First, a bit of background. Wide Receiver was a Bush administration program wherein the ATF fitted guns with RFID tags and then allowed the guns to be sold to known gun runners. The RFID tags should have allowed the ATF to track the guns to their final destination so that a bust could be made. However, the gunrunners soon got wind of the program and found ways to disable the RFID tags. When the Bush administration realized that their plan was not working and the guns were unintentionally being allowed to walk, they quickly pulled the plug on Wide Receiver. This occurred in 2007, long before Obama came to office.
Attorney General Eric Holder and his minions have continually tried to divert attention from Fast and Furious, which intentionally allowed guns to walk into Mexico, by claiming that the true gunwalking scandal was Wide Receiver, and that if any guns indeed walked in Fast and Furious, it was only because they were following the precedent set by the Bush administration. That is, they are saying it is all Bush’s fault. For example, in November, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer testified to Congress that,
[H]e knew U.S. agents were letting thousands of guns sold in the U.S. fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
But Breuer says the controversial “gun walking” tactics he learned about in April 2010 weren’t part of “Operation Fast and Furious,” but rather a previous investigation during the Bush administration called “Wider [sic] Receiver.”
This line of defense has been totally discredited, but Holder and the Department of Justice are still bitterly clinging to it. In a congressional hearing this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) confronted Holder with an exchange of e-mails between DOJ employee James Trusty and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein:
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.”
This now seems to be the standard refrain from the Obama administration: Who are you going to believe, me or your own lying eyes?
Meanwhile, hundreds of Mexicans and two US federal agents were murdered with guns from Fast and Furious, a program which produced no major indictments but spurred a bloody crime wave in Mexico and along the US border.
How much longer are we going to have to wait before the people responsible for this are put in jail?
Here is a video of the exchange:
- Shocking: Eric Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation ‘Fast and Furious’ (bluegrasspundit.com)
- Holder: Those Emails Referencing ‘Fast and Furious’ Weren’t Talking About ‘Fast and Furious’ (lonelyconservative.com)
- Eric Holder on Fast & Furious – I Know Nothing, I Remember Nothing… (independentsentinel.com)
- Holder Dodges Fast and Furiously (powerlineblog.com)