The Washington Guardian has obtained memos that show that the Obama administration was assigning whistleblower status to the agents who were exposing gunwalking to Mexican drug cartels, even as they were publicly denying said gunwalking. The Guardian reports that the documents outlining this are among those sought by congressional investigators, who have been met with a claim of executive privilege.
The Justice Department has withheld from Congress memos showing that senior officials inside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began preparing as early as February 2011 to treat the agents who unmasked the bungled Fast and Furious gun operation as whistleblowers.
The memos, obtained by the Washington Guardian, were triggered by the agents’ allegations, Justice officials confirmed. In them, ATF officials in Washington instructed field supervisors not to retaliate against the agents in Arizona who complained they had been ordered to let semiautomatic weapons flow to suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels rather than interdicting them.
Even as the warning was being sent, Obama administration political appointees were publicly undercutting the agents’ credibility, insisting to Congress that ATF never knowingly let weapons cross the border into Mexico’s violent drug wars – a denial that turned out to be false.
Congressional investigators have been trying for months to get additional Fast and Furious documents from the administration, which has countered with a claim of executive privilege. Justice officials said they did not turn over the whistleblower memos because they did not believe they were responsive to earlier congressional subpeonas and requests.
Paging Kevin O’Reilly…..
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