WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 -
Mr. Speaker, when most people think of smuggling, they envision outlaws recklessly sneaking guns, contraband, and money to other outlaws.
Most people would never imagine that the government of the greatest Nation in the world would be engaged in helping a criminal smuggling operation by sending guns and money to narcoterrorists south of our border.
No, this isnít a Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, this has become a reality in Washington, D.C.
The Justice Department, with the aid of the ATF, facilitated the smuggling of over 2,000 weapons to the drug cartels south of the border ñ the national enemy in Mexico. Reports indicate those weapons were used to kill at least 200 Mexican nationals and two U.S. law enforcement agents.
The Justice Department appears to have gone wild. Instead of enforcing the law, rogue operatives in the Department of Justice seemed to be recklessly encouraging violations of law. Whoís responsible for this conduct?
Over a year ago has gone by since the murder of Brian Terry, border agent, and we still donít know who was in charge. Brian Terry was murdered by one of those Fast and Furious guns. The Attorney General said he was unaware of Fast and Furious. He claimed that he either didnít get the memo, or maybe he didnít read the memo.
Well, according to the latest group of emails sent over to Congress, he did get the email. According to emails sent to Congress Friday night, Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke notified Eric Holderís deputy chief of staff ñ via email ñ about Brian Terryís murder hours after is happened. Later that day, he notified the Department of Justice that the murder weapon was from Fast and Furious. Imagine that. Holderís staff member implied that he alerted the Attorney General.
So who knew what and when? The Attorney General apparently knew not days or months but hours after that murder occurred. Did he, the Attorney General, know about this operation? Did he approve it? In any event, the Attorney General should resign because it all happened under his watch. He is the one in charge of the Justice Department.
When he appeared before the House Judiciary Committee in December, the Attorney General also told me that he did not know who in his department was responsible for making the decision of Operation Fast and Furious. So is the Attorney General now claiming there is a rogue operation of moles in the Department of Justice that authorized and carried out these smuggling missions? We want to find out.
To coin a phrase from then Senator Hillary Clinton on another subject, the fact that he did not know about this massive operation requires a ìwilling suspension of disbelief.î