This is an election year and the partisan vote by a House panel to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in the investigation into what has been termed “Fast and Furious,” a gun-tracking operation, could be viewed as a political move. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is seeking additional documents and Holder and the White House have refused the request. The panel voted 23-17 along party lines to hold Holder in contempt.
Federal agents reportedly tried to smuggle guns into Mexico hoping they could lead officers to drug leaders. In the operation, agents lost track of several hundred weapons, one of which was found at the scene of the slaying of a U.S. border agent. The plan was for the agents to intercept the weapons before the drug lords had the weapons in their hands.
The Justice Department has turned over many of the documents in the case but the committee wants more. There also is the allegation that the department gave Congress false information.
The House could vote in the coming week on whether to accept the committee’s vote.
The committee believes the Justice Department and the White House are trying to avoid an embarrassing situation. The Obama people do not want a scandal that would harm the president’s re-election chances.
We don’t know all of the particulars in the “Fast and Furious” operation but it seems poor judgment was used in the “follow the guns” plan to get drug lords. Execution of the plan apparently left something to be desired. The House panel wouldn’t have voted to place the attorney general in contempt if there had been more cooperation. By refusing to turn over more documents leads one to believe a “cover up” is going on, and that raises many questions. Poor judgment!
The question is, just how bad was the operation of “Fast and Furious?”