This has been a long time coming:
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., on Tuesday called for a special prosecutor to investigate the growing “Fast and Furious” scandal, in which the Obama administration allowed guns to walk to Mexico, where they fell into the hands of drug lords and were found at the murder scene of at least one U.S. border agent.
Issa complained in a conference call that, “there is ongoing cover up of a pattern of wrongdoing that can’t be explained by any ordinary people (who tried) to do the right thing but made a mistake.”
The Obama administration has been slow to hand over documents to Issa’s committee, and when they have, they’ve been heavily redacted.
Not only have items been “heavily redacted,” but one ATF agent has been caught on tape suggesting someone go after Sen. Chuck Grassley, who is looking into the scandal in the Senate:
The conversations were recorded by Andre Howard who ran the Lone Wolf Trading Company. Howard’s gun dealership had been cooperating with the ATF in “Fast and Furious.” At least two of his weapons were sold to a straw buyer before turning up later at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Hope MacAllister, the ATF agent heard in the conversations, was the lead case agent.
Dealer: …Holder has to respond to this tomorrow.
Agent: Yeah he’s gonna respond.
Dealer: I know he is. And I can assure you the media isn’t gonna like his response because basically it’s gonna mirror what he’s told Grassley.
Dealer: He can’t deviate.
Agent: Well if, I mean I’ve seen a rough copy at least of what our US Attorney here has sent up. Whether or not he has the b—s to actually use it or not, I doubt it. But I mean it’s pretty aggressive. Um. The way I see it our local US Attorney is extremely aggressive. When it gets to DC…
Dealer: What’s Holders’ office got to say about this?
Agent: Well like I said they’re supposed to come out with little more um b—-y statement than they have in the past, so…
Dealer: God they’re (intell)
Agent: I mean at some point they’re gonna say have to say Grassley you’re just gonna have to sit your a– down. I mean that or they’re gonna have to (unintell). I mean like I said my understanding is he can’t call a hearing. Somebody from the majority party has got to call a congressional hearing and as of right now…
Dealer: Patrick Leahy’s an a—-e, you know that. He gets ahold of something he’s like a dog with a bone.
Agent: As of right now we don’t have any info that’s occurred. So…
Agent: That’s kind of what my suggestion but nobody thought that was funny like if I were a P.I. I’d put him on Grassley, I’m sure there’s a lot would go away. Actually my one suggestion was just tell him in a registered Republican. I’m sure if he knew that everything would be fine, they didn’t like that either.
In yesterday’s conference call, Issa revealed “at least 200 Mexican deaths can now be traced to weapons from the gunwalking program.That number has been revised significantly upward from earlier unofficial claims of approximately 150 deaths attributed to Operation Fast and Furious guns.”
This is a huge scandal that goes directly to the Attorney General’s door.
And on the credit where credit is due, hat’s off to Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News for her coverage of this.