September 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Democrats on Capitol Hill insisted a new independent report into deep failures in Operation Fast and Furious on the Southwest border vindicates the top leadership at the Department of Justice in the flawed gun-tracking program, while Republicans said it showed that Atty. Gen. Eric Holder's “inner circle” does not adequately serve the country's top law enforcement official. On Wednesday, the Justice Department's inspector general concluded that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents; federal prosecutors in Phoenix; and top ATF and DOJ officials in Washington are all to blame for losing some 2,000 firearms on the U.S.-Mexico border after agents purposely allowed illegal gun purchases in hopes of tracking Mexican cartel leaders.
September 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - A gun-trafficking investigation on the Southwest border that went awry was a "significant danger to public safety," according to an independent government report that recommended that the Department of Justice consider disciplining 14 officials, from field agents in Arizona to top managers in Washington. Less than an hour after those findings were announced, two of the officials - Kenneth E. Melson, the former acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Deputy Assistant Atty.
August 10, 2012 |
Music and chanted prayers floated to the rafters of a Wisconsin gymnasium Friday as hundreds gathered to pay their respects to the six people killed at a Sikh temple Sunday. Dozens of mourners filed past the open caskets of the one woman and five men gunned down during Sunday services at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Hundreds more, wearing head coverings in respect for Sikh beliefs, found seats on the gymnasium floor as civic and religious leaders prepared to speak. “Although we have been brought together by an unspeakable and devastating tragedy, we are bound together by far more,” U.S. Atty. Gen.
June 29, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The day after the Supreme Court dealt him a major victory, President Obama moved on to fighting other fires - literally - as he traveled to Colorado to check on a blaze that has destroyed hundreds of homes. The moment captured a truth about Obama's tenure: From the day he took office in the midst of an economic crisis, he has rarely had the luxury of a victory lap. Instead, in a stubbornly lackluster economy, the most that administration officials generally can claim is credit for avoiding disasters, achievements typically followed by questions about when that sad state of affairs will improve.
June 28, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The House of Representatives found Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress on Thursday, creating a bitter political break between the two branches of government. If successful, the action would force Holder to turn over 1,500 pages of material dealing with how he and other Justice Department officials dealt with the scandal after it became public in what Republicans suspect was a cover-up to hide their involvement in the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The last time he testified on Capitol Hill, Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. struggled to predict how his legacy would be written. "What my future holds," he said, "frankly, I'm just not sure. " The Republican-led House will vote Thursday on whether to find him in contempt of Congress for ignoring a congressional subpoena for documents in Fast and Furious, the federal law enforcement operation that allowed firearms to circulate among criminals on both sides of the Southwest border.
June 27, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Conservative Democrats began to desert Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. on the eve of a historic contempt of Congress vote, as Republicans upped the ante by planning to take Holder to court themselves if he doesn't hand over 1,500 pages in documents on a failed gun-tracking operation. House vote-counters predicted that 20 to 31 Democrats would desert their party largely because the influential National Rifle Assn. threatened to oppose lawmakers who supported the attorney general.
June 24, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he has no evidence the White House was involved in what could be a Justice Department "cover up” to contain fallout from the botched “Fast and Furious” operation. In a series of interviews on the political talk shows, the California Republican repeatedly accused Justice Department officials of lying to Congress about the gun-trafficking sting operation and withholding documents from congressional investigators.