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Boom: Congressional Investigators Find Evidence of a Gunwalker Coverup

posted at 9:00 pm on September 1, 2011 by

You’ve got to give CBS credit on two fronts: they’ve doggedly pursued the biggest DC scandal since Watergate and they fired Dan Rather.

Congressional investigators tell CBS News there’s evidence the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona sought to cover up a link between their controversial gunwalking operation known as “Fast and Furious” and the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Terry was murdered in Arizona near the US border last December. Two assault rifles ATF had allegedly allowed onto the street without interdiction were found at the scene…

…the lead prosecutor on Fast and Furious, Assistant US Attorney Emory Hurley, learned almost immediately that guns allowed onto the street in his case, had been recovered at Terry’s murder. “(I)n the hours after Agent Terry’s death,” says the letter from Grassley and Issa, Hurley apparently “contemplated the connection between the two cases and sought to prevent the connection from being disclosed.” The Justice Department recently transferred Hurley out of the criminal division into the civil division…

An internal ATF email dated the day after Terry’s death reveals the quick decision to not disclose the source of the weapons found at the murder scene: “… this way we do not divulge our current case (Fast and Furious) or the Border Patrol shooting case.”

Another ATF email indicates that the justification both offices used to not charge the suspect with crimes related to the murder scene “was to not ‘complicate’ the FBI’s investigation.”

ATF whistleblowers revealed the link between the two cases to Congressional investigators and CBS News, saying their supervisors were attempting to cover it up.

To their credit, Reps. Grassley and Issa have announced they are expanding the Gunrunner investigation. Particularly galling:

…a court filing by the Phoenix office seeking to deny Mr. Terry’s family rights under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, and expressed concerns about conflicts of interest in prosecuting the Terry case. “Since your office directed and approved the daily tactical decisions in Operation Fast and Furious, it is hard to avoid the perception that a conflict of interest exists,” the two wrote.

What did Eric Holder know — and when did he know it?

And just how high does the coverup go?

08/28/11: Heard about the New Mexico city officials smuggling guns to drug cartels in U.S. police cars?
07/17/11: ATF facilitated sales of guns to cartel members, who were actually FBI informants using taxpayer money
07/12/11: More proof that Holder lied and people died

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eric holder must go….NOW

cmsinaz on September 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

I don’t even think it matters at this point what Holder knew or when- it’s his DoJ and he’s ultimately responsible. That being said, as soon as the Terry case occurred, Holder had to have been informed- if there was a cover up, Holder had to of known and/or approved of the actions.

BKeyser on September 1, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I’ve no doubts this goes all the way to the Oval Office. This entire thing is disgusting, and putrid. For all the lefts spouting about how pure, how good, how above the fray they are…they certainly seem to be finding themselves the slime under the rocks lately. And this is just the stuff we DO know about.

I’m sure there’s more out there that we don’t know. Yet!!!

capejasmine on September 1, 2011 at 10:17 PM

eric holder must go….NOW

cmsinaz on September 1, 2011 at 9:32 PM

Rather see him frog marched and eventually executed than just simply resign.

astonerii on September 1, 2011 at 10:44 PM

This will be Bush’s fault to some capacity.

tomas on September 2, 2011 at 7:17 AM

astonerii on September 1, 2011 at 10:44 PM

works for me as well…

cmsinaz on September 2, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Is there any doubt what was going on? OblameO’s assault on the Second Amendment.

tarpon on September 2, 2011 at 8:17 AM

What does the President know and when did he know it?

batterup on September 2, 2011 at 11:18 AM

How high? Right to the foot of the throne of The One.

njcommuter on September 2, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Jugeared Jesus has another quandary:

Who to throw under the bus next?

Poor man doesn’t get any respect?

I wonder why.//////////////////////////

hillbillyjim on September 2, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Remember, no one got killed during “Watergate”.

hillbillyjim on September 2, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Why does everyone have to try to minimize this?

Did Watergate involve an act of war against an allied country? Seriously?

Because that’s what it is when you arm insurgents in someone else’s country, insurgents who attack and kill people in their country, including public officials.

Merovign on September 3, 2011 at 9:11 PM