• The Heritage Network
    • Resize:
    • A
    • A
    • A
  • Donate
  • DOJ Memos Show Holder Was Briefed on Fast and Furious in July 2010

    Justice Department memos obtained by CBS News show that Attorney General Eric Holder was aware of a controversial cross-border law enforcement operation in July 2010 – nearly a year earlier than he had previously acknowledged. Holder told congressional investigators in May that he had first heard of the operation only weeks before.

    Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee in May 2011, Holder said that he had “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” The Fast and Furious operation allowed “straw buyers” – cartel operatives who supply them with American-bought firearms – to purchase weapons in the United States, then transport them to Mexican drug cartels across the border. Of the 2,000 weapons sold to straw buyers, roughly 1,500 remain unaccounted for.

    CBS News notes that the pair of memos “directly contradicts [Holder's] statement to Congress.”

    On July 9, 2010, Michael Walther, director of DOJ’s National Drug Intelligence Center, briefed Holder on Fast and Furious, which he mentioned by name, according to one of the memos. The operation “involves a Phoenix-based firearms trafficking ring,” Walther wrote, and an unidentified number of “straw purchasers,” who “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican trafficking cartels.”

    Four months later Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads DOJ’s criminal division, informed Holder of eight arrests relating to Fast and Furious, which he also referred to by name.

    “The Justice Department told CBS News that the officials in those emails were talking about a different case started before Eric Holder became Attorney General,” the network reported. “And tonight they tell CBS News, Holder misunderstood that question from the committee – he did know about Fast and Furious – just not the details.”

    (Hat-tip: Matt Boyle)

    Posted in Scribe [slideshow_deploy]

    8 Responses to DOJ Memos Show Holder Was Briefed on Fast and Furious in July 2010

    1. Luis Chavez says:

      Disgraceful! I wonder if la raza is going to get bent out of shape over their politicians responsible for killing mexicans, or if unions are going to raise hell because their government was responsible for the killing of a government employee

    2. carol,az says:

      Should this surprise anyone.
      Now what are we going to do about another home-grown traitor America?

    3. The Skip says:

      No, I did know we had homework but my dog ate it.

    4. The Skip says:

      No, I know we had homework but my dog ate mine. This is a blatant lie and NO ONE is talking about this. It is scary how Americans are being killed with these weapons, the DoJ is trying to cover it up, no one is taking responsibility for it , and yet you don't hear a thing about this. This administration has gone far enough. It's up to us to vote them all out.

    5. John says:

      I hope it implodes soon. I'm ready to start laughing.

    6. Bobbie says:

      this stupidity, incompetence, intentional danger is unacceptable in American leadership. accountability and arrests need to be made asap!!

    7. Frank says:

      Just how longer are we to put up with the s–t from Obama ??? and the dems. Had this been the other party these Obama idiots, Pelopsi, and Reid would be all over it !!! I fault this OTHER party (RINOs) just
      as much as the dems. They ALL shoud be charged with TREASON.

    8. Woody says:

      It ils amazing how this bunch was put into office. The Americans who voted for Obama should feel ashamed

    Comments are subject to approval and moderation. We remind everyone that The Heritage Foundation promotes a civil society where ideas and debate flourish. Please be respectful of each other and the subjects of any criticism. While we may not always agree on policy, we should all agree that being appropriately informed is everyone's intention visiting this site. Profanity, lewdness, personal attacks, and other forms of incivility will not be tolerated. Please keep your thoughts brief and avoid ALL CAPS. While we respect your first amendment rights, we are obligated to our readers to maintain these standards. Thanks for joining the conversation.

    Big Government Is NOT the Answer

    Your tax dollars are being spent on programs that we really don't need.

    I Agree I Disagree ×

    Get Heritage In Your Inbox — FREE!

    Heritage Foundation e-mails keep you updated on the ongoing policy battles in Washington and around the country.

    ×