Issa drops 'bombshell' wiretap applications letter that makes Holder out to be a liar
The Hill refers to it as a "bombshell" and it is that. It's a letter quoting from a wiretap applications that details exactly what Fast and Furious was all about. Both Holder and ranking minority member Rep. Cummings denied to congress that the application contained such information:
The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber's floor.
According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.
Holder and Cummings have both maintained that the wiretap applications did not contain such details and that the applications were reviewed narrowly for probable cause, not for whether any investigatory tactics contained followed Justice Department policy.
The wiretap applications were signed by senior DOJ officials in the department's criminal division, including Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Blanco and another official who is now deceased.
While Issa has since said he has obtained a number of wiretap applications, the letter only refers to one, from March 15, 2010. The full application is not included in what Issa entered into the Congressional Record, and names are obscured in Issa's letter.
In the application, ATF agents included transcripts from a wiretap intercept from a previous Drug Enforcement Administration investigation that demonstrated the suspects were part of a gun-smuggling ring.
"The wiretap affidavit details that agents were well aware that large sums of money were being used to purchase a large number of firearms, many of which were flowing across the border," the letter says.
It's all unravelling for Holder now. He has been caught in so many lies, it may be only a matter of time before Obama throws him under the bus.
Then again, dozens of Democrats walked off the floor of the House rather than vote on the AG's contempt citation. It seems no matter how many times Holder lies to congress and the American people, Democrats will back him to the end.