CBS News: Documents reveal that Holder received briefing on Fast & Furious in July 2010; Update: Holder doesn’t always read his briefings?

posted at 7:22 pm on October 3, 2011 by Allahpundit

Why’s that a big deal? Watch the video below from CNS showing Holder’s testimony before Issa’s House committee back on May 3. The question: “When did you first know about the program, officially called, I believe, ‘Fast and Furious’?” The answer:

I’m not sure of the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.

Not so, says CBS News:

New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress…

The documents came from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer…

Two Justice Department officials mulled it over in an email exchange Oct. 18, 2010. “It’s a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked but is a significant set of prosecutions,” says Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit James Trusty replies “I’m not sure how much grief we get for ‘guns walking.’ It may be more like, “Finally they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”

The Justice Department told CBS News that the officials in those emails were talking about a different case started before Eric Holder became Attorney General. And tonight they tell CBS News, Holder misunderstood that question from the committee – he did know about Fast and Furious – just not the details.

He didn’t know about the details? Here’s the unredacted bit from the briefing sent to Holder on July 5, 2010 by the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center:

No code words or euphemisms there. Nice and specific. And yet Eric Holder, upon discovering that 1,500 guns had been “supplied” to Mexican drug cartels in an operation managed by the ATF, apparently didn’t demand a full explanation. Fancy that.

Follow the CNS link above and you’ll see that Issa’s maintained all along that Holder must have known about F&F sooner than he testified. Last month, at a DOJ news conference, Holder called F&F “clearly a flawed enforcement effort” but added:

“The notion that this reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that at this point I don’t think is supported by the facts and I think once we examine it and once the facts are revealed we’ll see that’s not the case,” Holder told reporters.

Well, obviously it does reach into the upper levels of the Department. Even if you’re willing to buy Holder’s absurd excuse that he had no reason to know the details of the operation despite knowing that guns were being walked to Mexican drug lords, we’ve got the memos from Breuer and the Drug Intelligence Center and the e-mail discovered by CBS between Weinstein and Trusty. (I’m dying to know which “other case” the DOJ thinks they were discussing, per the Department’s excuse to CBS.) In fact, Issa told Laura Ingraham last month: “We have a paper trail of so many people knowing that the only way the attorney general didn’t know is he made sure he didn’t want to know… But if you don’t want to know something of this sort then you shouldn’t have the job he has. And ultimately one of the questions is, if he didn’t know, is he that inept that he is dangerous to have as the attorney general, and that is for the president to decide.” That’s exactly where we are here tonight with these new docs. Either Holder didn’t want to know more after reading that July 2010 briefing or he read it and simply didn’t recognize the gravity of what he was reading. Big, big trouble either way.

Update: Here’s Fox’s segment on the new docs. The key bit is at the end, where they say a former DOJ official familiar with Holder’s operation told them he receives dozens of memos a week and doesn’t always read them. Fantastic. That’s exactly what you want in America’s top prosecutor. Let’s have him back before that House committee and let him offer the “I don’t always do my homework” excuse himself.


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Lets use the Democrats song,for this one!!!
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canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 8:24 PM

The next time he is called to talk to Congress on the subject, he will take the 5th.

ajacksonian on October 3, 2011 at 8:26 PM

Le Crap,a better song,the Liberal CYA Anthem!

Buffalo Springfield – For What Its Worth (good sound quality!)
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canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Wait for it…

… Any prosecution of Holder or Obowma will be considered racist, or something.

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 8:28 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgAfkZNNyvY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLE7FEC9D706314883

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 8:24 PM

What’s that black disc spinning at 33 1/3 RPM?
/

I still have my collection.

Electrongod on October 3, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Simple question to ask yourselves…

Is this sort of conduct something the Department of Justice and this Administration would certainly prosecute any normal average citizen had they done something similar?

In all probability, yes.

Good enough for the Attorney General to get off the hook, but not anyone who is not joined at the hip to Obama?

Where the hell is the GOP? Where are the average citizens?

Why are we not marching on Washington already?

coldwarrior on October 3, 2011 at 8:33 PM

just knowing the race of the accused vis à vis the victim is all that’s necessary for eric holder to properly dispense the social justices. he doesn’t need to read no flippin’ briefings.

mittens on October 3, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Can you imagine the pretzel that La Raza is twisting into right now over this…?

Your guy is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Mexicans…

… Que lastima!

Seven Percent Solution on October 3, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Anyone think Holder merely misread the title of Black’s Law?

Never actually read it, but just went with the title?

coldwarrior on October 3, 2011 at 8:38 PM

If we had controlled enforceable borders, none of this could have taken place.

coldwarrior on October 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Here’s the unredacted bit from the briefing sent to Holder on July 5, 2010 by the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center

well, no sh!t…

The key bit is at the end, where they say a former DOJ official familiar with Holder’s operation told them he receives dozens of memos a week and doesn’t always read them. Fantastic.

Fantastic is right. Please tell that to the family of Brian Terry. I’d like to know just what the fark Eric was doing in the interim between the receipt of this briefing, and when Brian Terry was shot and killed in DEC 2010.

well, Mr. Holder? Anything besides lettin’ the NBPP skedaddle?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:45 PM

Eric Holder and the Sword of Damocles, your table of two is ready.

Good Solid B-Plus on October 3, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Eric should just go with the Steve Martin Defense:

I forgot.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Wait .. Wasn’t that HILLARY’s defense ??

pambi on October 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

kinda like that briefing W was supposed to read in aug 2001 that everybody cried foul that HE SHOULD HAVE READ and took seriously

HYPOCRITES

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 8:48 PM

Don’t always read them?

Tough luck – you’re supposed to.

Time to go, hopefully to jail, you racist bastage.

RedNewEnglander on October 3, 2011 at 8:49 PM

pambi on October 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Yes, it was–proving the Comedy Is Not Pretty.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Look, it is the duty of the commander to know what his forces are doing in the field. It is the duty of the forces in the field to brief the commander on what their plans are. It works both ways, this operation was not done in a vacuum–no farging way. No flunkie ATF agent would allow any illegal weapon sale to step 1 foot into mexico without shiiting un gato mas grande. Not without authorization, that’s for sure, see Dodson’s memo from last week.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

maybe he can catch up on his homework in a southern Mexican prison surrounded by relatives of the cartels who can do those things that only happen in Mexican prisons…..

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Hey !.. Look over there at that bad word written on a rock !

franksalterego on October 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Holder Lied, People Died

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Holder lied, Latinos died.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM

And he has the audacity to call us cowards. Man up, Holder.

djaymick on October 3, 2011 at 8:53 PM

The man perjured himself in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. That is an impeachable offense and a prosecutable offense.

It’s time to drag him back in front of the committee, and this time question him in a manner more appropriate to his conduct.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

O/T:

ESPN pulls Hank Williams JR from Monday Night Football

There’s a tear in my beer…

alohapundit on October 3, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Yet Madonna, who compared McCain to Hitler when he was running for president, will do the SuperBowl half-time show next year.

I think we ought to do all we can to make sure that as many people as possible — especially those at ESPN — know that Madonna has a “Hank Williams problem.”

Rational Thought on October 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Just emailed my congressman, Jeff Miller FL-1 and Marco Rubio’s office asking that they demand Holder’s resignation. I will follow tomorrow with phone calls. Everyone should light up the congressional switchboard over this revelation.

Didn’t bother with Bill Nelson. Probably wouldn’t be able to reach him due to his head being up and locked on a permanent basis.

bartonbulletin on October 3, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Obama: The democratic Nixon.

ernesto on October 3, 2011 at 8:03 PM

How many border agents died from Watergate?

chewmeister on October 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

“I’m not a felon, I’m just incompetent”

Great defense.

forest on October 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

sure is a shaaaame that Eric has perjured himself for this “fake scandal”…..

way to go down swinging, Eric.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:57 PM

Unlike Watergate, there will be no resignation of a Democratic president, but it should definitely cost Obama the Latino vote and re-election next year.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 8:57 PM

How many border agents died from Watergate?

chewmeister on October 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

ooh ooh OOH! I know that one…It’s NONE right…but that jacka$$ Nixon wanted to kill some, right?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Look, it is the duty of the commander to know what his forces are doing in the field. It is the duty of the forces in the field to brief the commander on what their plans are. It works both ways, this operation was not done in a vacuum–no farging way. No flunkie ATF agent would allow any illegal weapon sale to step 1 foot into mexico without shiiting un gato mas grande. Not without authorization, that’s for sure, see Dodson’s memo from last week.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Said it before, I’ll say agin.
This clearly was above Holder’s pay grade.
The White House knew about it.

If they had the goods to under-bus a lower level flunky in the present home of El Presidente Downgrade they would have done so by now.

Besides being ultimately responsible for what his administration does, the circumstantial evidence at hand would lead one to the conclusion that since they cannot pass it off to a lower level WH flunky, it would seem like the top man is responsible.

Chip on October 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM

Hey !.. Look over there at that bad word written on a rock !

franksalterego on October 3, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Probably written by Robert Byrd.

chewmeister on October 3, 2011 at 8:58 PM

I woulda thought that these 200 dead Mexicans had the same hopes to cross the border, get DREAM act tuition and vote democrat next year while claiming a lifetime of free healthcare and social security. Can dead Mexicans vote like dead Chicagoans?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM

“I’m not a felon, I’m just incompetent”

Great defense.

forest on October 3, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Now they’ll release his grades to prove that.

Chip on October 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM

Can dead Mexicans vote like dead Chicagoans

All in due time.

chewmeister on October 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

And awaaaay we go:

House Dems Seek To Formalize Former Presidents’ Ability To Withhold Records
More than a dozen House Democrats last week proposed legislation that would establish a formal process former presidents could use to shield their presidential records from public scrutiny.
Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) and 16 other Democrats proposed H.R. 3071, which would amend the Presidential Records Act to allow former presidents to assert a “constitutionally based privilege” against disclosing presidential records. Under the bill, this would start a process requiring the current president to judge that assertion.
Support for the bill among Democrats seems to imply an effort to ensure that President Obama can use today’s rules if he chooses to protect certain records from being released in the future. However, Towns did not release a statement explaining the need for the bill, and the legislation as written would apply to all former presidents going forward.

mrt721 on October 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

Ignorance is no excuse.

He was briefed, that he didn’t read the briefing is immaterial.

Jason Coleman on October 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

I don’t think so. Remember, not only was Nixon a crook, but he instituted hard price controls on quite a few goods. He also created that most dreaded hive of scum and villany, the EPA.

ernesto on October 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Yup, they’re both corrupt liberals.

Good Solid B-Plus on October 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM

mrt721 on October 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM

cripe…this better not pass

cmsinaz on October 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

If we had controlled enforceable borders, none of this could have taken place.
coldwarrior on October 3, 2011 at 8:39 PM

That’s assuming their goel was to stop the boarder violence in the first place instead of trying to frame American gun owner by trying make that phony statistic about where cartels get their guns from a “reality”.

jawkneemusic on October 3, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Ah, the Sgt. Schultz defense. Timmy don’t know Turbo Tax, Zero don’t know about creating jobs, Biden just don’t know squat. No wonder we have no leadership.

Kissmygrits on October 3, 2011 at 9:05 PM

The key bit is at the end, where they say a former DOJ official familiar with Holder’s operation told them he receives dozens of memos a week and doesn’t always read them.

Doesn’t matter. Just because they hit his “inbox” and he didn’t see them, doesn’t mean he isn’t responsible. These responsibility duckers know no bounds when it comes to failing to accept what happens on their watch. For PETE’s SAKE, the graphic alone suggests that a flood of weapons went south to drug terrorists who are beheading people. And this stain wants to pass it off on “I didn’t get the memo” …… He and his boss have some answering to do.

So, Mr. President, how many other executive branch department heads don’t read their briefings and, if they don’t, what pray tell do they brief you on?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

mrt721 on October 3, 2011 at 9:02 PM
Doubtful it would pass in the house.

chewmeister on October 3, 2011 at 9:06 PM

Holder, Obama, Michelle: You just have to love these lawyers.

GaltBlvnAtty on October 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

So, Mr. Holder…are there any other countries that we might be running guns into that you just might not know about?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I say give breuer complete immunity and if he doesn’t talk lock him up in tim mcveigh’s old cell and remind him that treason has execution as a punishment.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 9:10 PM

Dang it.. Its that damn ‘reading’ thing again

deedtrader on October 3, 2011 at 9:15 PM

And tonight they tell CBS News, Holder misunderstood that question from the committee – he did know about Fast and Furious – just not the details.

So, Mr. Holder, what is it that you are good at?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 9:18 PM

I say give breuer complete immunity and if he doesn’t talk lock him up in tim mcveigh’s old cell and remind him that treason has execution as a punishment.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 9:10 PM

I think that Kevin O’Reilly ought to be packing his bags in Iraq and his convenient Middle East getaway cut short.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 9:20 PM

I wish that fool poster who said Issa will buckle before he finds the facts would show up on these posts….
Issa is slowly tightening the loose, slowly putting the pieces together and he will build a nice list of names, and one of the will role over and squeal like a stuck pig.
Right now Holder is facing perjury, not an offense you want hanging over your head…but he won’t rat out anyone else, but someone will…

right2bright on October 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Right now Holder is facing perjury, not an offense you want hanging over your head…but he won’t rat out anyone else, but someone will…

right2bright on October 3, 2011 at 9:21 PM

yep. Get Kevin O’Reilly back here and have him raise his right hand. He and Newell were trading March Madness picks er.. Fast and Furious details via email. I wonder what is on the rest of those emails that were retained with “executive privilege”????……hmmm.?

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Is this the final straw that breaks it wide open?

Let’s hope so.

gophergirl on October 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

I’m sorry all I can do is vote for regime change!

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Holder is obviously lying and that implies Obama lied. It’s just not possible that Obama was left ignorant of this gun trace scheme when he clearly called for one even before he was elected, and more than once .

Their arrogance in figuring that they can get by with their incredible denials should make every American angry.

Obama should be impeached!

Chessplayer on October 3, 2011 at 9:35 PM

gophergirl on October 3, 2011 at 9:26 PM

The only way that happens is if Holder and Obama leave the Democratic Party and join the GOP.

Christien on October 3, 2011 at 9:36 PM

OK if you have to use the “I’m just ignorant of what goes on around here” defense it might be time to go.

iceman1960 on October 3, 2011 at 9:37 PM

My goodness, how proud Columbia and Harvard must be.

rogerb on October 3, 2011 at 8:21 PM

Uhh…why wouldn’t they be???

BigWyo on October 3, 2011 at 9:37 PM

Maybe Bo the dog ate Mr. Holder’s homework?

kringeesmom on October 3, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Ah, so cute – we still think there’s going to be meaningful consequences here?

At worst Holder cops to being less than competent and not reading everything that passes over his desk. Maybe he resigns. Hope that’ll make everyone happy, cause that’s the worst that’s going to happen here.

Midas on October 3, 2011 at 9:44 PM

Busted.

Say hello to your perjury charges Mr. Holder.

Yakko77 on October 3, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Deputy Chief of the National Gang Unit James Trusty replies “I’m not sure how much grief we get for ‘guns walking.’ It may be more like, “Finally they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”

If someone has already noted the irony of this I apologize but as I started to read the thread I thought “whoa, this is fkn rich”. So when are we going after people who sent the guns down there?

arnold ziffel on October 3, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Doesn’t the fact that Holder was receiving briefings indicate that the “approval” for this mess came from either him or above?
How could it not?

JoeDel on October 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM

Thinly rolled sheets of incompetence.

Red Cloud on October 3, 2011 at 9:55 PM

Does Holder look like he aged about 20 in the last three?

hawkdriver on October 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Evidence seems to be mounting. I’d have to say I’m close to moving my butt to the fence about impeachment. MJ, if you’re reading, what do you think considering what we had talked about?

hawkdriver on October 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM

if Holder knew and was smart, he made sure there is evidence that Obama knew.

coldwarrior on October 3, 2011 at 7:29 PM

FIFY Gotta have some protection.

txmomof6 on October 3, 2011 at 10:02 PM

So if Holder gets convicted of anything, it better be quick so Obama has time to issue the full pardon by his last day in office./

txmomof6 on October 3, 2011 at 10:04 PM

Attorney General, prosecute thyself.

novaculus on October 3, 2011 at 10:05 PM

Doesn’t the fact that Holder was receiving briefings indicate that the “approval” for this mess came from either him or above?
How could it not?

JoeDel on October 3, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I had made this point a couple of weeks ago. Using a military analogy, it is beyond belief that Colonels and LTC’s would have the resources to pull something like this off and yet the Generals and top civilians would not know. I still don’t understand why repubs on the weekend or any time they get airtime don’t bring up FnF. Maybe they think it’s something kinky.

arnold ziffel on October 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

Using a military analogy, it is beyond belief that Colonels and LTC’s would have the resources to pull something like this off and yet the Generals and top civilians would not know. I still don’t understand why repubs on the weekend or any time they get airtime don’t bring up FnF. Maybe they think it’s something kinky.

arnold ziffel on October 3, 2011 at 10:07 PM

you’re right, it is beyond belief.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM

It does seem as if Issa, to use a Watergate term, is letting Holder twist slowly in the wind. I hope eric has a doctor nearby, his nerves must be close to shot by now.

tim c on October 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM

Does Holder look like he aged about 20 in the last three?

hawkdriver on October 3, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Did you happen to watch his confirmation hearings or the few other times he testified lied before congress? He always looks like he has been constipated for days.

arnold ziffel on October 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

It is time for Republican candidates to start demanding that Obama address this bloody corruption. He won’t, or he’ll lie, but they need to raise the issue. That is how to force the issue into the national dialog, and force the MSM to cover it.

Once it gets out and the voting public begins to grasp the significance of it, the pot will really start to boil.

novaculus on October 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

arnold ziffel on October 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen him crack a smile.

hawkdriver on October 3, 2011 at 10:19 PM

For AG Holder, it is either gross incompetence or gross ignorance. EITHER WAY, its bye-bye time…

Khun Joe on October 3, 2011 at 10:20 PM

I don’t think so. Remember, not only was Nixon a crook, but he instituted hard price controls on quite a few goods. He also created that most dreaded hive of scum and villany, the EPA.

ernesto on October 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Oh yeah. I see what you’re saying. Those things are far worse than the murder of a border agent, and hundreds of innocent men, women, and children in Mexico.

capejasmine on October 3, 2011 at 10:23 PM

That’s exactly what you want in America’s top prosecutor. Let’s have him back before that House committee and let him offer the “I don’t always do my homework” excuse himself.

Didn’t we already know that about him with the Arizona immigration enforcement bill? That was less than 11 pages long and he finally had to admit he did not know what was in the bill. i.e. that police could not just walk up to someone and ask to see their papers. Had to be done in conjunction with a legitimate law enforcement action.

Ya know Eric, even a lowly middle-level technical manager knows that you don’t have to read everything yourself. That’s what you have staff for, you make sure that you have everything analyzed and summarized for you before you make a fool of yourself in front of a committee.

AZfederalist on October 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

It is time for Republican candidates to start demanding that Obama address this bloody corruption. He won’t, or he’ll lie, but they need to raise the issue. That is how to force the issue into the national dialog, and force the MSM to cover it.

Once it gets out and the voting public begins to grasp the significance of it, the pot will really start to boil.

novaculus on October 3, 2011 at 10:17 PM

Well, Mitt? Whatcha think? Time to get in the game and take off your training pants. If you want to be a leader, here’s your chance.

not holding my breath.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 10:27 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgAfkZNNyvY&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLE7FEC9D706314883

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 8:24 PM
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What’s that black disc spinning at 33 1/3 RPM?
/

I still have my collection.

Electrongod on October 3, 2011 at 8:28 PM

Electrongod:Sorry for the late responce,ya know,I’m not sure!:)

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

Ya know Eric, even a lowly middle-level technical manager knows that you don’t have to read everything yourself. That’s what you have staff for, you make sure that you have everything analyzed and summarized for you before you make a fool of yourself in front of a committee.

AZfederalist on October 3, 2011 at 10:24 PM

That’s absolutely right..something like this:

“Hey boss, I know you’re not keeping a close eye on this one, but this could be trouble. You see, the POTUS authorized the ATF to both sell, then allow the transit of weapons to Mexican drug cartels–trouble is, one of them wound up at the scene of where one of our border agents was killed in December. You need to keep your ear to the ground for the intel on that one–Fast and Furious, mmkay?”

2easy.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2011/10/holder_lied_to_congress_about_fast_and_furious.html

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

ted c:Great links Ted,thanks!:)

canopfor on October 3, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Holder needs to go to prison.

BillCarson on October 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

I don’t think so. Remember, not only was Nixon a crook, but he instituted hard price controls on quite a few goods. He also created that most dreaded hive of scum and villany, the EPA.

ernesto on October 3, 2011 at 8:14 PM

Oh yeah. I see what you’re saying. Those things are far worse than the murder of a border agent, and hundreds of innocent men, women, and children in Mexico.

capejasmine on October 3, 2011 at 10:23 PM

lol, really.

Everyone look, Nixon!

Phew Eric, that was close. Now, about that next shipment of AKs.

hawkdriver on October 3, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Didn’t Holder use the “I didn’t read it, read it” excuse for the Arizona immigration lawsuit, too?
Plausible deniability is only useful when it’s not a trend.

AeroSpear on October 3, 2011 at 10:37 PM

http://blog.heritage.org/2011/10/03/doj-memos-show-eric-holder-was-briefed-on-fast-and-furious-in-july-2010/

On July 9, 2010, Michael Walther, director of DOJ’s National Drug Intelligence Center, briefed Holder on Fast and Furious, which he mentioned by name, according to one of the memos. The operation “involves a Phoenix-based firearms trafficking ring,” Walther wrote, and an unidentified number of “straw purchasers,” who “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican trafficking cartels.”

Four months later Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads DOJ’s criminal division, informed Holder of eight arrests relating to Fast and Furious, which he also referred to by name.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 10:41 PM

Just as ignorance of the law is no defense of the infraction, ignoring the memo is no defense of the occurrence, bub

Alden Pyle on October 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM

I’m encouraged that CBS has decided in favor of some investigative journalism. Maybe the dam will break soon, and the MSM will have a field day with the corruption in this administration. There’s plenty to go around.

Wouldn’t that be fun?

disa on October 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Uh oh!

Washtimes weighs in on how F&F is creeping closer and closer to the white house.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 10:47 PM

Update: Holder doesn’t always read his briefings?

Holder’s plausible deniability strategy becomes implausible by the day.

rukiddingme on October 3, 2011 at 10:48 PM

from washtimes link above:
The “Fast and Furious” gunrunning probe is creeping closer to the Obama White House. It appears administration officials were willing to sign off on just about anything to accomplish their ends, and the result of this botched operation has has been over a hundred dead. Someone needs to be held accountable.

ted c on October 3, 2011 at 10:50 PM

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