One last note on the new documents.
I think the strongest case that Eric Holder knew the full details of Fast and Furious goes like this: Holder was being briefed on the operation by assistant attorney general Lanny Breuer. Breuer, meanwhile, almost certainly knew that guns were being walked. Here’s an excerpt of an e-mail between two Justice employees:
Do you think we should try to have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case are unsealed? It’s a tricky case given the number of guns that have walked, but it is a significant number of prosecutions.
Therefore, it’s at least reasonable to suspect that Breuer mentioned this fact to Holder at some point.
UPDATE: Okay, one more note. Judging by the CBS anchor’s summary of Justice’s response — they claim that the e-mail concerns events that occurred before Holder was at Justice — it doesn’t hold water. Holder was confirmed in February of 2009. Operation Fast and Furious didn’t start until fall of that year.