The Four Scandals of barack obama — Part 1: Fast and Furious

As obama’s perpetual campaign kicks into high gear, four potential scandals loom on the horizon that may well derail his reelection hopes and, in a just world, lead to impeachment.

As the most corrupt president since Richard Nixon, it’s no surprise that obama and his administration are neck-deep in scandal.  What’s astonishing is how this Chicago thug has gotten away scot-free for so long.  Yet obama’s decades’ long crime spree may be nearing an end.  This year, ongoing investigations, led primarily by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley, promise to turn Fast and Furious, Lightsquared, Solyndra, and SIGA into household names for Americans, and into “Watergates” for obama.

Scandal # 1 — Fast and Furious

Background

On December 14, 2010, Brian Terry, a federal Customs and Border Protection agent, was shot and killed while battling Mexican drug runners.  It turned out that two of the assault rifles used in the shoot-out had made their way into the hands of the gangsters as part of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (“ATF”) operation known ludicrously as “Fast and Furious” (“F&F”).  Not to be confused with the Vin Diesel franchise, F&F attempted to trace gun purchases back to Mexican drug cartel kingpins by letting guns “walk across the border.”  A lot of guns.  Two thousand guns.  Dealers along the border were told by ATF to ignore background checks and sell weapons to known criminals.

The gun dealers’ reservations about this scheme are on record.  The ATF agents’ reservations  are on record.  And, indeed, it was a stupid plan, with too many guns delivered into the hands of vicious criminals. It sparked unprecedented levels of drug running violence, and it got Brian Terry killed.

The Plot Thickens

But it gets worse.

On February 4, 2011, in a letter to Grassley, Assistant Attorney General Ron Weich wrote

The allegation … that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them to Mexico — is false… ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.

When summoned before Congress on May 3rd, 2011, AG Eric Holder insisted

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.

In his June 15, 2011 testimony before Congress, Weich continued to insist that  “[t]he Attorney General … has taken very seriously allegations that firearms … were intentionally allowed “to walk” into Mexico,” had ordered an internal investigation into the matter, and “also has reiterated to Department law enforcement personnel that they are not knowingly to allow any firearms to be illegally transported into Mexico for any reason.”

Too bad for John Mitchell Eric Holder that his subpoenaed emails reveal he’d been receiving weekly updates on F&F since at least July 5th, 2010. Eric, when an AG to perjures himself, it’s not just embarrassing, it’s a felony.

The White House Connection

Last September, Issa & Grassley announced they were expanding their investigation to include three White House staffers, including a Special Assistant to The President, who had been “provided regular updates” on F&F “as early as Summer of 2010.”

The White House swears they were merely “briefed on the toplines”; that no one ever knew “about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk.”  The name “Fast and Furious” was never even mentioned, the White House noted, until after the investigations began.

Yet these updates did speak of a “GRIT Surge Phoenix,” (Gun Runner Impact Teams), and noted the many ATF agents temporarily transferred to work on “firearms trafficking investigations with direct links to Mexican” cartels.

What Lies Ahead

F&F guns have now been linked to eleven other crimes.  The regional ATF chief who ran F&F was sacked, then the director of ATF was forced to resign.

The New York Times revealed last month that undercover DEA agents were involved in smuggling transport millions of dollars in cash across the border in a related “money-walking” scheme aimed at studying and disrupting drug trafficking routes.  And now it seems that at least some of the “straw” buyers in F&F were paid FBI informants.

Several GOP congressmen are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Holder perjured himself.  Over fifty have signed a letter asking Holder to resign.  The lame excuses of Holder and the White House, to the effect of ‘oh, that was a different gun-walking operation we were discussing in those emails’, doesn’t help them.

Expect Issa & Grassely to make the public flaying of Holder long and painful, eventually forcing Holder to resign or face perjury charges.  Many believe obama was also “complicit” in F&F, but Holder will likely fall on his sword rather than rat on the godfather of his crime family betray his president.


Up Next — Lightsquared.


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7 Responses to The Four Scandals of barack obama — Part 1: Fast and Furious

  1. Lulu says:

    Great summary. This is the scandal that I understand the least. One of the primary actors is Asst. Attorney General Lanny Breuer who was one of the first appointees of this administration in January 2009. His biography from his law firm is very telling. “According to his law firm bio, Breuer is presently co-chair of Covington & Burling’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group, where he specializes in white collar criminal and complex civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, congressional investigations and antitrust cartel proceedings.” Yes he has experience with Congressional investigations but he doesn’t seem to be very good at it. And he writes Holders briefings that he does not read.

  2. socalannie says:

    I admit, I haven’t paid much attention to this, so thanks for this very interesting and well laid out post. I’m no fan of Issa or Grassley though.

    • tamerlane says:

      No, Issa is a sleaze, but the dems aren’t willing to investigate.

      • Lulu says:

        Issa and Grassley are both sleazes, but I get the impression that Issa particularly views this entire fiasco as orchestrating murder. His contempt is real for whatever reason.

        • tamerlane says:

          The only defense of obama so far has been, ‘well those GOP congressmen take campaign contributions, too.’ in other words, ‘two wrongs make a right.’ I will welcome any investigation by anyone into these heinous scandals.

  3. HT says:

    Geez, this takes me back years – to Ollie North. Wonder why? Well done.

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