Eric Holder Cleared in Fast and Furious Debacle

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    Eric Holder Cleared in Fast and Furious Debacle




    Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General, was cleared of all implications from the Fast and Furious scandal Wednesday. The Justice Department official appointed by President Obama had been accused of having prior knowledge of a botched gunrunning operation.

    Eric Holder's innocence- or at least ignorance of the operation- was proclaimed by the Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz. His year-long investigation found that subordinates in the Office of the Attorney General did know of Fast and Furious, but that Holder did not.


    "We found no evidence that Department or ATF staff informed Holder about Operation Fast and Furious prior to 2011," read the Inspector General's report. "Our investigation did not identify evidence that contradicted Holder's statements to us regarding his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious and the use of 'gun walking' tactics in that investigation."


    Holder had been lambasted by various Republican politicians for what they saw as hiding information from Congress and others seeking inquiries into Fast and Furious. President Obama's intervention- he used executive privilege to withhold 74,000 documents from Congressional investigators in June- only heightened the scrutiny surrounding Holder and the DOJ's role in the operation. Now that he has been cleared of wrongdoing, the Attorney General is essentially saying "I told you so."


    "The key conclusions (of Horowitz's report) are consistent with what I, and other Justice Department officials, have said for many months now," Holder said in a statement. "The leadership of the Department did not know about or authorize the use of the flawed strategy and tactics; and the Department's leadership did not attempt to cover up information or mislead Congress about it."


    Others are being held accountable for the gunrunning operation that led to an American life- U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry- being taken. Kenneth Melson, the former Acting Director at ATF is retiring, as well as Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. Finally, officials from ATF and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona are also being reviewed.

     
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    I'm so shocked that no wingnuts had already posted this story.

    Shocked, I tell ya!!! :lol:
     
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    So, should we expect the apologies to come pouring in here at the board, and at Republican Party Headquarters (FOXNEWS)? :lol:
     
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    Rightwingers are fucking cowards.

    You couldn't start enough threads accusing AG Holder, but now that he has been vindicated you all hide like a bunch of pussies.
     
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    The truth has most likely been buried. Some kind of National Security issue or it may cause civil unrest. Either way Politicians are corrupt pricks.. we all know it. We pick a side for what ever reason and hope for the best.
     
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    Yes, along with birth certificates and teleprompters, you keep fighting this battle.
     
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    Eric Holder ought to have KNOWN about this operation.

    If he was kept in the dark about it, heads ought to roll.

    If he CHOOSE not to know about it, his head ought to be among them.
     
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    So Holder had no idea what his department was doing. Innocent by reason of incompetence, then.
     
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    Holder didn't know because the operation was started by the Bush Administration, it had undergone a series of name changes and changes of commanding officers. It was one of thousands of things requiring attention in a short period of time. Had Agent Terry not been killed (R.I.P.) then the matter would have in due time been given proper attention and the operation shut down.

    That said, in that the gun was left behind is very suspicious. Why leave an untraceable gun behind? As a plant, to discredit someone that will shut down the operation maybe?
     
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