Patrick J. Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix, will invoke his right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment, and not testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform or its investigators about his role in, or knowledge about, Operation Fast and Furious.
The goal of “Operation Fast and Furious” was to get guns into Mexico. For those guns to commit violent crimes. And for CONgress to react with gun-grabbing measures. Check, check, and they're working on the last one.
LZ Graderson, who writes a weekly column for CNN.com, says we are too nosy and don't need to know all the details of the fast and the furious scandal, refers to innocent people who were killed as "collateral damage."
In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Voting on strictly partisan lines, a House committee recommended Wednesday that Attorney General Eric Holder be cited for contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents relating to the botched Fast and Furious weapons sting operation. The vote ended an extraordinary daylong hearing that took place after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over some documents sought by the panel investigating Fast and Furious. The White House move means the Department of Justice can withhold some of the documents.
On Fast and Furious, Obama invokes 'executive privilege.' What's that?
Facing a contempt vote, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Obama to invoke 'executive privilege' to avoid turning over documents to Congress. To be valid, the claim must bear on a core power of the presidency.
House Dems focus on gun control in Fast and Furious hearing
House Democrats, attempting to shield Attorney General Eric Holder from a contempt citation today, made a call for enhanced gun control laws the focus of their statements during the hearing this morning.
"This is not a conspiracy theory, nor a piece of fiction. It is now an openly-admitted fact that this was pulled off by the BATFE (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, more commonly called "ATF") under orders from Washington. The program was called "Fast and Furious.""