Last Friday, Representatives Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent President Obama a letter inquiring about some inconsistencies between his statements about the “gunwalking” in Operation Fast and Furious, and those of Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder, readers may remember, stated in sworn testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on May 3 that he had first heard about Operation Fast and Furious within “the last few weeks.” Obama, on the other hand, had told CNN Español that not only had he not been aware of Fast and Furious, and the “gunwalking” allegations surrounding that operation, but that he knew that Holder had been similarly uninvolved. This was about a month and a half before Holder’s “last few weeks” statement.
The Daily Caller yesterday quoted a key question in Gowdy’s and Chaffetz’s letter (full letter here):
“To that end,” their letter continued, “if you knew the Attorney General did not authorize ‘Fast and Furious,’ how did you learn that and when did you learn that?
Probing further about Obama’s knowledge of who actually did approve Fast and Furious, Gowdy and Chaffetz continued: “If you knew Attorney General Holder did not authorize it, inherent in that response is knowledge of who did authorize it. That information would be most helpful to the committee as we seek answers to this tragically ill-conceived and tragically ill-executed investigation.”
In other words, how did Obama find out, and with such certainty, on or before March 22 (the date of his CNN Español interview) whether or not Holder had authorized the operation? Did he ask him? If so, how would one explain Holder’s professed ignorance of Fast and Furious, or at least its “gunwalking” methodology, for weeks after that question?
In the meantime, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman reports that some Democrats are launching partisan attacks on the congressional investigation, accusing it of engaging in . . . partisan attacks:
But Californian [Democrat Rep. Adam] Schiff has donned partisan gloves, issuing a press statement that questions not the operation so much as it does the motivation behind the investigation. He characterizes inquiries about what Holder knew and when, and the discrepancies in his earlier testimony about Fast and Furious, as “attacks.” He also falls back on the blame game, pointing a finger at the Bush Administration for allegedly having done the same kind of operation.
Judging by the content of Schiff’s statement, he thinks the congressional investigation is inappropriate, and we should simply wait for the results of the Inspector General’s investigation ordered by Holder:
The politically motivated attacks on Attorney General Eric Holder need to come to an end. They are a meritless distraction from the important work of the Department of Justice, and the many men and women who work every day to make America safer. The evidence is clear and the Attorney General has been forthright throughout – he was not briefed on the details of Operation Fast and Furious until after the serious problems became public. The Attorney General then requested a full investigation by the Inspector General, exactly what we should want him to do.
This ignores the fact that Holder is himself a prime suspect of serious criminal wrongdoing, and any worthwhile investigation of the scandal would have to take a very close look at his possible culpability. Holder, in ordering an investigation by the Inspector General, who works under and answers to him, has in a very real sense offered to reassure the nation by undertaking to investigate himself–and apparently Obama and many other Democrats think we should be satisfied with that.
It doesn’t work that way. Only a truly independent investigation can get to the bottom of this scandal (and to the top), and calls for such an investigation are not “partisan”–opposition to it is.
- A journalist’s guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part One
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker-Part Two
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Three
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Four
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Five
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’-Part Six
- Official Correspondence on the Project Gunwalker Scandal.
- Sharyl Attkisson’s stories on CBS
- Special counsel for Gunwalker must be truly independent
- Partisan taint settles on Fast & Furious investigation