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Holder’s No. 2 in 2009: Gunwalking, Fast and Furious a ‘terrific idea’

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Matthew Boyle
Daily Caller [1]
Thursday, February 2, 2012

The head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division and Attorney General Eric Holder’s highest-ranking deputy, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, called Operation Fast and Furious and gun walking a “terrific idea” in emails to now-former Acting Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Ken Melson back in late 2009, according a report released by Republican staff of the House Oversight Committee.

On Dec. 3, 2009, Melson wrote to Breuer, “Lanny: We have decided to take a little different approach with regard to seizures of multiple weapons in Mexico. Assuming the guns are traced, instead of working each trace almost independently of the other traces from the seizure, I want to coordinate and monitor the work on all of them collectively as if the seizure was one case. . . We should meet again just to catch up on where we are in our gun-trafficking issues and we could talk about the above idea as well. Let me know what you think.”

Breuer responded on Dec. 4, 2009, writing, “We think this is a terrific idea and a great way to approach the investigations of these seizures. Our Gang Unit will be assigning an attorney to help you coordinate this effort.”

According to the Republican Oversight Committee staffers’ report, Breuer — Holder’s number two — assigned a prosecutor to help ATF handle Fast and Furious. That attorney, according to the report, was Joe Cooley.

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[1] Daily Caller: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/02/holder%E2%80%99s-no-2-in-2009-gunwalking-fast-and-furious-a-%E2%80%98terrific-idea%E2%80%99/

[2] Congressman says unlikely Holder did not know about Operation Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/congressman-says-unlikely-holder-did-not-know-about-operation-fast-and-furious.html

[3] Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder-claims-emails-using-words-%e2%80%98fast-and-furious%e2%80%99-don%e2%80%99t-refer-to-operation-fast-and-furious.html

[4] Napolitano Knew About Fast and Furious In 2009: http://www.prisonplanet.com/napolitano-knew-about-fast-and-furious-in-2009.html

[5] Eric Holder to testify on Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eric-holder-to-testify-on-fast-and-furious.html

[6] Holder may be holding on to private emails about Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder-may-be-holding-on-to-private-emails-about-fast-and-furious.html

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