More Holder Memos

From a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform press release:

Senator Chuck Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa today said that Attorney General Eric Holder received at least five weekly memos beginning in July 2010, including four weeks in a row, describing the ill-advised strategy known as Operation Fast and Furious.  The memos were to Holder from Michael Walther, the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center.

The Attorney General told Issa during a House Judiciary Committee in May 2011 that he had just learned of Fast and Furious a few weeks before.  Yet, on January 31, in a previously scheduled meeting, Grassley personally handed him two letters about Fast and Furious. Grassley and Issa said they find it very troubling that Holder actually knew of Operation Fast and Furious much earlier, and in greater detail than he ever let on.

The memos specifically said that the straw buyers were “responsible for the purchase of 1500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”

Once again, we have evidence that Holder knew something about Fast and Furious — but once again, the evidence does not prove he knew that guns were being “walked,” which is the reason Fast and Furious was an “ill-advised strategy.”

Also, all of the new memos — single paragraphs about Fast and Furious among similar chunks of text about other programs, if I’m interpreting the patches of censored information correctly — are practically the same words with different dates on them.

Finally, a language note: A lot of these early memos refer to the operation as “Fast and the Furious,” with an article that was apparently later dropped before “Furious” but not “Fast.”

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