View Full Version : Justice Dept. turns over docs in Fast and Furious

01-30-2012, 6:45 AM

Newly released Justice Department emails sent to Capitol Hill for a congressional inquiry into a gun-smuggling operation indicate that the head of the department's criminal division suggested letting some illicit "straw" weapons buyers in the U.S. transport their guns across the border into Mexico where they could be arrested.

According to the emails turned over to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday night, the Justice official, Lanny Breuer, made the suggestion to Mexican officials because it "may send a strong message to arms traffickers."


Also among the documents are Justice Department emails involving a former top aide to Attorney General Eric Holder. The emails show that then-deputy chief of staff Monty Wilkinson was notified by then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke the day after Terry was slain that guns found at the murder scene were connected to an investigation that Burke and Wilkinson had planned to discuss. The emails did not identify the investigation, but it was Operation Fast and Furious.

01-30-2012, 7:50 AM
You can view some of these recently released emails here (http://www.npr.org/assets/news/2012/01/DOJdocs.pdf).

01-30-2012, 8:58 AM
I wonder if this archive is complete. They've certainly had plenty of time to delete stuff and alter records. If this were a civilian organization under investigation Issa wouldn't accept a data dump at face value, he'd have agents on site collecting evidence and making sure nothing is shredded or deleted.

01-30-2012, 10:50 AM
Covered in main F&F thread