Why Is White House Blocking ‘Gunwalker’ Testimony From Former NSC Director?

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Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea

USA –-(Ammoland.com)- “Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in ‘Fast and Furious',” Ed Henry of Fox News reported Wednesday.

“To date, the White House has not complied with multiple congressional requests to interview [former National Security Council Director of North American Affairs Kevin] O'Reilly,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a March 28 letter to Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler.

“Our staffs have had extensive discussions with lawyers in your office, who have represented that the White House does not perceive any need for us to interview O’Reilly and consequently will not make arrangements for him to speak to us,” the letter continues.

“O’Reilly’s personal lawyer has represented to the Committee that he would permit his client to speak…in the absence of any objection from the White House,” Issa and Grassley remind Ruemmler.

So why might the White House object?

“[T]here has been no evidence to suggest that anyone at the White House knew about any decision to allow guns to ‘walk' to Mexico,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz responded, casting doubt on whether the letter’s April 4 deadline will be complied with.

That evidence is what the Chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee are seeking in their lawful investigation seems of no concern to the most transparent and ethical administration in U.S. history. Besides, there is indirect evidence, and plenty of dots to connect—if one looks back at how O’Reilly’s name surfaced in the Fast and Furious investigation, and to his relationship with the White House.

This column first reported on O’Reilly on July 26 of last year, citing “An exchange between House Committee on Oversight and Reform Committee members and William Newell, former Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s Phoenix Field Division during this morning’s hearings on Operation Fast and Furious pointed to key information that may be the most important to come out of today’s session.”

At issue: Newell’s relationship with O’Reilly, and specifically why he was emailing him information about GRIT in September 2010, prefaced with the caution: “You didn’t get these from me.”


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About David Codrea:
David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.

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