(1) If President Obama was not aware of the Fast and Furious operation prior to Congressional investigation, he CANNOT! claim executive privilege. Executive privilege covers confidential communications between the Executive, the President, and his advisers. It does not cover communications among the advisers themselves.
(2) If President Obama was aware of the Fast and Furious operation prior to the Congressional investigation in direct conflict with his prior public statements (in other words his prior lies) and he assisted or directed others to obstruct a Congressional investigation, he can be arrested and charged with a felony IMMEDIATELY upon relinquishing office. Further, if obstructing a Congressional investigation is not a high crime, I do not know what is. Obstructing a Congressional investigation is a felony punishable by many years in jail. In addition, a conviction would have put President Obama in a position to loose his license to practice law if he had not already relinquished it prior to running for President.
(3) Whether or not Fast and Furious was the continuation of Bush administration policy is irrelevant. (a) It would not excuse Eric Holder’s lying to Congress and his obstruction of their investigation. (b) If the Justice Department had documentation that the program was the result of Bush administration policy, why would they be obstructing a Congressional investigation in an effort to protect the Bush administration?
(4) Fast and Furious demonstrates how craven the Marxist ambitions of President Obama truly are. President Obama and Eric Holder had such callous disregard for human life, whether that of innocent Mexicans or a U.S. border agent, that they were EAGER TO ASSIST! psychotic gangsters in their purchase of extremely dangerous and deadly weapons in order to make a political point. Regardless of what happens with the Congressional investigation, shame on President Obama and Eric Holder for that. May G-d have mercy on their souls.
Seven months after federal agents began the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, they stumbled upon their main suspect in a remote Arizona outpost on the Mexican border, driving an old BMW with 74 rounds of ammunition and nine cellphones hidden inside.
Detained for questioning that day in May 2010, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta described to agents from theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiveshis close association with a top Mexican drug cartel member, according to documents obtained this weekend by the Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.
The top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, scribbled her phone number on a $10 bill after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators.
Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called. Shocking!
Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010 – and that he was informed the weapons used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious on the same day.
An email from one official, whose name has been redacted from the document, to now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke reads: “On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when he encountered [redacted word] unidentified subjects. Shots were exchanged resulting in the agent being shot. At this time, the agent is being transported to an area where he can be air lifted to an emergency medical center.”
That email was sent at 2:31 a.m. on the day Terry was shot. One hour later, a follow-up email read: “Our agent has passed away.”
Burke forwarded those two emails to Holder’s then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson later that morning, adding that the incident was “not good” because it happened “18 miles w/in” the border.
Wilkinson responded to Burke shortly thereafter and said the incident was “tragic.” “I’ve alerted the AG [Holder], the Acting DAG, Lisa, etc.”
Then, later that day, Burke followed up with Wilkinson after Burke discovered from officials whose names are redacted that the guns used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious. “The guns found in the desert near the murder BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about – they were AK-47s purchased at a Phoenix gun store,” Burke wrote to Wilkinson.
“I’ll call tomorrow,” Wilkinson responded.
This is hardly the first time new evidence has come out that directly contradicts Holder’s congressional testimony. These new emails are written evidence that Holder was aware of Fast and Furious about five months before he testified in Congress that he had only learned of the gunwalking program a “few weeks” before a May 3, 2011, House Judiciary Committee appearance.