ATF Fast and Furious: Memos Show Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder Knew of Fast & Furious in 2010
Posted by FactReal on October 3, 2011
|ANOTHER SCANDAL FROM THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION
Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder said he heard about Operation Fast and Furious for the first time in April 2011, but newly released memos show Holder was briefed in 2010 about Fast and Furious — the 2009 program launched by the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) in conjunction with the Justice Department that allowed suspected traffickers to purchase US guns in hopes that suspects would lead them to the Mexican cartels. The operation was a failure and thousands of weapons were reportedly allowed to cross the border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
|WASHINGTON – New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.
On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “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.”
Yet internal Justice Department documents show that at least ten months before that hearing, Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing Fast and Furious.
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The documents came from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.
In Fast and Furious, ATF agents allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to cross the border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.