Posts Tagged ‘Fast and Furious’

Appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder, Jones has been the ATF's acting director since 2011.

Faster and Furiouser? Meet B. Todd Jones, the ATF’s Newest Director

In 2006, Congress ruled the Senate must approve any nominee for director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) before taking on the role. The ATF is responsible for enforcing all federal firearms laws. Including firearms trade, issuing FFLs and tracing firearms, it’s also responsible for reducing gun violence. Naturally, 2A advocates are leery of any Democratic appointee or nominee.

Mitt Romney at campaign stop

Sit Down: Mitt Romney and the NRA-ILA

By Chris Cox, NRA-ILA

This year’s election is going to define the future of our freedom, perhaps more than any other in our history. For gun owners, there are a number of areas crucial to the survival of our Second Amendment rights. That’s why I took the time to visit with Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, to find out precisely where he stands on the issues of concern to gun owners.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

House Holds AG Holder in Contempt of Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Thursday for his role in suppressing and withholding Fast & Furious documents from congressional investigators. The bipartisan vote—255 to 67, with 17 Democrats joining 238 Republicans voting for contempt—marks the first time in history that the U.S. Congress has held an attorney general in contempt.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

The lead investigator, Rep. Darrell Issa of California, heads the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which last week voted to send the contempt citation to the floor of the full House.

Rep. Issa said that he’s committed to fixing the problems related to Operation Fast & Furious—where the Obama administration helped gun smugglers sneak firearms south of the border in an apparent attempt to create a demand for more gun control laws in the U.S.

The National Rifle Association, which contends the government used the operation to promote stricter gun control laws, warned lawmakers last week that it will use the contempt vote to rate lawmakers. The organization’s decision placed added pressure on House Democrats in gun-friendly districts.

Issa told CNN he was surprised that President Obama exerted executive privilege in an attempt to seal up the requested documents. This move, he says, indicates the White House’s role in Fast & Furious “has been greater than previously acknowledged.”

This revelation—that the President himself may have had more intimate knowledge of Fast & Furious—is motivating legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill. The ranking Senator on the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said that he had previously only traced the Fast & Furious program to an assistant attorney general.

But now Grassley says that Obama’s claim of executive privilege “raises the question of what does the president know and when did he know it.”

As we reported earlier, the Gun Owners Foundation has filed suit in the U.S. District Court for DC to compel the Justice Department to produce tens of thousands of documents related to Operation Fast & Furious. If Eric Holder were to refuse the court’s demand for producing documents, then a “contempt of court” citation could land the attorney general in jail.

Attorney General Eric Holder

Breaking News: Attorney General Eric Holder Granted Executive Privilege

This morning marked a disappointing series of events in the controversial Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal. Right before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee met to vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Committee received a letter stating that President Obama had granted executive privilege over the documents the Committee had subpoenaed from the Justice Department.

Attorney General Eric Holder

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee set to Vote on Holding Eric Holder in Contempt

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has set a vote for Wednesday, June 20, 2012 to decide whether or not to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with a subpoena to hand over documents related to Fast and Furious. Eric Holder has had longer than seven months to comply with the October 12, 2011 subpoena. Twenty-two document categories were requested. The Justice Department has failed to hand over 12 of those requested categories. In letters to the Committee, the Justice Department has refused handing over the documents, stating that the documents contain sensitive material, protection for on-going investigations, and that the department cannot meet the deadline set by the Committee.

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy (left) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa.

SC Rep. Gowdy: Obama May Fire AG Holder over Fast and Furious Scandal

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has said that he thinks President Barack Obama may end up firing Attorney General Eric Holder before the 2012 election. Gowdy is an outspoken Congressional critic of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, and Gowdy said that he, Rep. Darrell Issa, and others pushing for accountability on Operation Fast and Furious will not stop until they get all the answers.

Issa not impressed

Eric Holder Testifies Again, More Politicians Call For His Job, $25 Million Lawsuit Filed Against BATFE

Attorney General Eric Holder testified in front of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform today as the “gunwalking” scandal surrounding the failed Operation Fast and Furious entered a new stage. Chairman Darrell Issa and other Republicans grilled Holder for stonewalling their attempts to get to the bottom of what happened. Under Holder, the Justice Department has only released 8% of the documents demanded by Congress and has refused to allow investigators access to witnesses who participated in the operation. Congress has been denied interviews with 48 Justice Department officials regarding Fast and Furious, including one who plead the 5th Amendment after being subpoenaed.