During the House vote last week that would hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress regarding cooperation in a congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious– Oversight Chairman Darryl Issa added a letter to the congressional record which gave explicit detail of the information contained in wiretap applications that would suggest senior officials at the Department of Justice were well aware of the gunwalking.
“The enclosed wiretap affidavit contains clear information that agents were willfully allowing known straw buyers to acquire firearms for drug cartels and failing to interdict them — in some cases even allowing them to walk to Mexico,” The Hill reports Rep. Issa said in a letter sent to his panel’s ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), which was put into the record on Thursday.
“In particular, the affidavit explicitly describes the most controversial tactic of all: abandoning surveillance of known straw purchasers, resulting in the failure to interdict firearms.”
Despite this, the Department of Justice informed Rep. Issa Friday that they would not be pursuing a prosecution of Holder, with one of Holder’s subordinates Deputy Attorney General James Cole writing to Speaker of the House John Boehner that the attorney general’s failure to turn over duly subpoenaed “Fast and Furious”documents “does not constitute a crime.” Cole went on to cite the president’s invocation of Executive Privilege in its reasoning for not pursuing investigation of Holder.
On “Real News” Monday the panel reviewed the recent developments in the Fast and Furious investigation and controversy surrounding Eric Holder, speculating what could be the reason for inability to find any middle ground between House Republicans and the Department of Justice. How far can this go? Watch a clip from Monday’s show below: