Obama Admin Forced to Share Documents
Governments aren’t exactly known for their efficiency, but the Obama administration struck an all-time low when it “accidentally” sold 2,000 guns to a Mexican cartel.
The Department of Justice has been at war with Congress ever since that operation, known as “Fast and Furious,” went sour. The sting operation was supposed to help dug enforcement officials track leaders of the Mexican cartels.
It was a complete and utter failure. Not only did the agencies fail to locate any of drug kingpins, but they lost all 2,000 weapons.
Now a new set of documents reveal the Obama administration’s attempts to cover up the program’s catastrophic failure. (Source: “New Fast and Furious Documents Reveal DOJ’s Efforts to Obstruct Congressional Investigation,” House Oversight Committee, April 14, 2016.)
But no amount of whitewashing can erase the fact that two of the “Fast and Furious” weapons were found beside a U.S. Border Patrol agent. His name was Brian Terry and he was murdered by Mexican drug lords.
How is it possible that a Mexican cartel, armed with U.S. government weapons, was able to shoot and kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent? Sadly, we may never know.
The Obama administration has continually blocked efforts to figure out what happened. Before handing over documents to Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder actually wrote an e-mail to his senior staff saying “this isn’t about facts.” (Source: Ibid.)
Holder has repeatedly accused the committee investigating him of being politically motivated, arguing that the Justice Department handed over tens of thousands of documents.
However, many of those pages are blacked-out, many of them were duplicates, and many of them were only handed over after a federal judge ordered the Justice Department to cooperate with the investigation.
Put simply, the Obama administration was stonewalling Congress. One of Holder’s lieutenants even removed friendly language from a letter to lawmakers, saying, “I’d stay away from the representation that we’ll fully cooperate in the future.” (Source: Ibid.)
With so much evidence in print, it seemed odd that Obama was determined not to hand over the documents. He claimed the papers were protected by “executive privilege,” yet a federal judge obviously thought otherwise.
“Calculated efforts were made by senior DOJ officials to obstruct Congress,” said Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Government Oversight Committee. “These documents illustrate the lengths to which this administration went in order to limit and block access to subpoenaed information.” (Source: Ibid.)