Congress has a right to 'Fast and Furious' answers
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"Slow and infuriating" is an apt description of the Post-Gazette's approach to facts and logic as evidenced by your June 23 editorial ("Slow and Infuriating: Obama Looks Bad in Partisan Feud Over Holder") on the "gunwalking" scandal called "Fast and Furious" and the subsequent investigation by Congress. The PG spins mightily that this is just another partisan hit job, but you have to ignore a pile of inconvenient facts to do so.
Two-thousand high-powered weapons "walked" across the border to Mexico, ending up who knows where, but we know two guns were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. When confronted with these facts and allegations that the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowed guns to cross the border, the Justice Department first denied it, and then said it was true but blamed former Attorney General Michael Mukasey for the program. Attorney General Eric Holder has now withdrawn both statements as false.
The Justice Department has continually stonewalled Congress' request for more documents, culminating in the administration's recent claim of "executive privilege."
Had the George W. Bush administration been caught lying to Congress and then withholding documents about a program that may have led to the murder of a federal agent, the PG would be screaming for an investigation or independent counsel to uncover what leaders knew and when they knew it. Instead we get crocodile tears that Mr. Obama has "lost the high ground." Seems you have decided to join him.
First Published June 30, 2012 12:00 am