In the wake of the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) Inspector General’s report on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, the best that can be said about Attorney General Eric Holder is that he is an incompetent manager of the DoJ. The reports says he “was not made aware of potential flaws in the program until February of last year.”
(Not aware of the flaws in the program, but was he aware of the program?) In what kind of agency is the chief executive (as Holder is at DoJ) not informed of the flaws in this type of operation, particularly given that it involves an another county. (The operation “allowed weapons to ‘walk’ across the U.S.-Mexico border and resulted in hundreds of firearms turning up at crime scenes in both countries.”)
If, wonders HotAir’s Erika Johnsen Holder “had no knowledge of Fast and Furious before the investigation got going…”
then still, why President Obama’s invocation of executive privilege on all those subpoenaed Fast & Furious-related documents? It’s not like this is a matter of national-security sensitivity. If it wasn’t to shield Holder personally, then it still seems that it was at Holder’s request in order to buy him some time to shield his shoddy management of his department, and merely helped to add authority to his uncooperative stonewalling of Congress’s attempt to get to the bottom of the obvious wrongdoing that went down here somewhere. Grossly inappropriate use of executive authority, to say the least? I find myself puzzled.
She’s not the only one who’s puzzled. One wonders if any report will now ask the president that question: why did Mr. Obama invoke executive privilege if Holder wasn’t aware of the “potential flaws” in the operation?
Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz agreed that President Obama was wrong to assert executive privilege over documents related to Fast and Furious, saying that he “insisted” such documents appear in his report to Congress.
And wasn’t this the president who promised the most transparent administration ever?
UP-UPDATE: In a more detailed analysis of Holder’s obliviousness to problems going on under his own nose, Jim Geraghty writes, “The most generous interpretation is that he staffed his office with professionals with epically egregious judgment in deciding what the nation’s top law-enforcement officer needs to know.” Read the whole thing.
UP-UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds reports, “‘ABC NEWS: President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program “Begun Under the Previous Administration.‘ ‘In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.'” The adverb, “falsely” is in the ABC News report. Even some folks in the legacy media are catching on. (Maybe they decided to cover the Obama administration more accurately, given the latest Gallup report on growing public distrust of the “mass media”.)