A good deal has happened with this whole Eric Holder possible perjury situation since The National Patriot published our original article, “Holder, at the Bottom of a Deep Hole, Keeps Digging” and as such, the saga deserves a breaking update.
Just hours after publication this morning, Republican Congressman Lamar Smith sent a letter to Obama instructing the DOJ to appoint a special council in the case to get to the bottom of Holder’s possible perjury stemming from his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 3rd, 2011.
You can read that letter by clicking here.
For a case in which a special council is called for, that council does not report back to the Attorney General but, under the current law, it is the Attorney General, in this case, Eric Holder, who appoints that council. This is why Rep. Smith has asked Obama to do so since Holder is the subject of the investigation.
Here’s one question which needs to be asked:
Just who DOES the special council report to?
Another question which seems obvious but requires asking would be:
What exactly is the difference, given the nature of this case, between having Obama name the special council and having it done by Holder himself?
As was pointed out in my original article this morning, Holder and Obama have been the subject of questionable, HIGHLY questionable actions before and the two could BOTH have had prior knowledge of or actually ORDERED the Fast and Furious operation to begin with.
One of the key issues with the naming of a special council is the time frame. These things, as is the case with most things governmental, grind slowly and this, if anything, should not.
Another issue is that more often than not, such an investigation, led by a special council, can or is done behind closed doors and this situation demands clear and public hearings. These hearings should be televised, every minute of them and held with the doors wide open.
This case, Fast and Furious, is far different from most cases requiring a special council in that it involves much more than governmental misconduct or personal misconduct by an elected official. THIS case involves international incidents resulting in deaths on both sides of the U.S. Mexico border and the murder of U.S. Border agent Brian Terry.
Further, this case, Fast and Furious could have been authorized at the highest level, the white house which would make Obama himself ultimately responsible.
If all of that isn’t enough, not only do we need to get to the bottom of the possible perjury committed by Holder, we must also delve into and expose the entire cover-up of the operation and its deadly aftermath.
Whoever the special council turns out to be in this case, I believe they need to report, in public, behind open doors to the entire Judiciary Committee and be held accountable to the People of the United States.
As well, any and ALL who had ANY part in this operation or cover-up should be held accountable.
Who knew what?
When did they know it?
Have those who have already testified told the truth?
Who ultimately authorized this operation?
Exactly how many weapons “walked?”
Who was involved in any way shape or form from the DOJ?
From the ATF?
Who in the administration had knowledge?
What were the roles played by the administration?
We the People deserve and should demand FULL accountability!!
Lost, in all of this are the whistle blowers, FORMER ATF agent Vince Cefalu, who was relieved of duty last June. Cefalu and agents John Dodson and Larry Alt have been the first and foremost to step forward and blow up the cover-up of Fast and Furious. Alt, upon coming forward, was transferred, NOT promoted and Dodson, who was the very first to come forward, back in March of 2011, may well have become the target of a smear campaign because of it.
According to Sen. Charles Grassley, “Department of “Justice” officials “leaked Privacy Act protected documents to the press in an effort to discredit Mr. Dodson with half-truths even though those documents had been withheld from Congress. It’s a very serious matter that should be thoroughly investigated.”
Those who have come forward, such as agents Dodson, Cefalu and Alt, are KEY players in any ongoing investigation and they need to watch their backs. If there is any way to provide them and their families with the ultimate protection, it should be put in place immediately.
It is incumbent upon Congressmen Issa and Smith as well as Senator Grassley to expedite this investigation, bring all focus to bear on it, do such in a completely open and public forum and hold to account all who have had a hand in this matter.
The National Patriot will continue to update this saga and stay atop those who must find the truth.