Department of Justice: We Don't Know Who Authorized Operation Fast and Furious

Posted: Jun 15, 2011 1:13 PM

Deny deny deny. Take no responsibility.

Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich couldn't answer a few simple questions asked by House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa surrounding Operation Fast and Furious today on Capitol Hill.

"Who authorized this program that got people killed? Who here in Washington authorized it?"


"We don't know."

Testimony and overwhelming evidence presented during a hearing today on Capitol Hill indicates otherwise. Mutliple emails show high profile meetings between Department of Justice and ATF officials about Operation Fast and Furious. Testimony from ATF agents exposed that high ranking officials in the Justice Department and ATF supervisors were ordering lower ranking agents to carry out the lethal operation.

"Why did the Obama Administration authorize the illegal trafficking of over 2000 weapons to Mexico," Rep. Jason Chaffetz asked Weich.

Weich responded by saying he did not have the authoriy to answer that question, either. Weich also couldn't affirm if Operation Fast and Furious has been discontinued. Weich also claimed in his opening statement during testimony that the Department of Justice has been coorporating with the Oversight Committee in their requests for information.

"The Department has been working diligently to satisfy the Committee’s core oversight interests," Weich said.

DOJ has not complied and has ignored multiple Congressional subpoenas issued, to the point DOJ officials may be held in contempt. Rep. Issa wasn't impressed with Meich's response. 

“You’ve given us wax paper instead of white paper,” Issa said, referring to 800 pages of paper so redacted, it looks like black paper instead of white, "How dare you make an opening statement of cooperation.”