Below is the transcript of a letter sent yesterday and released late this afternoon from Senator Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa to Eric Holder. In it, they name twelve senior DOJ officials, past and present, who were "unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program" (Fast and Furious).
These men represent Eric Holder's "Dirty Dozen" of Gunwalker conspirators within the upper ranks of the DOJ.
Perhaps the most significant word to me in this letter can be found in this paragraph:
"These records should include e-mails, memoranda, briefing papers, and handwritten notes. Additionally, any records related to communications referring to a large firearms trafficking case within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or in Phoenix should be included in any production."
That's a big "or". It means that the records they seek are not simply limited to Phoenix but to any "large firearms trafficking case within (ATF)."
Houston and Tampa, here we come!
July 11, 2011
The Honorable Eric Holder
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avennue, NW
Washington DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder:
As our investigation in Operation Fast and Furious has progressed, we have learned that senior officials at the Department of Justice (DOJ), including Senate-confirmed political appointees, were unquestionably aware of the implementation of this reckless program. Therefore it is necessary to review communications between and among these senior officials. As such, please provide all records relating to communications between and among the following individuals regarding Operation Fast and Furious:
1. David Ogden, Former Deputy Attorney General;
2. Gary Grindler, Officer of the Attorney General and former Acting Deputy Attorney General;
3. James Cole, Deputy Attorney General;
4. Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General;
5. Kenneth Blanco, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;
6. Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;
7. John Keeney, Deputy Assistant Attorney General;
8. Matt Axelrod, Associate Deputy Attorney General;
9. Ed Siskel, Former Associate Deputy Attorney General;
10. Brad Smith, Office of the Deputy Attorney General;
11. Kevin Carwhile, Section Chief, Capitol Case Unit; and
12. Joseph Cooley, Criminal Fraud Section.
These records should include e-mails, memoranda, briefing papers, and handwritten notes. Additionally, any records related to communications referring to a large firearms trafficking case within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or in Phoenix should be included in any production.
Please provide this information no later than July 18, 2011, at noon. If you have any questions regarding this request, please contact Tristan Leavitt in Ranking Member Grassley's office at (202) 224-5225 or Henry Kerner of Chairman Issa's Committee staff at (202) 225-5074. I look forward to receiving your response.
Darrell Issa, Chairman, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
Charles Grassley, Ranking Member, Senate Committee on the Judiciary
cc: The Honorable Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
The Honorable Patrick J. Leahy, Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary
LATER: David Codrea's take.
And David has kindly posted the PDF on Scribd here.