In December of 2010, ATF Special Agent Vince Cefalu popped the cork on Operation Fast and Furious, the botched ATF gun walking program that lead to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. In June 2011, Cefalu was notified that he was being terminated from the bureau. Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, warned ATF officials against retaliating against whistleblowers including Cefalu. Instead of termination, Cefalu was placed on administrative leave.
In October 2012, Cefalu was asked to meet Joseph Riehl at a Denny’s Restaurant in the Lake Tahoe area. Riehl is the Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco Field Division for the ATF. When the meeting took place, Riehl, accompanied a second ATF manager, served Cefalu with termination papers ending his illustrious career with the ATF and serving the public.
The AFT did their best to keep Operation Fast and Furious a secret, but when word of the botched operation was made public, both ATF and Department of Justice officials were irate. They tried so hard to covered up the illegal gun-running operation.
Congress was prompted to launch an investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, but they ran into one roadblock after another, most of which originated from the White House. As Congress subpoenaed documents to uncover the truth about the operation, then US Attorney General Eric Holder and White House usurper Barack Obama withheld information from Congress.
When Holder did testify, he swore he knew nothing about the operation before it had hit the news, but that was soon proven to be an out-right lie. Holder was eventually held in contempt of Congress for failing to cooperate with the investigation.
In October 2012, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) claimed to have additional proof that the Department of Justice knew about the gun-walking operation, lied about and worked to cover it up.
According to Sen. Grassley, A.T.F. special agent Gary Styers wrote a memorandum concerning a gun walking operation and the visit he had from a pair of investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee the day before. Also, according to Grassley, the memorandum was discussed by high ranking A.T.F. and believes it was forwarded to Department of Justice headquarters in Washington D.C.
The date of the memorandum, Feb. 3, 2011, is critical as U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ron Welch sent Sen. Grassley a letter, denying that any gun walking took place in any government operation including Fast and Furious. Welch’s letter to Grassley was dated Feb. 4, 2011. The D.O.J. continued to deny everything for the next nine months until they finally admitted the letter was a lie.
Referring to the Styers’ memorandum, Grassley wrote Holder requesting the names of all D.O.J. personnel who knew about the memo prior to Welch’s Feb. 4 letter and all records that pertain to it. He also told Holder that his investigators had talked with Styers about Fast and Furious and what he told them matched what they had learned from others.
Six years later, the Obama’s Department of Justice and the ATF did their best to downplay the entire botched operation and the congressional investigation. Now, investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson reports that she has been trying to obtain information about Operation Fast and Furious and still has not been provided with all of the information requested.
Attkisson says that a newly released House Oversight Committee report contained emails proving that Obama’s Department of Justice illegally and improperly information from Congress and reporters.
According to Attkisson:
“Below are excerpts from the Congressional report that give a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes denial, confusion and panic within the Department of Justice from the time I first interviewed whistleblower: Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms special agent John Dodson for CBS News.”
“Dodson stepped forward and spoke with me publicly in March 2011 after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by illegal immigrants carrying weapons trafficked in the Fast and Furious operation. Dodson said the agency was trying to cover up the murder’s link to Fast and Furious, which he’d objected to internally for months.”
“Eventually, the Department of Justice acknowledged it had provided false information to Congress about Fast and Furious. Attorney General Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress for withholding documents. President Obama declared executive privilege to keep some of them secret. The Inspector General issued a scathing report criticizing many aspects about Fast and Furious and management of the case by the Department of Justice.”
“(Note: the below government emails fall under my Freedom of Information Act requests made years ago, but the government improperly withheld them from me.)…”
You can go to Attkisson’s post to see the emails she refers to. The bottom line is that Barack Obama and Eric Holder orchestrated a coverup with the intention of preventing Congress and the American people from learning all the details of their illegal actions. Obama even used his executive privilege to keep Holder from some of his testimony and to block the release of documents that proved their guilt.
Yet, congressional Democrats continue to ignore the illegal actions of Obama and Holder, while they vehemently pursue President Donald Trump for far less than what Obama and Holder ever did. And they are the ones hollering for justice?