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President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program “Begun Under the Previous Administration”

Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/09/22 00:30:52
by Jake Tapper
ABC News,


Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”

In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.

Previous programs involving ATF agents allowing guns to “walk” across the border so as to trace them were run during the Bush presidency, but not this particular “field-initiated program.”

Asked for comment, White House Spokesman Eric Schultz said, “The President was referring to the flawed tactic of gun-walking, which despite Republicans efforts to politicize this issue, began under the previous Administration and it was our Attorney General who ended it. In fact, this week’s IG report affirms this and if Republicans still have any legitimate questions about Fast and Furious, the 450-page report answers them. In light of this thorough report and Congress’s 16 month-long investigation, Republicans have no excuse to keep wasting time and taxpayer resources on politically-motivated, election-year attacks.”

As for President Obama’s discussion about the Justice Department Inspector General’s report on Fast and Furious, it’s true the Inspector General “concluded that although Attorney General Holder was notified immediately of (Border Patrol) Agent (Brian) Terry’s shooting and death, he was not told about the connection between the firearms found at the scene of the shooting and Operation Fast and Furious.

We determined that Attorney General Holder did not learn of that fact until sometime in 2011, after he received Sen. Grassley’s January 27 letter. Senior Department officials were aware of this significant and troubling information by December 17, 2010, but did not believe the information was sufficiently important to alert the Attorney General about it or to make any further inquiry regarding this development.”

But this was not entirely an exoneration of the Justice Department run by Mr. Holder. “We found it troubling that a case of this magnitude, and one that affected Mexico so significantly was not directly briefed to the Attorney General,” the report stated.
In addition to specific disciplinary measures, the Inspector General “made six recommendations designed to increase the Department’s involvement in and oversight of ATF operations, improve coordination among the Department’s law enforcement components, and enhance the Department’s wiretap application review and authorization process. The OIG intends to closely monitor the department’s progress in implementing these recommendations.”

NOTE:

Issa expects 14 officials to resign

'Nothing in this report vindicates anyone'
CNS News) House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Thursday that he expects that the 14 DOJ and ATF officials found responsible for Operation Fast and Furious to resign like two other top officials did after the inspector general’s report was released on Wednesday.

“We expect that all 14 would find a way to find appropriate new occupations – ones in which their poor judgment or lack of dedication or unwillingness to actually read documents they were required to read would not be held accountable,” he said in his opening statement at the hearing on the IG’s report.

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  • Bob DiN 2012/09/24 07:53:06
    Bob DiN
    One more of many Obama's lies. The were different programs.
  • Beverly 2012/09/22 20:07:47
    Beverly
    +2
    Another day, another lie.
  • frank 2012/09/22 17:48:44
    frank
    +2
    Like they said it's the same thing only different
  • Jeff Smith 2012/09/22 12:06:43
    Jeff Smith
    +3
    Really and it took Holder 3 years to figure it out ya he's on top of his game. Liar
  • Yo'Adri... Jeff Smith 2012/09/22 20:20:46
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +2
    Got that right.......pants on fire......liar!
  • TheTruth1313 2012/09/22 06:38:07
  • Yo'Adri... TheTrut... 2012/09/22 20:21:43
  • TheTrut... Yo'Adri... 2012/09/23 07:11:40
    TheTruth1313
    Thank you Adrienne!! Much appreciated:-)
  • Iamfree 2012/09/22 05:41:56
    Iamfree
    +3
    His lips were moving--of course he was lying.
  • bye 2012/09/22 04:38:58
    bye
    +1
    Why didn't the most transparent administration in history as it was billed release the information rather then have the Prez seal it up....sounds like cover up till after the election if you ask me and if he's relected then it will be buried along with the truth.
  • wtw 2012/09/22 04:19:46
    wtw
    +2
    Modus operundi!
  • Red Branch 2012/09/22 04:19:43 (edited)
    Red Branch
    +2
    His lips are moving which means that he his lying.

    If that were true, Obama would use it to take the focus off his crimes.

    Edit:
    Executive Privilege can only be used to protect his ass.
  • CuresCancer 2012/09/22 04:05:39
    CuresCancer
    +5
    Obama told the truth once.


    He immediately broke out in hives.
  • bye CuresCa... 2012/09/22 04:39:28
    bye
    lol
  • No nonsense NanC...don't BS... 2012/09/22 03:55:07
    No nonsense NanC...don't BS me!
    +4
    "In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency."

    The liar in chief strikes again.... does he think we are all stoooooooopid? No
    he just thinks their are enough Americans who are that will elect him with the
    moron vote............

    obama liar \

    I hear you Barack, loud and clear!
  • Fashionable60s 2012/09/22 03:31:42 (edited)
    Fashionable60s
    +4
    Liar, liar pants on fire, Nose is longer than a telephone wire, Stick you head in a jelly jar, Then you wonder where you are. Obumble is so lame with his lies, this is a new one. Meanwhile 2 DOJ officials already resigned and 14 more to go. What's next? Would he throw Michelle under the bus or his two daughters in order to be re-elected? His nose is getting longer and longer by the day. This POTUS has no shame.

    Obama with Pinocchio nose
  • Golden Panther 2012/09/22 02:54:17
    Golden Panther
    +4
    Now did anyone believe odumbo and his Jack-boot thugs would ever admit doing something really inane as Fast and Furious? These mendacious cretins, and their cronies in the Senate and House, must not be reelected if this nation is to survive. What other nefarious deeds is this despot planning aside from genocide commencing with senior citizens? When will they commence jihad against Christians? Last chance America...better wake up now or forever hold your peace.
  • Sgt Major B 2012/09/22 01:22:41
    Sgt Major B
    +2
    Just chalk up another one for the Liar-In-Chief.
  • Cat 2012/09/22 01:21:02
    Cat
    A similar operation occurred under Bush, but he got lucky in that none of those guns showed up at the murder of an American cop.
  • maquignon 2012/09/22 01:10:20
    maquignon
    +2
    Does anyone expect Obama to tell the truth about anything anymore???
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/09/22 00:34:57
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    +5
    He is lying again. The Bush program ended in 2007 when they found that the bad guys were taking the tracers off - the Mexican government worked with our government and all weapons had tracers on them. The program was dead and ended in 2007. This FF program started in 2009, no coordination with Mexican government, and no tracers on weapons; 75% have not been found to this day.

    I am so sick of these constant lies from this administration - it must stop
  • Yo'Adri... Jackie ... 2012/09/22 00:54:14
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +3
    It will stop Jackie...................on November 6th....we WILL MAKE IT STOP!
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/09/22 00:34:44
    Rusty Shackleford
    +7
    Blaming Bush?

    Is this some sort of new tactic?
  • Yo'Adri... Rusty S... 2012/09/22 00:55:03
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/09/22 00:33:14
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +3
    They can lie and lie and lie!
  • Yo'Adri... Gracie ... 2012/09/22 00:55:51
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +4
    It's all they know how to do! The truth would give them a heart attack.....it's so DRASTIC!
  • Yo'Adrienne..AFCL 2012/09/22 00:32:17 (edited)
    Yo'Adrienne..AFCL
    +5
    What can we say......................exce... LIAR PANTS ON FIRE!!! WHATELSE IS NEW ? Liar liar  pants on fire

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