Documents Say DOJ Knew Of Fast And Furious Connection Day After Terry Murder

USA –-( Email from aide appears to demonstrate Holder perjury

“Emails Show How ‘Fast and Furious’ Ambush News Unfolded At Justice Dept.,” NPR reports tonight.

“For the first time, the Justice Department has made public a series of sensitive messages that passed to the highest levels of the agency within hours of an ambush that killed a U.S. border patrol agent…The email messages show the former top federal prosecutor in Arizona, Dennis Burke, notifying an aide to Holder via email on Dec. 15, 2010 that agent Brian Terry had been wounded and died. ‘Tragic,’ responds the aide, Monty Wilkinson. ‘I’ve alerted the AG, the acting Deputy Attorney General…'”

This correspondent was on the phone with Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars a few hours ago this evening, shortly before the NPR release. From Vanderboegh’s assessment:

“White House dumps 500 plus pages of documents tonight…NPR was apparently the preferred outlet for the dump…Holder is screwed. Of course the only reason they’re doing this is to further the modified limited hangout, which now apparently includes Eric Holder. Remember, these are the emails that the WH WANTED to release. What does that tell us? That they’re protecting the White House and are willing to dispose of Holder to do it.”

Click here for the emails posted by NPR. Of interest:

The emails are heavily redacted shielding not just information, but the identities of certain senders and recipients.  Stipulating a possibly legitimate need to withhold facts pertaining to ongoing criminal investigations, the question of why the names of key individuals, including those in the US Attorney’s office are also withheld must be explored.

Also, any discussion of “controlled deliveries” and coordination with Mexican officials does not occur in the disclosed communications threads until February 4, 2011—Gun Rights Examiner’s “Journalists’ Guide to Project Gunwalker” chronicles reporting and revelations made in this column and on Sipsey Street Irregulars prior to that action—reporters and interested individuals should consult that document to see for themselves how much of this story was already documented by that time, including revelations made on Jan. 6 in this column that the Mexican government had been intentionally left uninformed up until ATF and DOJ officials decided it was in their interests almost a month later to contact them.

Eric Holder
Eric Holder

Of particular interest from the Dec. 15, 2010 email from Holder aide Monty Wilkinson to then-US Attorney Dennis Burke:

I’ve alerted the AG…

When did Holder say he first became aware of it?

HOLDER: I’m not sure of the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.

That was on May 3, 2011.

Does the email from Wilkinson indicate the Attorney General committed perjury in his testimony before the committee?

The questions this raises include whether this latest document dump throws Holder under the bus to protect the White House, as Vanderboegh concludes.

Will Chairman Darrell Issa of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform now demand documentation on all communications between the White House and the Department of Justice regarding the selection of documents to be released to his committee?

And will he press the Attorney General on this key revelation made by Wilkinson and other information gleaned from this latest release?

And, as an aside, is it any wonder that the White House said about questions raised in the Tuesday GRE column “This submission has been removed because people believe it is inappropriate”?

Also see:

  • A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ (most current volume) for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner.  Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.

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Gregg Weber

To keep Holder quiet there are few ways. Let us assume, not a good idea but let's do it anyway, that a bullet or an acident would be too oobvious. Actually they might be overlooked so that option might be available but we are for the moment assuming that that won't happen. What will? A good job somewhere? Yes, and a very good one. Right now if I were Holder I would make sure that there is enough evidence hidden that will come out when anything, repeat anything happens to him. If he has anything good, or very good happen… Read more »