Search  |  Login  |  Register

By Matthew Clark1327353396000

Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has subpoenaed a key Justice Department official regarding the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.

President Obama’s Justice Department and Attorney General Holder have continued to stonewall and hide the truth about this ill-conceived program that gave thousands guns to Mexican drug cartels and left one U.S. Border Patrol agent dead.

The Hill has the latest:

Issa … issued a subpoena for Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the Phoenix office’s criminal division within the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona.

In a letter to Cunningham sent on Wednesday, Issa said Justice Department (DOJ) officials have suggested that Cunningham is “the most appropriate person to interview from the U.S. Attorney’s Office regarding Operation Fast and Furious.”

“Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the department in preparation for its initial response to Congress,” said Issa in the letter, which was made public on Thursday.

1.20.12 Update: Cunningham has informed Issa’s committee that he intends to plead the Fifth, further preventing the truth from coming to light about Operation Fast & Furious. According to Politico, Cunningham’s attorney wrote:

"As a professional courtesy and to avoid needless preparation by the committee and its staff for a deposition next week, I am writing to advise you that my client is going to assert his constitutional privilege not to be compelled to be a witness against himself . . . ."

1.23.12 Update: Chairman Issa responded to Cunningham’s letter informing the committee that he would plead the Fifth, stating:

The assertion of the Fifth Amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the departments integrity in Operation Fast and Furious . . . . This is the first time anyone has asserted their Fifth Amendment right in this investigation and heightens concerns that the Justice Departments motivation for refusing to hand over subpoenaed materials is a desire to shield responsible officials from criminal charges and other embarrassment.

Issa’s committee still expects to receive testimony from Attorney General Holder on February 2, 2012. As Jay Sekulow, ACLJ Chief Counsel, has said, “What the American people are entitled to, quite frankly, is an Attorney General who tells the truth - the complete story about Operation Fast & Furious.”

You can join the ACLJ and over 52,000 Americans in calling on Obama’s Justice Department to tell the truth by signing our Petition for the Truth about Operation Fast & Furious today.

We will continue to keep you informed as developments unfold.

Latest in
Constitution

Don’t Bury Your Vote

By Matthew Clark1414702098939

On a near daily basis, we receive a number of callers into our daily radio program, Jay Sekulow Live! , rightfully upset about the most recent appalling Executive overreach by the President or devastating vote in the Senate or House of Representatives. The question always comes up: “Isn’t there...

read more

Progress: Revoke Terrorists' Passports

By Matthew Clark1414439071630

For the past several months we have been warning not just of the dangers that ISIS – the Islamic State – poses in the Middle East and its genocide against Christians but of the direct threat that ISIS poses to the United States. American passport holders have joined the fight alongside ISIS...

read more

A Win for Electoral Integrity

By Matthew Clark1413924807052

Just ahead of the midterm elections, the Supreme Court has stopped President Obama’s latest attempt to block commonsense measures to ensure voter integrity. This past weekend the Supreme Court weighed in on Texas’s voter ID law refusing to block its implementation before Election Day. The Wall...

read more

U.S. Soldiers in “War” with ISIS Not Eligible for Medals?

By Matthew Clark1412604353722

With 1,600 military “advisers” on the ground in Iraq, 2,300 of our troops being deployed to the Middle East as a “special purpose marine air ground task force,” and ongoing airstrikes being conducted in Iraq and Syria against ISIS’s jihadist army, it is absolutely stunning that our military...

read more