DOJ Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer appears to be interested in taking the political heat regarding allegations of gun-walking by the Obama Administration.
Lanny A. Breuer, assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division, told NPR he found out in April 2010 that agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had let more than 400 guns connected to suspicious buyers cross the Southwest border during the Bush years, but he didn’t tell senior leadership at the Justice Department.
“Knowing what I know now, I wish that I had alerted the deputy or the attorney general at the time,” he said.
Notes from one of his aides taken during a damage-control meeting at the time reported of the guns: “vast majority walk, connected to violent crime.”
At the time, Breuer says, he simply didn’t draw a “connection” between a gun-trafficking operation known as Wide Receiver, which dated to 2006, and a different gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious that was proceeding along the same lines under the watch of the Obama Justice Department.
Breuer’s confession is awfully convenient for Attorney General Eric Holder, and just as implausible. Breuer has been around the block a few times, and is perhaps best known for being President Clinton’s counsel during his impeachment trial. He would not have missed the obvious parallels between these two programs, and being a political animal, he would have known to cover his bases and his ass.
If soccer were politics Lanny Breuer would be red-carded for such an obvious dive.
Holder, Napolitano and Obama are eyeball deep in this scandal, and while Breuer may end up coming down as well, it is too late, and too much is know for Breuer to be a firewall for the rest of the Administration.
This could ugly quick and result in mass resignations, or drag on into the 2012 campaign and hang around the President’s neck like an albatross. Either way I don’t see this ending well for the Administration, and the probability of criminal charges seems to be growing with every revelation.