WASHINGTON, July 1, 2016 — Their inability to get to the bottom of any Obama administration scandal makes one wonder what kind of students congressional Republicans were back in law school.
We don’t need to wonder about the intrepid legal beagles at Judicial Watch. They obtained a report filed by an agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) that said that one of the weapons recovered from last November’s ISIS-inspired attacks in Paris was among the many originally sold to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s Sinaloa drug cartel as part of the Obama Administration’s disastrous Operation Fast and Furious.
A law enforcement source told Judicial Watch,
“ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the [original U.S.] gun owner’s identity was ‘kept quiet’ and that agents did not ‘anger the seller to prevent him from going public.'”
You may recall that part of the plan to keep the weapon owner’s identity “quiet” and not “anger” its seller involved President Obama invoking executive privilege.
Five months before the 2012 presidential election, a New York Times lead editorial denounced House Republicans for engaging in “A Pointless Partisan Fight” on this issue.
At that time, House Republicans had declared then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress and passed a resolution ordering the United States attorney for the District of Columbia to proceed “in the manner and form provided by law” against Holder for his refusal to comply with subpoenas issued by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
But the U.S. attorneys serve at the pleasure of both the president as well as his man at the Department of Justice (DOJ).
The Times insisted that facilitating the sale of thousands of illegal weapons to one of Mexico’s deadly narco-trafficking organizations was just a “routine matter” that fussbudget Republicans had turned into a “pointless constitutional confrontation,” one that threatened to “jeopardize criminal investigations and the confidentiality of the [Justice] department’s decision-making process.”
In 2011, attorneys representing captured Sinaloa Cartel member Jesus Vincente Zambada-Niebla submitted a motion in U.S. District Court insisting their client was covered by an existing immunity deal with the Obama administration:
“Weapons received by Sinaloa Cartel members and its leaders in Operation Fast & Furious were provided under the agreement entered into between the United States government and … the documentation will also provide evidence showing that the United States government has a policy and pattern of providing benefits, including immunity, to cartel leaders … who are willing to provide information against rival drug cartels.”
The motion was denied.
Revealing the details of the arrangement alluded to by Zambada-Niebla’s lawyers, in open court no less, would have upended what the Times called Holder’s “decision-making process.”
Eventually, the White House had no choice but to invoke “executive privilege to make a political problem go away,” said the Times.
Leave it to the prime mover of American “journalism” to refer to Operation Fast and Furious as no more than a “political problem.” As a result of that “political problem,” hundreds of innocent Mexicans lost their lives under the blinding muzzle-flashes of Fast and Furious weapons.
The first known American victim of this fiasco was U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, gunned down by Mexican gangsters as he attempted to secure his section of America’s porous southern border, a border whose undermining has been a major priority of the Obama Administration.
A statement from the Terry Family read, “Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s’ assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy.”
Kent Terry, the father of the murdered border agent, was less formal and far more blunt when speaking to Fox News on the subject: “They’re lying,” he said of the Obama administration. “I just know that they’re hiding something big.”
And, of course, he was right.
The “hiding” Terry spoke of was made possible thanks to the efforts of the Times to label all attempts to get at the truth as “pointless” partisanship while tagging the Obama Administration’s gun-running operation as nothing more than a “botched sting operation,” a lie propagated by the Times’ unimaginative, lesser media imitators.
Now we hear of another cover-up by the ATF regarding Operation Fast and Furious. According to reports, it appears that guns sold to the administration’s Mexican drug cartel partners ended up in the hands of the ISIS jihadists who killed 137 and wounded more than 300 in Paris.
Even so, you can still count on the mainstream media, led by the New York Times, to characterize any congressional investigation into the matter as pointless partisanship should any sleepy Republicans decide to probe the matter further. It’s an election year, after all. And getting “Crooked Hillary” elected is a top priority for the coldblooded reptiles of the American press.