Embattled U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and an advanced copy of his testimony obtained by the Daily Caller suggests that he is going to attack the investigation and call for gun control instead of coming clean.
Holder’s prepared testimony does not discuss his May 3 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, an appearance during which investigators say he either lied, intentionally misled Congress or exhibited outright incompetence when answering questions about when he first learned about the failed gun-walking program.
Two congressmen, House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, asked him the same question, and Holder answered the same way each time: He said he first learned of Operation Fast and Furious just a few weeks earlier.
Holder continues to claim Operation Fast and Furious was a “local” program run out of Phoenix, Ariz., despite mounting evidence to the contrary. Most recently, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the head of the DOJ’s criminal division and Holder’s top deputy, confessed last week to at least some responsibility for Operation Fast and Furious.
“Today, I would like to correct some of the inaccurate — and irresponsible — accusations surrounding Fast and Furious,” Holder’s prepared testimony reads. “Some of the overheated rhetoric might lead you to believe that this local, Arizona-based operation was somehow the cause of the epidemic of gun violence in Mexico. In fact, Fast and Furious was a flawed response to, not the cause of, the flow of illegal guns from the United States into Mexico.”
This is direct and purposeful lie, and a desperate attempt to keep those Obama Administration officials responsible for this plot out of prison.
Operation Fast and Furious was one of ten alleged gun-walking operations in five states that saw U.S. federal agents provide firearms that Democrats have previously tried to ban in America to narco-terrorists and criminal gangs. Multiple U.S. attorneys, the directors of nearly every law enforcement agency within the executive branch, and top Justice Department officials participated in meetings about the gun-walking operation, and communicated about the operation directly to the White House National Security Council.
The case against Holder lacks a single “smoking gun” document, but the overwhelming preponderance of evidence leaves little doubt that he knew of the operation, as his top deputies all attended meeting and had documented detailed knowledge of the program, including the fact that the plot involved providing weapons to violent narcotics cartels with no intention of tracking them, only interest in tracing them after they were used in crimes.
Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales considers the plot a “betrayal” of the relationship between the United States and Mexico, and has launched two investigations of her own. She has stated that the Obama Administration’s gun-walking plot provided weapons that were used to murder 200 Mexican national, in addition to the three U.S. federal agents shot with walked guns. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata were both killed, while ICE agent Victor Avila was seriously injured.