Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Holder subpoenaed in Fast & Furious case

Finally! Fox reports:

The subpoena seeks, among other things, all communications regarding the operation from 16 top Justice officials, including Holder, his chief of staff, Gary Grindler, and the head of the department’s criminal division, Lanny Breuer, as well as correspondence on specific dates to and from the former head of the ATF’s Phoenix field division, William Newell.

It also asks for all documents and communications referring or relating to the murder of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, including any correspondence outlining the details of Zapata’s mission at the time he was murdered.

Congressional investigators are demanding information regarding the investigation into the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Two guns found at Terry’s crime scene were linked to the failed operation that allowed more than 2,000 weapons to “walk.”

The subpoena also asks for correspondence that Justice Department officials had with the White House about the gun trafficking operation, as well as what information was shared by Justice officials in Mexico.

This second subpoena follows the first one issued in March to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Asked about the development Tuesday, Holder said his department “will undoubtedly comply with them,” noting that Justice officials have already sent “thousands of pages of documents up to the Hill.”

But Holder wouldn’t answer whether he or anyone else at the department knew about the controversial tactics.

Holder thought that he could sidestep the issue of Fast & Furious, as well as the ensuing subpoenas announced yesterday, by using a press conference on a thwarted terrorist plot, that although significant, was a two-week old story that they just decided to release yesterday as cover from the gunrunner scandal.  Thank you for doing your jobs, State Department and you've been served, Mr. Holder.

ADDENDUM: Here's a link to more details on those subpoenas.

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