After suing to obtain records the Obama Administration refused to release under the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch has learned that the White House Rasputin, Valerie Jarrett, played a role in the coverup after Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about Fast and Furious.
The “gun walking” program that wound up delivering hundreds of American firearms into the hands of drug cartel criminals has been the subject of congressional investigations that resulted in Holder being held in contempt of Congress despite the White House’s efforts to stonewall the probe.
Included in the 1,000 or more pages of information Judicial Watch received thanks to a court order is information that an order from Obama exerting executive privilege in blocking further testimony by Holder, also covered Holder’s wife.
Prior to that order, however, Holder had testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on May 3, 2011, that he “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”
On October 3, 2011, Sharyl Attkisson (who remains just about the only journalist actually investigating the Obama Administration) released documents she’d obtained showing that on June 5, 2010, Holder had been briefed on Fast and Furious in a paper from the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, Michael Walther.
So Holder lied. I know you’re shocked.
In the materials Judicial Watch received are summaries of emails related to the case. Included in those are emails between Jarrett and Holder dated October 4, the day after Attkisson proved Holder lied to Congress.
Unfortunately, Judicial Watch did not receive the emails themselves, just the summaries. One, from Jarrett to Holder, says, “re: personnel issues.” Another from Jarrett says, “outlining and discussing preferred course of action for future responses in light of recent development in congressional investigation.”
Without knowing the exact content of those emails it’s difficult to say much other than noting that Jarrett definitely had her fingers in the shaping of the Obama Administration’s evasive message on Fast and Furious.
That fact should not be a surprise to anyone who’s followed this White House, but it should outrage everyone that the shady, unelected figure of Jarrett is once again found to be standing behind the throne and pulling strings in some of the biggest scandals of this Administration.
It’s high past time Congress put Jarrett on the witness stand.