Gunrunner: Federal agencies knew about Fast and Furious in 2009, but Eric Holder didn’t?
Eric Holder’s defense in sworn testimony about the deadly Operation Fast and Furious scandal has been this: The operation was conceived and carried out at lower levels in the Arizona ATF by rogue agents and that he–and the “Justice” Department–had nothing to do with, and was not aware that, guns were being allowed to walk into Mexico by the United States government.
But according to this article a former DEA official is making a claim that seems to contradict what Eric Holder is claiming is the truth about Operation Fast and Furious:
He now states that his agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were not only aware of the gunwalking plot, but that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were actively interdicting the plot, confiscating weapons the ATF was walking to Mexican narco-terrorists:
“In 2009, 2010, I became aware that ATF was walking guns into Mexico,” Coulson said. “I also learned that Homeland Security Investigations, then ICE, actually interceded on more than one occasion where they seized weapons at the ports of entry when they were heading southbound contrary to ATF’s plans.”
There was serious friction, Coulson claims, between ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) and the ATF in Phoenix. When Coulson took the gun walking to his bosses in Phoenix, he was told the lead law enforcement official in Arizona — U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke — was already aware of it.
So the DEA, ICE, and DHS all knew about this operation and yet we are to believe that this was something that was localized to Arizona authorities unbeknownst to the “Justice” Department?
I would say Eric Holder’s defense is unravelling, but it wasn’t believable in the first place.