“Eric Holder systematically obstructed justice”, Rep. Darrell Issa…
(CNS News) In a move toward “transparency,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced on Wednesday that the Justice Department will finally give the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee documents related to the Obama-era “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal.
The announcement follows six years of litigation stemming from the Obama administration’s refusal to hand over all of the documents subpoenaed by the committee.
“The Department of Justice under my watch is committed to transparency and the rule of law,” Sessions said in a news release. “This settlement agreement is an important step to make sure that the public finally receives all the facts related to Operation Fast and Furious.”
In June 2012, then-Attorney General Eric Holder became the first Cabinet member to be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to release documents relating to the scheme where guns purchased in the United States were allowed to flow into Mexico for purposes of tracking them to Mexican cartels.
The tracking did not work, as was tragically demonstrated in 2010 when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with a gun sent to Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) chaired the House Oversight Committee during the gun-walking investigation…
“Eric Holder systematically obstructed justice, including carefully making sure that that the (document) search was not thorough enough,” Issa said. He believes that some of the documents withheld by Holder — who claimed executive privilege — may explain why the Obama administration “deliberately let 2,000 weapons go into the hands of the worst of the worst cartels…”