Eric Holder: “Fast and Furious” Emails Doesn’t Mean Operation Fast and Furious
posted at 9:08 am on June 8, 2012 by Rovin
In Mr. Holder’s latest round of testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, the Attorney General “noted for the record” that the internal emails that directly mentions Fast and Furious, does not mean Fast and Furious……it only means/refers to Wide Receiver:
(CNSNews.com) – Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony today that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase “Fast and Furious” do not refer to the controversial gun-walking operation Fast and Furious.
Under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who read excerpts of the emails at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight, Holder claimed that the phrase “Fast and Furious” did not refer to Fast and Furious but instead referred to another gun-walking operation known as “Wide Receiver.”
However, the emails refer to both programs — “Fast and Furious” and the “Tucson case,” from where Wide Receiver was launched — and reveal Justice Department officials discussing how to handle media scrutiny when both operations become public.
Three emails all refer to both programs, but Mr. Holder appears to only see one.
Among three of the emails (see Jason Weinstein Email Fast, Furious.pdf), the second, dated “October 17, 2010 11:07 PM,” was sent by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein to James Trusty and it states: “Do you think we should have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case [Wide Receiver] are unsealed? It’s a tricky case, given the number of guns that have walked, but it is a significant set of prosecutions.” Read all three emails at the CNS News link.
But, of course, this all refers to WIDE RECEIVER, says Mr. Obama’s quarterback:
Holder told the committee: “That refers to Wide Receiver, not to Fast and Furious. The e-mail that you [Rep. Chaffetz] just read [between Trusty and Weinstein] – now this is important – that email referred to Wide Receiver, it did not refer to Fast and Furious. That has to be noted for the record.”
Chaffetz, after a long pause, said, “No, it doesn’t. It says Fast and Furious. ‘Do you think we should have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case [Wide Receiver] are unsealed?’ It’s specific to Fast and Furious. That is not true, Mr. Attorney General. I’m happy to share it with you.”
Why Mr. Chaffetz can’t/won’t just call this what it is…..another futile attempt by Holder pretend that he “wasn’t in the game”, just boggles the mind. Clinton’s famous “is” is has some new company.