In what Mike Vanderboegh calls the Dirty Dozen (loved that movie!), Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley have sent another letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting documents in reference to 12 people they say at the Justice Department who knew about about Operation Fast and Furious (aka Project Gunwalker) and its implementation.
This was the second letter that Issa and Grassley sent to Eric Holder yesterday. As Matthew Boyle reports in the Daily Caller, their first letter ripped into Holder over skewing potential witnesses (aka witness tampering) by allowing access to sensitive background information.
July 11, 2011
The Honorable Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avennue, NW
Washington DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder:
As our investigation in Operation Fast and Furious has progressed, we have learned that senior officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ), including Senate-confirmed political appointees, were unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program. Therefore it is necessary to review communications between and among these senior officials. As such, please provide all records relating to communications between and among the following individuals regarding Operation Fast and Furious:
1. David Ogden, Former Deputy Attorney General;
2. Gary Grindler, Officer of the Attorney General and former Acting Deputy Attorney General;
3. James Cole, Deputy Attorney General;
4. Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General;
5. Kenneth Blanco, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;
6. Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;
7. John Keeney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;
8. Matt Axelrod, Associate Deputy Attorney General;
9. Ed Siskel, Former Associate Deputy Attorney General;
10. Brad Smith, Office of the Deputy Attorney General;
11. Kevin Carwhile, Section Chief, Capitol Case Unit; and
12. Joseph Cooley, Criminal Fraud Section.
These records should include e-mails, memoranda, briefing papers, and handwritten notes. Additionally, any records related to communications referring to a large firearms trafficking case within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or in Phoenix should be included in any production.
Please provide this information no later than July 18, 2011, at noon. If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Tristan Leavitt in Ranking Member Grassley’s office at (202) 224-5225 or Henry Kerner of Chairman Issa’s Committee staff at (202) 225-5074. I look forward to receiving your response.
Darrell Issa, Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Charles Grassley, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
cc: The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
UPDATE: Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee is reporting that the no. 5 guy on the list, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco is being set up to be the probable “fall guy” for Operation Fast and Furious.
The primary reason, as it always is with anything involving Holder and Obama, is politics. Blanco is not the politico that his superiors are, which is strike one. they look out after theri own, and while Blanco is career, he isn’t apparently an Obamite. He is apparently a decent human being and competent DAAG, according to the source. That’s two strikes against him in an organization as corrupt and politicized as the highest levels of Justice.
Blanco’s third strike happens to be the fact that he was the signing authority that authorized the wiretaps for Fast and Furious.
Let’s hope that like another (formerly) designated fall guy named Kenneth, Mr. Blanco goes to see Chairman Issa with his own attorney.