The investigation is not fast, but the investigators are understandably becoming furious.
Attorney General Eric Holder again today would not answer who the highest-ranking Obama administration official was that had knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious and the gunwalking tactics it employed before Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered.
Instead, when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith pressed him directly during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Holder dodged giving a response.
“Mr. Attorney General, who is the highest ranking official in this administration that knew that these tactics were being used?” Smith asked of Holder at the beginning of a Thursday hearing. “And I’m talking about, knew the tactics were being used before the death of Agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010.”
Holder attempted to answer a question that wasn’t asked. “Well we know that the operation began in the field offices in Arizona,” Holder said. “Both in the US Attorney’s office and in the ATF office there. The inspector general is in the process of examining –”
Smith then cut off Holder and asked his question again: “To your knowledge, who was the highest-ranking official in the administration who knew about the tactics?”
Holder again deflected. “At this point I can say that it started in Arizona and I’m not at all certain who beyond that can be said to have been involved with regard to the use — now there was knowledge of it, but the use of the tactics,” he responded again.
Unedited Politics had the video:
This is mind-boggling. The Attorney General of the United States is saying, in essence: “I’m only the AG. How am I supposed to know this stuff…?”.
The Attorney General still maintains he and his top deputies didn’t know anything, can’t remember anything, and have no intention of complying with lawful subpoenas from Congress. Holder acknowledges that he’s only turned over 7,600 of the 140,000 Fast and Furious documents he’s sitting on, and that’s about as good as it’s going to get.
The Administration apparently thinks we are fools. And the media, ever complicit, are side-stepping the subject to an absurd degree, reporting only when necessary and burying the leads, basically giving lip service to the story. It’s another media blackout, being conducted in alarming lockstep.
More from John Hayward:
Asked when the White House was made aware of the gun walking tactics employed by Operation Fast and Furious, Holder essentially said his staffers briefed the White House but didn’t brief him, so he doesn’t know what anybody said, or when they said it. He allegedly still hasn’t found the time to gather “specifics” about the case, even though he easily made the time to conduct a political seminar for black preachers recently. When Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) demanded to know who authorized Fast and Furious, Holder referred him to the eternally “in progress” internal Justice Department investigation, which is apparently being conducted by Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.
This has been said before, but just imagine how this would be portrayed if it were a Republican in the White House, and we were dealing with National Security. Would the press think THAT was an actual story worth doing more than the rock-bottom minimum reporting? Actually, we don’t have to imagine: we’ve seen it happen already.
Issa, Smith and Gohmert are finally losing their patience with Holder, and one could hardly blame ’em. These videos show an AG and an Administration that is determined to delay, prevaricate, and stone-wall this investigation indefinitely until forced to do otherwise. Based on the dearth of reporting on this, it’s gonna be up to us to spread the word.
Sadly, it’s not as if we can count on Eric Holder to pursue actual justice: