Lieberman’s Senate Committee Wades In On Fast & Furious
Not What Eric Holder Wanted For Christmas
By Dell Hill via The DC
“Connecticut independent Sen. Joe Lieberman
has directed the staff of the Senate Homeland Security and Government
Affairs Committee, which he chairs, to examine miscommunication between
law enforcement agencies related to the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious.
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Ct)
spokesperson told The Daily Caller Wednesday that Lieberman “believe[s]
that the lack of interagency coordination along the border merits
further examination, and as Chairman of the Homeland Security and
Governmental Affairs Committee, he has directed his staff to follow up
with the relevant federal agencies on that topic.”
and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms
and Explosives, overseen by Holder’s DOJ. It sent thousands of weapons
to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who legally
purchase guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally
trafficking them somewhere else.
least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons,
as was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The identities of the Mexican
victims are unknown.
reports suggest that the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Agency and
Immigration and Customs Enforcement were also involved in some manner or
another with the operation.
For instance, Pajamas Media reported
that the night Terry was killed, an FBI informant was in the drug
cartel rip crew that used Fast and Furious weapons to murder him. Rip
crews are armed groups of bandits who work for specific drug cartels and
try to rob rival cartel shipments and illegal immigrants as they’re
crossing the border.
reports that the DEA also had some knowledge of that drug cartel rip
crew’s whereabouts. Assuming the reports are true, the DEA and the FBI
failed to “deconflict,” or warn other agencies including the Border
Patrol about potentially deadly risks.
Lieberman’s committee now examining Fast and Furious details, that
means two Senate committees are probing the matter — the homeland
security committee and the judiciary committee.
the House side, the oversight and judiciary committees are
investigating the DOJ’s role in Fast and Furious and the homeland
security committee’s subcommittee on oversight has launched an
investigation into the Department of Homeland Security’s role in Fast
and Furious, a spokesperson for subcommittee chairman and Texas Rep.
Michael McCaul confirmed for TheDC.
congressmen, two U.S. senators and two sitting governors have called
for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation over Fast and Furious.
Lieberman has not called on Holder to resign.”
Bottom Line: ...And Lieberman won’t call for Holder to resign...not
until the official reports on various official investigations are in and
carefully reviewed. He’s a very wise man.
for the resignation or impeachment of a government official based on
reports in the media is simply foolish politics. The very same type of
thing happened during the Bush 43 administration (and I’m sure it
happened a number of times prior to that), when off-the-wall charges
were made by the Huffington Post, Time Magazine, MSNBC, editors of the
New York Times, AOL and, of course, the Daily Koz. Some senators and
representatives rose to that bait and made very strong public statements
calling for this one or that one to resign.
makes for good political theater to do so, but absent evidence that can
become part of the Congressional Record, such claims by the media are
just that - unsubstantiated claims. They may turn out to be extremely
accurate, but that’s not the basis upon which to remove someone from
office and the very wise among politicians - like Senator Lieberman -
are keenly aware of that fact.
the list of those calling for Attorney General Eric Holder’s head can
continue to grow to a boisterous crescendo, but it’s highly unlikely
he’ll step down unless and until the evidence against him becomes
And the waiting for the various investigations to be completed will be agonizingly slow.