‘Fast and Furious’ docs reveal Holder was given multiple detailed accounts of gun program

Daily Caller

New Department of Justice documents the House Oversight Committee released  Thursday morning show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed on Operation Fast  and Furious many more times than previously discovered documents suggested. They also show  that Holder was given detailed information on what happened in Fast and  Furious.

These new documents show Holder received information and updates on Fast and  Furious in at least five weekly memos starting in July 2010 — including over  four consecutive weeks last summer.

In summer 2010, Holder received briefing memos from National Drug  Intelligence Center Director Michael Walther on July 5, July 12, July 19, July  26 and August 9. Each briefing memo contains the name “Operation Fast and  Furious.” Each memo also contains a description of what appears to be how  Operation Fast and Furious was conducted.

“This investigation, initiated in September 2009 in conjunction with the Drug  Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Phoenix  Police Department, involved a Phoenix-based firearms trafficking ring headed by  Manuel Celis-Acosta,” each one of those briefings reads. “Celis-Acosta and straw  purchasers are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then  supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”

This new revelation suggests Holder may have withheld information on the  gunrunning program from President Barack Obama. Speaking to reporters Thursday  morning, Obama said Holder has “indicated that he was not aware of what was  happening in Fast and Furious. Certainly, I [Obama] was not [aware].”

“I think both he [Holder] and I would have been very unhappy if somebody had  suggested that guns were allowed to pass through that could’ve been prevented by  the United States of America,” Obama said. “He’s assigned an inspector general,  and I have complete confidence in him, and in that process, to figure out who  was responsible for that decision,” Obama added.

One of these newly released briefing memos — from July 5 — and a November 1,  2010 memo to Holder from Deputy Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the head of the  DOJ Criminal Division, surfaced earlier this week.

In a statement on the newly released documents, House Oversight Committee  Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said he’s worried about Holder’s behavior as head of  the U.S. Justice Department.

“Attorney General Holder has failed to give Congress and the American people  an honest account of what he and other senior Justice Department officials knew  about gun-walking and Operation Fast and Furious,” Issa said in the statement. “The lack of candor and honesty from our nation’s chief law enforcement  officials in this matter is deeply disturbing.”

The new documents directly contradict what Holder told members of Congress at  a May 3 House Judiciary Committee hearing, and what the DOJ has publicly claimed  since documents surfaced earlier this week. Issa has said that Holder is either  incompetent as a leader or has deliberately deceived Congress while under  oath.

Read more:  http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/06/fast-and-furious-docs-reveal-holder-was-given-multiple-detailed-accounts-of-gun-program/#ixzz1a43jfkCM

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