New report faults ATF, DOJ for Fast and Furious
What are potential legal ramifications?
- Duration 3:46
- Date Sep 11, 2012
What are potential legal ramifications?
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Well -- a brand new information in the fast and furious investigation is congress delays today's hearing.
Into the botched gun walking scandal because the inspector general report.
I wasn't completed in time that are very only -- -- -- obtained portions of the yet unreleased report.
And among the highlights.
The Obama administration did not did not hatched the idea for operation fast and furious according to this report.
But the report finding instead that it was the idea of a local ATF officials.
The report does thought the Justice Department and ATF headquarters for a failure of leadership in this comes.
Months after the house voted to hold attorney general Eric Holder.
In contempt of congress.
For not turning over key documents in this ongoing investigation drinks Najaf and in a pot town of our senior judicial analysts -- jags.
William has this report we have not seen yet -- the public hasn't seen it but from what we hear from Williams reporting.
What are some of the possible.
Legal ramifications if any from the scene from -- well.
Williams reporting which is really superb and it's based on documents that he obtained and which are not yet available to the public.
Reveals that the inspector general whose job it is to -- and inspect and and examine and investigate the Justice Department.
Shared a portion of his report.
With the lawyers for senior ATF officials in Phoenix is perfectly legitimate.
And basically said here's about not to say about your client -- you want to respond.
And the lawyers responded so William has seen both the allegations by the inspector general and the responses to those allegations by the lawyers.
For the senior ATF people formerly senior -- here people in Phoenix.
And basically they're pointing fingers at each other -- not these people in Phoenix but Phoenix is pointing fingers at Washington DC saying you know.
We dispute this we dispute that we don't dispute the basics of what happened.
But everybody knew what was going -- Washington knew we were doing Washington approved and authorized it and you can't -- in your report that Washington did.
To authorize -- -- original idea originated.
Is that matter right now well and -- again getting back -- -- legal aspects and that's okay who.
We all know in this business that frequently the the events after an event sometimes called the cover up can be as harmful to look to the people involved as the events themselves where did this originate.
This actually originated in the Bush Administration.
And there was a time when law enforcement believed this was a legitimate law enforcement tool.
Let the guns get in the hands of the bad guys monitor the bad guys before they use the guns and and arrest them with the -- The second part didn't happen here.
They weren't monitored and they weren't arrested before they use them Jenna over 2000.
Guns -- -- about pistols were targeted at heavy duty.
Military type weaponry.
Got in the hands of of Mexican gangs the question is.
When did the president know about it President Obama.
When did attorney general holder know about it he's testified under oath and what did they know real briefly here judge what's next.
Well what's next is congressman I said who's the chair of the house committee investigating all this is not going to be happy.
With the inspector general's report because it's basically saying well this was concocted in Phoenix he has evidence to show.
That that the Justice Department knew about it and what's not candid about what it -- there's also the issue of executive privilege that the president has claimed.
And the House of Representatives suing the Justice Department get a federal judge to nullify executive privilege.
Somehow I think this won't be resolved before Election Day product and shut -- Thank you very much good to have you worked itself out that's always a pleasure thank thing.