Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley told Attorney General Eric Holder in a new letter that the Justice Department, rather than live up to an agreement to provide full responses to questions about Operation Fast and Furious, is playing disappointing “word games.”
That certainly is not going to surprise Northwest activists who are watching this controversy and discussing it on three different forums, here, here and here.
The joint letter is the latest development in the on-going Congressional probe into the botched gun trafficking sting mounted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. It comes on the heels of Sen. John Cornyn’s blistering criticism of the ATF for announcing “promotions” of three key figures in the operation, discussed by this column here and here, though sources familiar with the ATF announcement say the trio actually got “lateral transfers” and no additional authorities.
We are disappointed that the Department has chosen to play word games rather than simply responding with as much detail as possible….—Darrell Issa and Charles Grassley
Congressional sources told this column that the Justice Department has not lived up to its end of an agreement made weeks ago with Grassley that promised detailed answers to the senator’s questions in exchange for the nomination of James Cole as deputy attorney general to move forward. This column discussed that agreement. Cole was confirmed by the Senate, but the Justice Department, according to today’s Issa/Grassley letter, did not adequately keep its part of the bargain.
In their letter, Issa and Grassley note that the DOJ has asked for transcripts of the private interview between Congressional investigators and Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson, despite an earlier promise that those transcripts would not be immediately sought. However, in a July 21 letter, Holder asked that transcripts be provided to the Justice Department and the Inspector General.
As you know, your agreement with Senator Grassley on proceeding with voluntary interviews of Department personnel stipulated you would not seek “immediate possession of interview transcripts.” One of the many goals served by this provision of our agreement was to accommodate the Department’s concerns about our inquiry providing defense counsel with specious arguments regarding discovery obligations… Additionally, given that Mr. Melson chose to appear outside the presence of Department lawyers, we intend to respect his decision and would hope that you would as well.—Darrell Issa and Charles Grassley
The Justice Department has apparently agreed to provide further information about a specific question related to the recovery of 11 specific instances where a Fast and Furious-related firearm was recovered in connection with a violent crime in this country, but Congressional sources told this column that so far, the information has not been provided.
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