…don’t you know better than to perjure yourself under oath?
House Republicans on Wednesday turned their sharp questioning over “Operation Fast and Furious” toward Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who acknowledged her agents were twice told to “stand down” in deference to what she called a “very troublesome” operation.
Napolitano, at one point likening the questioning to a cross-examination, said repeatedly she only learned of “Fast and Furious” after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December. She emphasized the operation, conceived and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “was an ATF operation,” under the auspices of the Justice Department, not her department.
Simply put, I do not believe for one second that Arizona’s former Attorney General and Governor, whose former Chief-of-Staff Dennis Burke was intimately involved in Operation Fast and Furious, whose current job is to know everything about what comes in or goes over the border, was in the dark about a weapons smuggling plot that would have set off every personal and professional radar. Put bluntly, I strongly suspect that Janet Napolitano was well aware of Operation Fast and Furious and any other gun-walking operations that may be out there.
It would have been her job to know.