DOJ to release Obama-era ‘Fast and Furious’ records

March 9, 2018

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After six years of obstruction from the Obama administration and holdovers within the Justice Department, Americans may finally learn the truth about a scandal that’s been tied to the deaths of over 200 people.

Members of the Obama administration who were involved in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm’s ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious should be sweating bullets. The DOJ announced a “conditional settlement agreement” which will force the previous administration to hand over documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

Document dump

The ill-advised covert mission, sponsored by Obama’s DOJ and implemented by the ATF, allowed Arizona gun store owners to sell rifles and pistols to Mexican gang members that the federal government intended to track. The botched operation was exposed after Mexican cartel members used weapons obtained from the operation to kill U.S. Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry.

According to a Judicial Watch report from May 2016, 82 rifles and 12 pistols have been recovered by law enforcement that was identified as part of the “gunrunning” program. Court records indicate that 20 of these weapons were part of “violent recoveries,” including several mass murders.

The settlement agreement was filed in a Washington, D.C. federal court on Wednesday, and later that evening Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided a statement to accompany the news of the document release. He said:

The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law. This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious.

DOJ’s announcement comes after six years of litigation between Congress and the Obama administration. The former president’s DOJ refused to comply with multiple subpoenas originating from the House Oversight committee demanding documents related to Fast and Furious.

A time for reckoning

The Obama administration was so adamant in its refusal to relinquish documents to Congress that Attorney General Eric Holder became the first presidential cabinet member to be held in contempt by the legislature for refusing to comply with document requests.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chaired the House Oversight Committee after the Fast and Furious scandal was exposed, told Fox News on Thursday that he was anxious to see what the Obama administration was desperately concealing for six years. Issa said:

Eric Holder systematically obstructed justice, including carefully making sure that that the (document) search was not thorough enough.

Issa hopes that the recent settlement will expose why Obama “deliberately let 2,000 weapons go into the hands of the worst of the worst cartels.”

The California Republican believes that the documents will also “show us that Eric Holder was very involved in the obstruction of justice — a man who now still proudly says he’s a lawyer and should be disbarred — in fact had an active role in texting, emailing, helping people figure out how not to deliver to Congress what we said we wanted and were lawfully entitled to.”

After the House voted 255-67 to hold Obama’s AG in contempt, Holder responded by calling the legal move “political theater.”

“The man systematically lied, covered it up, and obstructed justice, and he did so with a lot of career professionals, some of whom are still obstructing the attorney general today,” said Issa in a Fox News interview.

Obama and his co-conspirators created the biggest presidential scandal since the Iran-Contra Affair but failed to foresee one eventuality when they so brazenly concealed evidence of their crimes from the American people. They didn’t think that a dark horse Republican candidate divorced from the federal bureaucracy would one day occupy the White House.

Now is their reckoning.

Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is a regular contributor at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Yahoo News.