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October 12, 2011

Eric Holder Subpoenaed!

Deleting and shredding party scheduled.

“Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged,” Issa stated. “The documents this subpoena demands will provide answers to questions that Justice officials have tried to avoid since this investigation began eight months ago. It’s time we know the whole truth.”

To that end, Holder is required to produce virtually every communication anyone associated with the Justice Department or ATF ever sent to anyone regarding Operation Fast and Furious, or “any Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force firearms trafficking case based in Phoenix, Arizona.” The subpoena specifically names no less than 16 DOJ officials, including Holder, his deputy James Cole, Assistant Attorneys General Lanny Breuer and Ronald Weich, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco, among other names familiar to students of the Fast and Furious scandal.

Also specified in the subpoena are communications with Acting ATF Director Ken Melson, United States Attorney Dennis Burke, and ATF Special Agent in Charge William Newell. House Oversight wants all communications to or from Newell from 12/14/10 – 01/25/11 and 03/16/19 – 03/19/09. It looks like they’re trying to pin down exactly what Newell might have shared with his White House pen pal, national security staffer Kevin O’Reilly.

They’re also keenly interested in documents relating to the murder of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata, whose death has long been suspected of links to gun walking… but not Operation Fast and Furious, which ran out of the Phoenix, Arizona ATF office. The Zapata murder weapon was traced back to Dallas, Texas. Further documentation relating to the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose murder scene produced two Fast and Furious guns plus a third “mystery weapon” that might also point back to Texas, is also sought.


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