Fast & Furious Department of Justice Scandal

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Poll: GOP Gains Edge in Voter Trust on Ethics

May 22, 2013 7:34 AM PT

A new poll finds the GOP edging the Democrat party on who the public trusts more on ethics and corruption. According to the poll from Rasmussen, a plurality of likely voters, 39%, have more faith in the GOP on these issues, against 37% who trust the Democrats more. While the GOP edge is narrow, it represents a dramatic 10 point swing since March, when Democrats held an 8-point edge.

Voters attitudes about political parties are generally static. Perceptions about both the GOP and Democrat parties are firmly established in voters' minds, so views will tend to shift only very gradually over time. The net 10-point swing towards the GOP in just a couple months on this issue represents a big shift in attitudes. 

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Culture of Intimidation

May 20, 2013 12:22 PM PT

With new reports today that the Obama Department of Justice leaked documents intended to smear a whistleblower in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, it is now more obvious than ever that this administration has, in the words of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), created a “culture of intimidation” that stretches from the White House down to myriad agencies of the executive branch.

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Report: DOJ Leaked Docs to Smear Fast & Furious Whistleblower, Says IG

May 20, 2013 9:43 AM PT

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

The DOJ IG said it found “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.”

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Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Smuggling In Mexico; No Mention Of Fast and Furious

May 3, 2013 11:19 AM PT

President Barack Obama told the Mexican people today that the United States is partly to blame for Mexico’s drug violence because of illegal drugs and gun smuggling. However, he did not mention the gun smuggling undertaken by his own administration under the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious.

Speaking to Mexican university students, Obama pointed a finger at his own country, as Reuters reported:

Drug-fueled violence in Mexico is not entirely the fault of the Mexican people, he said. Instead, the United States shares the blame because much of the violence is centered around the Americans' demand for illegal drugs and the fact that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States.

"In this relationship there is no senior partner or junior partner. We are two equal partners, two sovereign nations that must work together in mutual interest and mutual respect," Obama said.

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Univision Receives Peabody Award for Fast and Furious Documentary

Apr 5, 2013 7:52 AM PT

Univision News won a 2013 Peabody Award for its special on Operation Fast and Furious on its magazine show Aqui y Ahora in September 2012.

“All of these prestigious national recognitions, an unprecedented achievement for a Spanish-language media company, speak to the caliber of the work that our News division is doing to inform and empower the Hispanic community,” said Isaac Lee, president of Univision News. 

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House GOP Not Backing Off Fast & Furious Lawsuit Despite Media Claims

Mar 19, 2013 12:15 PM PT

House Republicans are standing strong in their pursuit of Operation Fast and Furious documents, The Hill’s Jordy Yager reports, undercutting a narrative the Department of Justice has tried to seep into the media.

President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over the documents minutes before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted Attorney General Eric Holder into both civil and criminal contempt of Congress last summer. The full House followed up voting on a bipartisan basis to hold Holder in contempt shortly thereafter, spurning the current lawsuit against the administration for the documents. The DOJ has declined to pursue criminal charges against Holder.

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Obama's ATF Nominee on DOJ's Fast and Furious Design Team

Jan 19, 2013 2:53 PM PT

As part of President Barack Obama’s 23-point gun control plan, he nominated Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones–who currently doubles right now as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–to be the ATF director.

Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify “gunwalking” in Operation Fast and Furious. In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” roughly 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers the agency allowed sales to happen and didn’t stop the guns from being trafficked, even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.

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Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

Jan 17, 2013 1:16 PM PT

Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.

Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.”

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Gowdy: Fast & Furious Deaths, Consequences Will 'Last for the Rest of Our Lives'

Dec 19, 2012 9:55 AM PT

South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy told Breitbart News that murders will continue to be connected to Operation Fast and Furious for the rest of most Americans’ lives, if not longer.

Gowdy’s comments came on the heels of the revelation earlier Tuesday by CBS News that Fast and Furious weapons were found at the murder scene of a young Mexican beauty queen.

Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body after the Nov. 23 shootout. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells CBS News that the Justice Department did not notify Congress that a Fast and Furious firearm was found at the scene in Sinaloa. CBS News learned the Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle found near her body was purchased by Uriel Patino at an Arizona gun shop in 2010. Patino is a suspect who allegedly purchased 700 guns while under the ATF’s watch.

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