The letter opens thusly:
I have watched for some months now as the facts surrounding Operation Fast and Furious have been developed on the public record. I have not spoken at length on this subject out of deference to the review being conducted, at my request, by our Department's Inspector General. However, in the past few days, the public discourse concerning these issues has become so base and so harmful to interests that I hope we all share that I must now address these issues notwithstanding the Inspector General's ongoing review.After several paragraphs designed to defend the DOJ's actions and paint attempts to get to the bottom of Fast and Furious as nothing more than political gamesmanship, Holder closes with the following paragraph:
For example, I simply cannot sit idly by as a Majority Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform suggests, as happened this week, that law enforcement and government employees who devote their lives to protecting our citizens be considered "accessories to murder." Such irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms. Those who serve in the ranks of law enforcement are our Nation's heroes and deserve our Nation's thanks, not the disrespect that is being heaped on them by those who seek political advantage. I trust you feel similarly and I call on you to denounce these statements.
Until we move beyond the current political climate -- where real solutions take a back seat to both political posturing and making headlines on cable news programs, and is deemed more important than actually solving our country's difficult challenges -- nothing is going to change. I hope we can engage in a more responsible dialogue on this subject in the future. There is much we all need to do together to stop gun violence on both sides of the border and make our Nation safer.Translation? Uh, I just realized I'm in a heap of trouble.
We are witnessing an Attorney General who is starting to realize how much trouble he is truly in. A letter like this only comes out when that realization takes place. When, 'what did you know and when did you know it' questions begin to gain traction in the 24 hour news cycle every day, you done messed up.
Holder understands that he may be going under the Obama bus soon.
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