I am sure that most of you, like me, were completely fixated on the Election Day coverage and monumental results across the country on Tuesday. But in true Obama administration fashion, there was an Election Day dump that cannot be overlooked. That is the release of 64,000+ pages of documents by the Justice Department related to the Fast and Furious scandal.
A brief trip down memory lane on the Fast and Furious scandal: The Arizona field office of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) deliberately allowed the selling of weapons to illegal buyers hoping to track these firearms to the Mexican drug cartels. This gunwalking tactic became known as Operation Fast and Furious and fully started in October 2009. Guns tracked by the ATF as part of this operation started to appear in multiple crime scenes on both sides of the US-Mexico border, most notably at the scene where US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. This prompted Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, to begin investigations into these gunwalking operations.
Obama and his administration immediately fought back. In May 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder stated he only heard about Fast and Furious a few weeks earlier, which would later be refuted by documents back to July 2010 that showed Holder was briefed on this operation. He also made the ludicrous statement that the US was losing the battle to stop the flow of illegal guns into Mexico, while the ATF was actually involved in this flow of guns under his watch as AG. President Obama promised the American people that somebody would be held accountable for this operation, which has yet to happen. These investigations continued with much resistance from the Obama administration. Then in June 2012, Holder became the first sitting member of the Cabinet to be held in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena.
So now fast forward to Tuesday, during the last days of Holder’s tenure as AG and on an Election Day that resulted in a huge loss for Obama and the Democrats. Documents requested years ago were finally released after a federal judge ordered the release. Now of course these documents contained redactions, a form of editing where text is combined and altered slightly, which Issa is looking into the legality of such a process. Odds are this contains information that could implicate or further embarrass the Obama administration. So much for the promise of transparency that Obama made many years ago.
Hopefully these documents and the investigations by Congress will finally succeed in another failed promise from Obama – determine who should be held accountable for the deaths of Americans & Mexicans from this operation and who should be held accountable for allowing such a policy as this to exist.