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Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious

Posted By admin On June 7, 2012 @ 1:39 pm In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

Matt Cover
CNS News [1]
June 7, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony today that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase “Fast and Furious” do not refer to the controversial gun-walking operation Fast and Furious.

Under questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who read excerpts of the emails at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Justice Department oversight, Holder claimed that the phrase “Fast and Furious” did not refer to Fast and Furious but instead referred to another gun-walking operation known as “Wide Receiver.”

However, the emails refer to both programs — “Fast and Furious” and the “Tucson case,” from where Wide Receiver was launched — and reveal Justice Department officials discussing how to handle media scrutiny when both operations become public.

Among three of the emails (see Jason Weinstein Email Fast, Furious.pdf), the second, dated “October 17, 2010 11:07 PM,” was sent by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein to James Trusty and it states: “Do you think we should have Lanny participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura’s Tucson case [Wide Receiver] are unsealed? It’s a tricky case, given the number of guns that have walked, but it is a significant set of prosecutions.”


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[1] CNS News: http://cnsnews.com/news/article/holder-claims-emails-using-words-fast-and-furious-don-t-refer-operation-fast-and

[2] Justice Dep’t Vague on When Holder First Learned About Operation Fast and Furious: http://www.prisonplanet.com/justice-dep%e2%80%99t-vague-on-when-holder-first-learned-about-operation-fast-and-furious.html

[3] 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

[4] Holder’s No. 2 in 2009: Gunwalking, Fast and Furious a ‘terrific idea’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder%e2%80%99s-no-2-in-2009-gunwalking-fast-and-furious-a-%e2%80%98terrific-idea%e2%80%99.html

[5] 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

[6] Holder heading to House hot seat, Fast and Furious grilling on the way: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder-heading-to-house-hot-seat-fast-and-furious-grilling-on-the-way.html

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