Holder via email on Dec. 15, 2010 that agent Brian Terry had been wounded and died. “Tragic,” responds the aide, Monty Wilkinson. “I’ve alerted the AG, the acting Deputy Attorney General…”
Only a few minutes later, Wilkinson emailed again, saying, “Please provide any additional details as they become available to you.”
Burke then delivered another piece of bad news: “The guns found in the desert near the murder [sic] … officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about — they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store.”
Those emails were exchanged within 24 hours after Terry’s murder.
In sworn testimony to Congress Holder has stated that neither he nor anyone in the Justice Department were aware of the facts involving the murder of Agent Terry. Holder further denied knowledge of Fast and Furious until early in 2011 when he was called to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
According to NPR, the new information is sure to ‘stoke the fires’ among Congressional Republicans who have insisted all along that Holder knew much more about Fast and Furious, and Agent Terry’s murder, than he disclosed.
The fact that the White House must approve the release of DOJ documents to the media indicates two key developments in the cover up of the scandal: one, that protecting Holder from damaging information is no longer a top priority, and two, the Obama White House is aware that the investigation into Fast and Furious has reached a new level, threatening the very core of the Administration, including the President himself.
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