Bombshell Dropped In Fast And Furious Investigation

While the news comes forth that U. S. Attorney Ronald Machen will not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder in regards to the House vote for contempt, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa dropped a bombshell into the Congressional Record.

RollCall reports,

The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.

The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber’s floor.

According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.

Both Holder and Cummings claim that the wiretap applications were reviewed strictly for probable cause, not for whether they followed DOJ policy. They deny that the details that are affirmed in the letter to Cummings.

According to the letter, "The wiretap affidavit details that agents were well aware that large sums of money were being used to purchase a large number of firearms, many of which were flowing across the border."

The application included the details of how many guns were purchased and how many had been recovered in Mexico.

It also described how ATF officials used surveillance to observe gun purchases by suspected straw purchases, but then ended the surveillance without prohibiting the buyer or confiscating the guns.

The application also detailed that though the alleged straw purchasers showed virtually no income in the previous year, they purchase $373,000 worth of guns in cash.

“Although ATF was aware of these facts, no one was arrested, and ATF failed to even approach the straw purchasers. Upon learning these details through its review of this wiretap affidavit, senior Justice Department officials had a duty to stop this operation. Further, failure to do so was a violation of Justice Department policy,” the letter reads.

While thousands of wiretaps are reviewed each year by the DOJ and the applications are written in such a way as to obtain approval.

The good thing in all of this is that Rep. Issa got the information in the record, which was a very clever move on his part.

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  • angel

    Murder charges should be brougt on these two clowns.

  • Mike Travis

    This is NO bombshell! The entire "investigation" is a joke as NOTHING has or will be done to charge both Holdup and O-Vomit with being responsible for the murder of at least two federal agents.

    When both of those criminals are charged with MURDER, then I can see calling it a bombshell. Anything less is business as usual.

  • gypsy314

    Maybe the American people will have justice one day and Holder and his master Obama and a few democrats that are covering this cover up. We must also hold liberal media to account also since the truth means nothing to them or reporting the truth to the American people. We shall see Obama and democrats fall soon enough the truth shall send them packing.

  • isis

    Why doesn't anyone we elected stand up to BO and just say NO. So what if its turned down and your trashed in the lamestream media. Anyone who opposses BO is trashed anyway or Bohner will demote you So..get some guts and take a stand. At the rate its going everyone is going to be NOT re-elected ,,that is if there will be another election allowed.. I beleive the house can start impeachment on BO and go againest Holder. Hey gang its the thought that counts..Like your trying to do something.

  • Joy Stewart

    You go Issa! We need this guy with some balls having even a more important role in Congress! More than just a representative!

  • Don W Boyer

    Holder by any definition was an accessory
    to murder and should be charged with that and brought to trial. Otherwise we will never know the truth about Fast and Furious!!!!

  • Douglas Morris

    an a whole lot of nothin will be done about it...

  • John Brashear

    give these bastards a little more time, they will Hang themselves, and roll over on each other...

  • Debra H

    This is by far the most corrupt White House and administration in history.. I thought Nixon was bad.. Obama has 40 G*d damn tsars running around breaking laws constantly. It is bad enough that he , himself now will hold up the jobs report because of the hurricane.. what a laugh... and now they can't prosecute Holder, who should be hung by his thumbs... this is disgusting!

  • Penny Haulman

    "Natural born citizen" EASY to describe: a presidential candidate must have been born from both parents that were born as natural Americans on America's soil. OBAMAs daddy was a afrikaner, Kenyan terrorist, making barrack Hussain Obama NOT ELIGIBLE to hold the Office of the President of the USA. He is by law an impersonator of American citizenship. Fire the thief!

  • Neal Avery

    If you like Fast and Furious, You'll love Operation Castaway. Same players same agency. Google it, now.

  • Mad Mike

    As a retired, career, police detective sergeant and special operations investigator, I worked with the BATF, DEA and FBI for many years in both narcotics and firearms investigations. Although many tactics are invented and used to further criminal investigations, allowing firearms, military weapons or explosives to "leave the visual custody" of the surveillance team, is not one of them. Law enforcement officers, city, state or federal, are not authorized to commit felony crimes, (such as international gun smuggling), in order to catch criminals or prevent felony crimes. One does not commit a crime to stop a crime. The only obstruction preventing the full investigation of "Fast and Furious" and exposing the full motivation of these crimes, is president Obama and his Attorney General, Eric Holder. Politics trumps the law and justice in Washington, D.C.! This is shameless corruption and a political C.Y.A.!

  • f. lindsay

    that last post wasn't 2 HONEST was it? Because it was NEVER POSTED-

  • Pinky Lee

    I hope that a court order is placed into action and Holder is jailed. That would solve many problems and possibly catch more fish!! I've had my fill of the unlawful actions of our government. There are just too many criminal acts happening in Washington. There is also a large sum of money getting lost somewhere. Also why are we in the civil war in Syria?

  • gadfly32

    The constituton says" the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed". Where does it give Government the right to regulate firearms in any way????
    bear arms means to carry. If we enforce the constitution we get rid of a lot of uaeless laws. Lets enforce the constitution.

  • Bama59

    When, in a few years, all the information about this scheme comes out we will all see it was to propel the idea that the U.S. needs stricter gun control laws. They had to prove that the U.S. was the source of arms for all the killing in Mexico.

  • jammer

    Being that we are actually a dictatorship, what the hell good is it if this is public information? Hitler and his puppets have no intention of following the law, as we know it.

  • John K Thompson

    I can't read the article with the share tweet floating menu. It blocks the text. I'm dropping my subscription as I can't read the blog

  • DC

    For the record, I am a conservative blogger (on their side) but the "Bombshell" article is the worst written piece I've ever read (including all the ones from my first year). Who, What, When, Where, and Why!!!
    Try to simplify. Most people don't have the time to wade through confusing minutia. Make it clear, short, concise, and for God's sake, let people know quickly what side your on, whose the bad guy, and what they did!
    Keep At it! Holder is dirty up to his neck, and needs to be exposed