Project Gunwalker aka Operation Fast and Furious was mentioned today as the confirmation hearings for Loretta Lynch to become the 83rd Attorney General began. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) had this to say in his opening statement:
The Department’s own Inspector General listed as one of its top management challenges: “Restoring Confidence in the Integrity, Fairness, and Accountability of the Department.”You can listen to this in the live video of Lynch's hearings at the 25:00 to 26:09 marks.
He cited several examples, including the Department falsely denying basic facts in the Fast and Furious controversy. The Inspector General concluded this “resulted in an erosion of trust in the Department.”
In that fiasco, our government knowingly allowed firearms to fall into the hands of international gun traffickers.
And it led to the death of a Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry.
And then, after Congress called on the leadership of the Department to account for this foolish operation, what did they do?
Did they apologize to the family and rush to uncover the truth?
Quite the opposite.
They denied, spun and hid the facts from Congress and the American people.
They bullied and intimidated whistleblowers, members of the press, and anyone who had the audacity to investigate and uncover the truth.
While it won't bring back the lives of Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata, I'm glad Sen. Grassley at least hasn't forgotten them and what was a proximate cause of their deaths.