Justice reveals how Holder letter to Grassley came about
Story here. Apparently, when Sen. Grassley wrote Holder asking if guns were being "walked," the US Attorney for Arizona emailed Justice HQ that "Grassley's assertions regarding the Arizona investigation and the weapons recovered at the "murder scene are based on categorical falsehoods. I worry that ATF will take 8 months to answer this when they should be refuting its underlying accusations right now."
Since he had personal knowledge that guns were being walked, that would explain his sudden resignation. It's interesting that (1) Holder declined to state this when asked about the letter and (2) that it took this much prying to get the information out. I suspect the US Attorney has something to hold over HQ's head, or this would have been given up immediately. "I was lied to by a guy whom I demanded resign," is a quick and easy answer.
This would never have come to light but for a lot of persistence by Grassley and Issa, which tells you how easily an agency can lie to a senator and get away with it.
UPDATE: Unbelievable. The US Attorney for Arizona, Dennis K. Burke, was assuring HQ that Sen. Grassley was a "stooge for the gun lobby" and that he was "personally outraged by Senator Grassley’s falsehoods," and the mythical gun lobby was "lobbing this reckless despicable accusation..."
See that bus? ... be under it.
Hat tip to David Codrea.
ANOTHER update: Politico thinks Dennis Burke's career in AZ politics just capsized and sank. He noted "“No commentary by Grassley on the lax laws, nor greedy gun shop owners, nor careless straw purchasers..."
Los Angeles radio )"The John and Ken Show" KFI-am 3-6pm) had an interview Thursday 12/1 in the 4pm hour with a PJMedia.com reporter that now it is known that not only did 1) the ATF recruit strawbuyers who were known felons, but also 2) provided them money to purchase the weapons.
Now we see that the F&F guns had been targeted for bans and were of little interest to Cartels.
Posted by: Jim D. at December 2, 2011 07:59 PM
From the article:
"After learning yesterday from the Justice Department that the emails would be released, Mr. Burke personally apologized to Senator Grassley’s staff for the tone and the content of the emails.”
Makes me wonder when Mr. Burke will be apologizing to the family of Mr. Terry.
Posted by: deadcenter at December 3, 2011 12:57 AM
Why is it that if a citizen "lies" to the DOJ they go to jail and when the DOJ lies to the citizens its just a silly misunderstanding and they get promoted? Infuriating.
Posted by: mr chubbins at December 3, 2011 09:41 AM