Without Personal Consequences, Oversight Fast and Furious Report Brings No One Closer to Justice
“Committee releases Fast & Furious report: Obstruction of Congress by the Department of Justice,” a Wednesday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee press release reads. “Documents obtained after years of litigation reveal the full depth of DOJ’s obstructionist tactics.”
The Committee then lists “key takeaways” of the 263-page report, essentially claiming:
- Holder’s DOJ didn’t give a damn about slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family.
- Holder’s DOJ conducted a sham “investigation” designed to spin rather than reveal.
- Holder’s DOJ didn’t give a damn about Congress.
Let me step back for a moment and allow Gomer to weigh in on this:
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The Committee needed more documents to come to those conclusions? Really? And now that they have them, what are they going to do with them?
Are they going to subpoena characters like former National Security Council North American Affairs Director Kevin O’Reilly, rather than lamely accept his refusal to testify on why he requested information from ATF SAC William Newell and was then conveniently assigned out-of-country when questions started being asked? And why that refusal was insisted upon by the then-White House Counsel?
Are they going to do anything to find out what State (Hillary) knew and when it (she) knew it?
Are they planning on directing Holder to testify anew, and leveling any further charges? Like perjury?
Will anyone be held legally accountable for the hundreds of deaths from a cynical program designed, as an ATF insider noted early on, “to pad statistics” (as opposed to the ubiquitous (and demonstrably ridiculous) “botched gun sting” excuse promulgated by the media? Will anyone end up behind bars?
It’s also fair to ask – outside of the Committee – what does President Trump intend to actually do to keep his promise to the Terry family to get to the bottom of this? And will AG Sessions’ self-recusal on this have any impact on that?
If I seem cynical, you’ll either have to forgive me – or not. The record of how this ball got rolling is right here if anyone is interested. Mike Vanderboegh and I were pleading then for Congress and the media to do something meaningful, and people have no idea what that effort actually required and took. I’m tired of pleading. It’s enough that we have been borne out, even if we and a handful are the only ones likely to ever be aware of those efforts.
Even fewer will ever realize that had Oversight not ignored our public pleas from a few years earlier, ATF would have been under scrutiny in 2009, before they ever started sanctioning gunwalking.
Bottom line: If the upshot of all this is words, finger-pointing, political gamesmanship, media placement and no results, this report will be representative of nothing so much as a line from Macbeth:
[I]t is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Prove me wrong, Oversight Committee. I beg you.
NOTE: Some of the links used in this article will be slow-loading. The referenced articles originally appeared on the now-discontinued Examiner.com site and are now only retrievable via the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine.
Here’s the related Committee recording of “Fast and Furious: Six Years Later”:
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