Did the DoJ hide whistleblower memos that prove officials lied to Congress?

posted at 1:21 pm on July 17, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

So says the Washington Guardian, uncovering at least one of the targets of Rep. Darrell Issa’s subpoenas, and it might be a game-changer.  According to the Guardian, which says they have a copy of the memos, the ATF knew full well that guns had been walked across the border before Congress started demanding answers.  They had already begun to put whistleblower-protection processes in place to address agents who had complained to Congress over those actions before assuring Congress that no one knew about the practice:

The memos, obtained by the Washington Guardian, were triggered by the agents’ allegations, Justice officials confirmed. In them, ATF officials in Washington instructed field supervisors not to retaliate against the agents in Arizona who complained they had been ordered to let semiautomatic weapons flow to suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels rather than interdicting them.

Even as the warning was being sent, Obama administration political appointees were publicly undercutting the agents’ credibility, insisting to Congress that ATF never knowingly let weapons cross the border into Mexico’s violent drug wars – a denial that turned out to be false. …

Agents who disclose illegalities or wrongdoing are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act and “a federal agency is prohibited from retaliating against an employee for having made a protected disclosure,” warned a Feb. 9, 2011 email forwarding legal advice to all ATF field supervisors from then-Assistant Director Mark Chait.

Chait’s lawyer told the Washington Guardian his client specifically requested ATF lawyers draft the legal memo because he had learned some agents had taken their concerns about the Arizona gun sting to Congress and he did not want them punished for coming forward.

The Guardian notes that the letter gives at least one positive argument for the Obama administration — that their pledge to protect whistleblowers was taken seriously within the ATF.  However, that doesn’t address why the whistleblowers later got assigned to someone who had overtly expressed hostility and a need to retaliate against the same whistleblowing agents.  Senator Charles Grassley has already demanded an answer to that question.

One name on the Chait memo, in the CC field, will be familiar — Kenneth Melson, then the acting head of the ATF.  That makes it pretty clear that senior ATF officials knew of the whistleblowers, although the memo doesn’t show any specifics about what the whistleblowers were saying.  It predates the testimony of DoJ officials who insisted that no one knew of gunwalking, which either means they didn’t bother to ask Melson or anyone within the ATF, or they lied about it.

Which is it?  More of the documents might shed some light on that question, but the White House has asserted executive privilege to keep them from Congressional investigators.  The surfacing of this document suggests that the contents of these subpoena targets are probably already well known, but the chain of custody needs to be established.  Subsequent leaks might have increasing substantive value as part of a strategy to force compliance, but clearly there is material here that the Obama administration desperately wants to keep under wraps.  Their assertion of privilege won’t succeed, but it may be moot by the time it gets to court.  Someone wants these documents out.


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Did the DoJ hide whistleblower memos that prove officials lied to Congress?

Is the Pope Catholic?

Doomberg on July 17, 2012 at 1:22 PM

Nobody died during Watergate… Executive privilege, indeed!?

Khun Joe on July 17, 2012 at 1:23 PM

guess I missed the whole coverup on the evening news….someone died? someone lied? hmmmmmm, sounds like a bumper sticker!

SDarchitect on July 17, 2012 at 1:24 PM

This is the big story – of course they are hiding something.

derecho on July 17, 2012 at 1:25 PM

This is just political show.

If the gop had the stones to lead this country they WOULD BE OUT FRIGGING DEFENDING it from Holder and Obama and all their cohorts in this Administration.

Issa has been on this case for nearly a year and a half, and at this pace we’ll get nothing by January except more attacks on the gop house leadership for being to “partisan”.

The gop leadership in Congress isn’t worth piss poured out of my boots.

Defend Individual liberty in America and find SOMEONE, ANYONE in the gop that can successfully COMMUNICATE that vision to America.

Ugh, Holder should have been NEVER CONFIRMED, and definitely impeached.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Obama and Holder are impertinent Mafia thugs.

Nothing sticks, unless the people throw them out en masse, mocked in shame, so as to never repeat.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Treasury hired whores, with your taxes…NO one reports on it. Holder hid this too.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:27 PM

So can we say that Barack Hussein is a Felon and ultimately responsible for those deaths?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Geithner lied to banks on Libor rates, thus affecting the 2008 economic downturn…No one reports on it either.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

felons.

mittens on July 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

But Mittens was still titular head of Bain Capital!
/sarc

200+ deaths. Dear Liar has blood on his hands and should be found guilty of accessory to murder. Which is a felony.

rbj on July 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

So can we say that Barack Hussein is a Felon and ultimately responsible for those deaths?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

No. Cutter says that Romney, the one without a closet and without skeletons, is.

It’s a surreal world.

The man who never even had a newspaper route claims that no one created/ran a private business, based on their own efforts.

If people don’t wake up, they deserve these thugs who commit theft.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Ugh, Holder should have been NEVER CONFIRMED, and definitely impeached.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

In this country we have due process, laws to abide by… unfortunately it takes time and has to be done legally, but a few more of these disclosures and the administration will be forced to comply.

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Obama and Holder are impertinent Mafia thugs.

Nothing sticks, unless the people throw them out en masse, mocked in shame, so as to never repeat.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

That’s an insult to the Mafia. The Mafia is organized and efficient.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

More of the documents might shed some light on that question, but the White House has asserted executive privilege to keep them from Congressional investigators.

Never mind that, let’s rehash the Bain accusations for the 1000th time. /Obamamedia.

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Okay Mitt…let’s get it rolling.

Let’s go on the offense…demand that these memos get released by the most transparent administration ever.

Outsourcing or deaths of hundreds of people…priorities, and Mitt better start attacking.

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

So can we say that Barack Hussein is a Felon and ultimately responsible for those deaths?

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 1:28 PM

No. Cutter says that Romney, the one without a closet and without skeletons, is.

It’s a surreal world.

The man who never even had a newspaper route claims that no one created/ran a private business, based on their own efforts.

If people don’t wake up, they deserve these thugs who commit theft.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Problem is, some people want those thieves in there to steal property from others to hand over to them.

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

. In them, ATF officials in Washington instructed field supervisors not to retaliate against the agents in Arizona who complained they had been ordered to let semiautomatic weapons flow to suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels rather than interdicting them.

Even as the warning was being sent, Obama administration political appointees were publicly undercutting the agents’ credibility, insisting to Congress that ATF never knowingly let weapons cross the border into Mexico’s violent drug wars – a denial that turned out to be false. …

KAFFEE: Then why the two orders, Colonel?

JESSEP: Sometimes men take matters into their own
hands.

KAFFEE: No sir. You made it clear just a moment ago that your men never take matters into their own hands. Your men follow orders or people die. So Santiago shouldn’t have been in any danger at all, should he have, Colonel?

Ben Hur on July 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Problem is, some people want those thieves in there to steal property from others to hand over to them.

Chip on July 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

From the left, to the right…why I hate most all of them and wish them to spontaneously combust. The rightists are not much better.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:39 PM

That’s an insult to the Mafia. The Mafia is organized and efficient.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM

:)

I want to see some brains ‘splattered’ all around.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

How many gamechangers have there been in this fiasco?

earlgrey133 on July 17, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Outsourcing or deaths of hundreds of people…priorities, and Mitt better start attacking.

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Obama , outsourcing the killing of Americans and Mexicans to drug syndicates.

the_nile on July 17, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Thugs all over the administration.

Libor scandal…not covered in the media.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Latinos, Obama hates you, dead and alive.

Wake up, you fools.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:45 PM

So…pardon me if I’m a little confused here.

The memo demonstrates that officials were aware that whistleblowers had protection under the law. Yet, later, they were reassigned to a person who had already expressed a desire for retaliation.

So my question is: did they make a note in a memo that whistleblowers must be protected under federal law in order to establish ‘plausible deniability’ should they eventually be questioned over the later reassignment of the whistleblowers to a person who wanted to retaliate against whistleblowers?

OR, did someone in the agency chain of command believe that the memo was enough to insure that the whistleblowers would receive the protection to which they were entitled, however later someone in the chain of command who also sought retaliation reassigned them, ignoring the memo that they were to be given protection under the law AND, presumably, their own boss as well ?

Given what we already know about the DoJ and its handling of Fast and Furious, I suspect the former, however, I also wouldn’t be surprised if the chain of command at the agency wasn’t also corrupted and flawed.

thatsafactjack on July 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Someone wants these documents out.

Hope that someone is watching his/her back. With an administration as corrupt as this one, anything can happen.

AZCoyote on July 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

That’s an insult to the Mafia. The Mafia is organized and efficient.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM
:)

I want to see some brains ‘splattered’ all around.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Heh, JoAnn

O/T, or maybe not

Herein lies the crux of it all – Stephen Covey was one of the biggest charlatans in the world.

May he never rest.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Subsequent leaks might have increasing substantive value as part of a strategy to force compliance, but clearly there is material here that the Obama administration desperately wants to keep under wraps.

I predict there’s an email out there from Holder to some high-level field agent that says something like this:

All,

See POTUS email below:

And that email says something like this:

Eric,

Go ahead with F&F, need to show some evidence to bolster our gun ban effort and to help with ’12 campaign fund raising.

You know there’s one out there, and my guess is Issa already has it.

BobMbx on July 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

A Year and a Week later, this is still an Epic

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Ben Hur on July 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

Most folks can’t handle it, you know.

BobMbx on July 17, 2012 at 1:55 PM

We should be thankful someone wants these documents out because that may be the only thing stopping the Obama White House from trashing everyone that might ask a question.

One question that needs to be asked. Since Obama is the smartest man ever to become President, why didn’t he and his Justice Department deal with this last year and get it over with?

bflat879 on July 17, 2012 at 1:56 PM

Hi Schadenfraude,
So Covey was a failed mafioso? He did managed to con a lot of people into buying his books, without the messiness of having to kill them, however.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

And yet Obama and the lsm are outraged that mitt won’t show more
tax returns

cmsinaz on July 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Schadenfreude
spot on, the whole thread, your on a roll……….;-)

angrymike on July 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Subsequent leaks might have increasing substantive value as part of a strategy to force compliance, but clearly there is material here that the Obama administration desperately wants to keep under wraps. Their assertion of privilege won’t succeed, but it may be moot by the time it gets to court. Someone wants these documents out.

.
It is looking more and more likely there is a “smoking gun” in the “Fast and Furious” coverup which IS going to see the light of day.

Some of Issa’s moles may be applying pressure for a civil action on the Executive Privilege claim to be initiated immediately.

Or they can just leak memos to the Guardian and make Issa look like a fool.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

That’s an insult to the Mafia. The Mafia is organized and efficient.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:32 PM
:)

I want to see some brains ‘splattered’ all around.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:40 PM

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:47 PM

I was always partial to The Spockranos…

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Is Barack a liar?

SouthernGent on July 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Del
juts keep um coming, I wish I got to know old crr6…………;-D

angrymike on July 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM

KAFFEE: Then why the two orders, Colonel?

JESSEP: Sometimes men take matters into their own
hands.

KAFFEE: No sir. You made it clear just a moment ago that your men never take matters into their own hands. Your men follow orders or people die. So Santiago shouldn’t have been in any danger at all, should he have, Colonel?

Ben Hur on July 17, 2012 at 1:36 PM

“You can’t handle the truth” never seemed more prophetic.

Mord on July 17, 2012 at 2:01 PM

You guys with your fake scandals.
/s

JusDreamin on July 17, 2012 at 2:02 PM

So Covey was a failed mafioso? He did managed to con a lot of people into buying his books, without the messiness of having to kill them, however.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Hi JoAnn,

I’m all for selling anything, legally and ethically, even pet rocks, to the unsuspecting and suspecting fools.

It is immoral to allow a sucker to keep his money…is one of my most favorite sayings…because fools must be punished, unless they are ill or otherwise handicapped.

However, of all the charlatans in the books/such history, none surpasses Covey. I observed him in vivo once and trust me, a bigger charlatan among men there never was. Sure, the fools are those who fell for it, and good on him and his weird, weird family.

May he rest in pieces.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I was always partial to The Spockranos…

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Kirk & Spock looked better in the suits & fedoras than they did in their geeky uniforms (except for the pointy ears).
Mafia fashion > Federation fashion

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Oh, JoAnn, there is oen bigger charlatan among men…though he might be demonic…he’s in the WH now.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

I was always partial to The Spockranos…

Del Dolemonte on July 17, 2012 at 1:58 PM

:)

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

However, of all the charlatans in the books/such history, none surpasses Covey. I observed him in vivo once and trust me, a bigger charlatan among men there never was. Sure, the fools are those who fell for it, and good on him and his weird, weird family.

May he rest in pieces.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:03 PM

Hi again,

I never knew that. I’m not one for “self-help” books — they really are the biggest scam, preying on people who are too stupid to know better. Still, people were only parting with less than $10, not investing their life savings with him (I hope).
Ciao,
JoAnn

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Herein lies the crux of it all – Stephen Covey was one of the biggest charlatans in the world.

May he never rest.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 1:52 PM

From a Salon writer?

gwelf on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

And the White House is right in the mix.

pat on July 17, 2012 at 2:08 PM

Mr. Rommey, unleash the kracken!

crazywater on July 17, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Did the DoJ hide whistleblower memos that prove officials lied to Congress?

….Holder: Why?…do you have a problem with that?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

From a Salon writer?

gwelf on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

The article is trash. It still doesn’t diminish what a charltan Covey was.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Indeed, indeed. The fools are those who don’t know better and suckers should never allowed to keep their money.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Oh, JoAnn, there is oen bigger charlatan among men…though he might be demonic…he’s in the WH now.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:05 PM

He makes me ill. I’d be curious to know what people in the military think of him. My husband & I took the kids to see a decommissioned submarine in New London, CT, and his ugly,smirking mug was on the wall as Commander in Chief … he doesn’t deserve it. And of course, they’re all fighting FOR HIM. Grrr.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

From a Salon writer?

gwelf on July 17, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Nothing is more sad around here than to observe, over and over, the right not able to multi-thread with their god-given brains. I only expect that from the left, to much chagrin.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Too bad our little Pravdas won’t do their job. Then again, maybe they are since reporting only on idealogical friendly topics is the norm for propaganda machines.

iamsaved on July 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

He makes me ill. I’d be curious to know what people in the military think of him.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Not much but they are professionals. However, they vote, if they are allowed to.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:14 PM

So, when do we learn that Obama, Holder, and anyone else at DOJ and ATF involved in this clusterfark have long ago retained Saul Goodman, Walter White’s lawyer in Breaking Bad?

Better check the WH visitors’ log for a visit from Saul at which Obama says: “We’re done when I say we’re done.”

BuckeyeSam on July 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Under President Romney, each and every ATF whistleblower must be rewarded careerwise, and at the least promoted to run the office that they worked out of.

Long-term we need to eliminate the ATF. They have screwed up so many times that the organization deserves the death sentence. Give A & T back to Commerce, and F & E to the FBI. Cut headcount overall.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 2:16 PM

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:12 PM

No darlin’, they’re not fighting for him. They fight for us. They REPORT to him, but that’s chain of command. Fortunately going forward, they do not have to obey an unlawful order, which he will ultimately be making as his time draws nigh.

HomeoftheBrave on July 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Of course.

We have a criminal running the DOJ and a tax cheat/criminal running the IRS.

You can’t make this up.

jukin3 on July 17, 2012 at 2:28 PM

The article is trash. It still doesn’t diminish what a charltan Covey was.

Schadenfreude on July 17, 2012 at 2:10 PM

I don’t have an opinion on Covey either way – I didn’t know him and have never read any of his books (and I’m a Mormon to boot) but it seemed you were basing your opinion on what you admit was a trash article which itself only very tangentially mentioned Covey.

If you have personal experience or other research that’s convinced you he was a hypocrite then fine but that’s why I commented.

gwelf on July 17, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Obowma political appointees …

… That’s all you need go know.

Seven Percent Solution on July 17, 2012 at 2:33 PM

No darlin’, they’re not fighting for him. They fight for us. They REPORT to him, but that’s chain of command. Fortunately going forward, they do not have to obey an unlawful order, which he will ultimately be making as his time draws nigh.

HomeoftheBrave on July 17, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I forgot to put the sarcasm tag on — he said in a speech that the military was fighting “for him.” I think it was in the OOTD column several weeks/months ago. My apologies for the error.

JoAnn1965 on July 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Mitt, after the “Romney might be a felon” nonsense, why not just do an “Obama might be a felon” ad about F&F and just list the evidence that has been offered and the fact that the WH is hiding the remaining documents.

The media would be forced to cover the dueling ad messaging on felonies because some things are just too juicy to pass up.

I can dream can’t I?

goflyers on July 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Operation Fast & Furious is the Obama admin’s Tuskegee syphilis experiment.

arhooley on July 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

There were live feeds from the gun store “wire tap” phone lines, from closed circit TV cameras in the gun stores and in the parking lots of the gun stores.

This “live feed” was viewed in the offices of the ATF, FBI, and White House as the “ordered gun sales of to be walked guns” took place. Live on T.V.. Holder, ATF brass, and some from the NSC viewed this live. There are records of this in the ATF, FBI and White house logs.

The FBI Director went bat shit nuts angery when he found out that his “FBI informant” was at the meet up of the drugs from Mexico and $ from the U.S. where Brian Terry was shot and killed.

There is great sin and evil within Washington D.C..

Many know of this and many have great fear now, soon the rats will spill into the streets, doing what rats do.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM

I still like the news video where Barry says he knew “nothing about Fast and Furious”. Now, SUDDENLY, all the related documents fall within the purview of Executive Privilege.

So why is Barry protecting something he knew nothing about?

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I particularly admire Issa.

At the end of the day, I’d suspect his committee would’ve had the same documents, as are being leaked to the Gaurdian, since day one.

The whole investigation has been to get DoJ in a bind by lying to Congress. The “Bill Clinton trap” works again.

socalcon on July 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 1:26 PM

It may be quite presumptuous of me but you may want to stop urinating in your shoes, sir.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 17, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Interesting…

Source?

turfmann on July 17, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Issa is taking his time, step by step, closing the trap…but I do wish it would hurry a little, before the election.

What is needed is for the media to finally catch on, and if they sniff a potential Pulitzer, it will be game on.

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

WHICG Mainstream Media News Outlet is Covering This Story?

HOW MANY emails do they have from Conservatives if they are “blacking it out”?

williamg on July 17, 2012 at 3:10 PM

arhooley on July 17, 2012 at 2:42 PM

Good to see you again. Always one of my favorites.

a capella on July 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

…What is needed is for the media to finally catch on, and if they sniff a potential Pulitzer, it will be game on.

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 3:09 PM

Phht. Dream on. The proggies own the committees that decide the awards.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Did the DoJ hide whistleblower memos that prove officials lied to Congress?

This is rhtorical isn’t it?

norm1111 on July 17, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Make that rhetorical..sorry

norm1111 on July 17, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I still like the news video where Barry says he knew “nothing about Fast and Furious”. Now, SUDDENLY, all the related documents fall within the purview of Executive Privilege.

So why is Barry protecting something he knew nothing about?

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 2:55 PM

It was his last and only option. Executive Privilege is a pretty big stretch where DOJ documents are concerned. I believe Issa and Grassley know way more than Holder and Hussein want them to know. Kind of fun watching them tap dance in a mine field blindfolded.

antipc on July 17, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Well, whomever is ‘leaking’ these documents, I have one stern recommendation. Stay away from Ft. Marcy Park.
And Team Romney should weave the subject of F&F into their program as soon as possible so that it might actually be mentioned by the LSM.
Well, we can wish can’t we?

Missilengr on July 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Well, whomever is ‘leaking’ these documents, I have one stern recommendation. Stay away from Ft. Marcy Park.
And Team Romney should weave the subject of F&F into their program as soon as possible so that it might actually be mentioned by the LSM.
Well, we can wish can’t we?

Missilengr on July 17, 2012 at 3:48 PM

The idiot Holder is in more danger than the whistleblowers. Holder knows too much to go under the bus, and he’s too radioactive to keep in office. If the proggies see him as an obstacle to little Bammie’s victory, he’s a goner.

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 3:53 PM

In this country we have due process, laws to abide by… unfortunately it takes time and has to be done legally, but a few more of these disclosures and the administration will be forced to comply.

right2bright on July 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Just imagine a R administration that did this, it will make your head explode at the difference in how it would be handled by the LSM.

Mini-14 on July 17, 2012 at 4:09 PM

goflyers on July 17, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Goflyers, man that is what I’ve been saying all along. Obama is covering up a felony. Murder!

hip shot on July 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Smell that boys, desperation. I like the smell of rats sweltering in their own feces. This whole shebang is coming to a head and then it will be popcorn and a cold beverage of your chosing as the show goes primetime. Just in time for that little thing called an election. If this goes down like I so hope it does I see a 1984 election rematch. 525 to 13.

D-fusit on July 17, 2012 at 4:45 PM

…the letter gives at least one positive argument for the Obama administration — that their pledge to protect whistleblowers was taken seriously within the ATF.

Remember the setup. Fast and Furious was run by DOJ through Dennis Burke, the former Napolitano aide and then the US Attorney Phoenix, not by BATFE headquarters. Burke used SAC Bill Newell and the BATFE Phoenix office assets to run the op, but the normal BATFE chain of command was bypassed. Newell wasn’t telling his bosses what they were up to either, and with good reason. Burke and Newell both understood that BATFE chain of command would never go along with gunwalking. They would also understand the tactic could not possibly advance a single prosecution, and that the cover story about going after cartel kingpins was nonsense. That is why he told Kevin O’Reilly, WH National Security staffer, “Just don’t want ATF HQ to find out, especially since this is what they should be doing (briefing you!).”

So what is happening here is that professional line officers at BATFE are first learning about what Newell and Burke were up to, and just doing what professional LEOs do. The Obama administration deserves no credit for their actions.

novaculus on July 17, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS actually broke the story in the MSM.

She has taken heat from the WhiteHouse for it too.

Nana on July 17, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Since we are discussing criminals related to the Obama regime here, I have a question?

Whatever happened to that little affair with Jon Corzine??

Sherman1864 on July 17, 2012 at 10:27 PM