"DOJ withheld 'Fast and Furious' whistleblower memo."
John Solomon has the story.
The Justice Department has withheld from Congress memos showing that senior officials inside the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives began preparing as early as February 2011 to treat the agents who unmasked the bungled Fast and Furious gun operation as whistleblowers.
The memos, obtained by the Washington Guardian, were triggered by the agents' allegations, Justice officials confirmed. In them, ATF officials in Washington instructed field supervisors not to retaliate against the agents in Arizona who complained they had been ordered to let semiautomatic weapons flow to suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels rather than interdicting them.
Even as the warning was being sent, Obama administration political appointees were publicly undercutting the agents’ credibility, insisting to Congress that ATF never knowingly let weapons cross the border into Mexico’s violent drug wars - a denial that turned out to be false.
I doubt the whistle blowers feel like they are getting the benefit of the memo. Melson should turned around when he figured out what was really going on - how could he be that naive?
Though this appears to bolster Obama, and they (WH/DOJ) may have leaked it, this helps undermine their narrative just like Issa says.
Drip, drip, drip.
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