Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Dems seek to shift focus of 'gunwalking' probe

Two days before the attorney general is to testify before members of a House of Representatives' Government Oversight Committee, Democrats in the House issued a report today apparently absolving high-level Obama appointees of culpability in the ATF's gunwalking scandal.

President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats issued an 89-page report that said the operations and strategies dated back to the Bush administration and were the brainchild of field agents and prosecutors, not officials at the upper levels of government.
But Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who's been looking into gunwalking for over a year, was quick to dispute the Democrats' claims. In a written release, Grassley said, in part:
“The idea that senior political appointees have clean hands in these gunwalking scandals doesn’t pass the laugh test, especially considering we’ve seen less than 10 percent of the pages that the Justice Department has provided the Inspector General.   They ignored the warning signs and failed to put a stop to it or hold anyone accountable.  Lanny Breuer is a senior political appointee, and he admits to knowing about gunwalking as early as April 2010.  Documents turned over late Friday night indicate he was still discussing plans to let guns cross the border with Mexican officials on the same day the Department denied to me in writing that ATF would ever let guns walk.  He stood mute as this administration fought tooth and nail to keep any of this information from coming out for a year.  It will take a lot more than a knee-jerk defense from their political allies in Congress to restore public trust in the leadership of the Justice Department.  The American people want to see those who failed to act be held accountable.”
Attorney General Holder is scheduled to again appear before the House Oversight Committee on Thursday. With so many documents yet unseen, you'd think the Democrats would at least wait to hear what Holder has to say before coming forward to proclaim their curiosity has been quenched.

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