On Wednesday (March 7, 2018) the Justice Department said that it will turn over documents withheld by former AG Eric Holder, regarding the Fast and Furious scandal that happened during the Obama administration.
To refresh everyone’s memory, the Fast and Furious scandal was a deadly blunder from the get-go. It was an ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms) operation that allowed known criminals to buy guns in the Phoenix, AZ area, that they were supposed to track as they were filtered down to Mexico. But they didn’t track them. Over 1,400 of the 2,000 guns purchased by the known criminals went missing. That’s a 70% failure rate, folks.
Operation Fast and Furious was thrown into the spotlight, when former Marine and Border Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by an illegal immigrant, using one of the weapons that ATF was supposedly tracking as part of the Fast and Furious operation. The cartel member suspected of killing Brian Terry wasn’t apprehended, until 2017.
The Attorney General at the time, Eric Holder, refused to hand over ANY documents to Congress. In fact, he was the first Attorney General in the HISTORY OF CONGRESS to be held in contempt of Congress, for failing to provide any information whatsoever to Congress.
As a Fox News article states, “The Justice Department entered into a conditional settlement agreement with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The settlement agreement was filed in federal court in Washington D.C., and ends six years of litigation arising out of the previous administration’s refusal to produce records requested by the committee.”
“The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement Wednesday. “This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious.”
“For over six years, the House Oversight Committee has fought for additional documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Today, the Committee finally reached a conditional settlement with the Department of Justice,” Amanda Gonzalez, spokeswoman for the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement to Fox News. “The Committee seeks all relevant facts so we can learn from the mistakes made by the Justice Department. We have a responsibility to uncover why they worked so hard to hide this information from the Committee, the family of [slain border patrol agent] Brian Terry, and the American people.”
The Trump administration’s decision came just one day after Terry’s brother urged President Trump to “reopen the books” and get to the bottom of the scandal.
“We need to find out the truth, exactly what happened, how it happened, why it happened,” Kent Terry said on “Fox & Friends” Tuesday. “We need Mr. Trump, President Trump, to unseal the documents, reverse executive privilege so that we know what happened, and that we can hold the people accountable that are responsible.”
Terry, who met Trump on the campaign trail, said the president was “very apologetic for the actions that the previous administration did.”
“He was very sincere about getting answers,” Terry said. “He said it was shameful and that I think Mr. Sessions should step up and re-open the case, re-investigate it and hold those accountable.”
Here is Rep. Issa (R-CA) discussing this new development:
There will be MUCH MORE to report on this, as the documents are released. We need to find out WHY this happened, and WHO made the obscenely reckless decision to give guns to known criminals.