U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been held in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. As if well-schooled in the Obama school of denial and falsehoods, Holder says he fully cooperated and that Congress is just out for political purposes. Yet the only cooperation Holder was willing to give them was condition that Congress was stop the contempt proceedings and the investigation.
Now Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) claims to have additional proof that the Department of Justice knew about the gun-walking operation, lied about and worked to cover it up.
According to Sen. Grassley, A.T.F. special agent Gary Styers wrote a memorandum concerning a gun walking operation and the visit he had from a pair of investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee the day before. Also according to Grassley, the memorandum was discussed by high ranking A.T.F. and believes it was forwarded to Department of Justice headquarters in Washington D.C.
The date of the memorandum, Feb. 3, 2011, is critical as U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ron Welch sent Sen. Grassley a letter, denying that any gun walking took place in any government operation including Fast and Furious. Welch’s letter to Grassley was dated Feb. 4, 2011. The D.O.J. continued to deny everything for the next nine months until they finally admitted the letter was a lie.
Referring to the Styers’ memorandum, Grassley wrote Holder requesting the names of any and all D.O.J. personnel who knew about the memo prior to Welch’s Feb. 4 letter and all records that pertain to it. He also told Holder that his investigators had talked with Styers about Fast and Furious and what he told them matched what they had learned from others.
In that letter, Grassley wrote:
“The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum [the Styers memo] on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress on February 4, 2011, raises more questions about DOJ’s claim that faulty information from department components inadvertently led to the false letter.”
“This was direct, documented information from street level agents in a far better position to know the facts than the senior supervisory personnel whom DOJ claims to have relied upon for information about the allegations.”
If I were Grassley, I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for Holder to comply with his request. America’s top cop, who is supposed to be the ultimate example of upholding and complying to the law, has proven time and again that he has nothing but contempt for the law. Holder is willing to ignore and break any law he chooses and as the top cop, it seems no one is willing to step up and hold him accountable. If the congressional investigations being led by Sen. Grassley in the Senate and Rep. Darrell Issa in House prove that Holder has lied and helped to cover up Fast and Furious, he needs to be arrested on criminal charges and have his butt thrown in jail.