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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Did Former ATF SAC Implicate White House in Fast and Furious?

In the latest round of House Oversight Committee hearings into Project Gunrunner's Fast and Furious operation, the testimony of former Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the Phoenix Field Division, William Newell definitely won the 'train wreck' award. The premise that he answered honestly is beyond laughable. In fact, one of the Committee members became so frustrated that he made a three Stooges reference and said he felt like he was looking for Larry. Even if you accept the premise that Newell was telling the truth, that means he is so unbelievably incompetent that he had no business being a SAC.

As compelling as it was to watch Newell try to spin out of the corner he was boxed into, there was actually something bigger to come out of the hearing. It had to do with e-mails sent by Newell that Committee Chair Darrell Issa had in his possession. Those e-mails went directly to the White House.

Via CBS News:
At a lengthy hearing on ATF's controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O'Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O'Reilly is unclear and wasn't fully explored at the hearing.

It's the first time anyone has publicly stated that a White House official had any familiarity with ATF's operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to gain intelligence. It's unknown as to whether O'Reilly shared information with anybody else at the White House.

Congressional investigators obtained an email from Newell to O'Reilly in September of last year in which Newell began with the words: "you didn't get this from me."
You didn't get this from me but Newell may have unwittingly implicated the Obama administration in a scandal that involves the murder of two federal agents and countless numbers of Mexican civilians.

The levee is squeaking.

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