House Oversight Committee Chairman Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Chuck Grassley have written the first of three reports, detailing what the government knows about the outrageous scandal that has rocked Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Despite Holder’s refusal to cooperate, the committee has compiled a 211-page report on the ATF and Justice Department’s wrongdoing in the Fast and Furious scandal that put thousands of firearms in the hands of Mexican cartels and left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead. As this is the first of three reports, I eagerly anticipate it’s sequel like a teen girl awaiting the next “Twilight”.
The report is one step further to seeing justice done. The report outlined five main ATF culprits who are to blame for the false-flag operation being billed as a “botched” ATF operation. They are William Newell, the special agent in charge of the phoenix field division,William McMahon, Newell’s supervisor who was ATF’s deputy assistant director for field operations, Mark Chait, McMahon’s supervisor who was ATF’s assistant director for field operations, William Hoover, ATF’s former deputy director and Kenneth Melson, former acting ATF director.
All five of the ATF’s “Filthy Five” have been exiled to other posts in the ATF or the Justice Department, undoubtedly to weather the storm in the hopes that our short collective memory forgets our government’s betrayal.
Issa and Grassley have claimed that the next report will detail the Justice Department and Obama Administration’s were involved in both the scandal and the subsequent cover-up. It will detail the “Devastating failure of supervision and leadership by officials at Justice Department headquarters, principally within the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and within the Criminal Division.”
The third, and final, report will detail, “The unprecedented obstruction of the investigation by the highest levels of the Justice Department, including the Attorney General himself.” Of course, the third installment will only be released after the Justice Department accepts reality and cooperates with Congress. Hopefully that will be sooner rather than later, I would love the trilogy leather-bound for Christmas.
However, it seems I got a present early! ATF spokesman Drew Wade announced that William Hoover, ATF’s Former Deputy Director has resigned in the wake of the scandal. Wade has not discussed whether or not Congress’ report has had anything to do with the resignation, nor has Wade discussed the possibility of the other four resigning, but we will take the victory.
And then there were four…
The resignation in the midst of a political scandal has become the political coward’s way out. With troops closing in, options have become fewer and future resignations are sure to come. The best part about this resignation is that the falling of high-level conspirators in Watergate precipitated the complete implosion of the house of cards. While I do not yet know if we will be lucky enough to see lightning strike twice, it certainly seems like a storm is brewing, and much to the Obama administration’s displeasure, this scandal is not going away.
Of course, the best way to ensure that this scandal gets the attention it deserves is to demand our government pursue justice. While it is great Hoover has resigned, and it could spell the beginning of the end for the main perpetrators of this scandal, we need to stay vigilant in our calls for the prosecution of Eric Holder. Please visit TheTeaParty.net to sign a petition to demand Holder’s prosecution. When you sign, letters are sent to your Congressman and Senators, voicing your demands. Over 534,000 letters have been sent out so far!