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In a letter to the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) sent in early December, House Judiciary ranking member Jim Jordan (R-OH) urged the Bureau to abandon its plans to destroy gunrunning evidence from Obama-era Attorney General Eric Holder‘s Operation Fast and Furious.
The letter said, in part:
Although the ATF apparently intends to forget its dangerous misconduct in Operation Fast and Furious, the scandal is still a matter of public concern. In fact, earlier this year, prosecutors in Mexico charged seven individuals with crimes related to Operation Fast and Furious, including Mexico’s former top police official and a former Mexican Federal Police commander. Given the potential for ongoing criminal and possible civil actions, it is not in the interest of justice for the ATF to destroy potential evidence associated with Operation Fast and Furious. I request that you immediately take steps to preserve all evidence associated with Operation Fast and Furious and confirm in writing that you have done so.
The ATF responded to Jordan by letting him know they would not destroy the firearms. The House Judiciary GOP responded to the ATF’s reversal by tweeting, “The agency reversed course and informed us that it will now preserve the evidence related to the Obama/Biden scandal.”
Jordan noted that the continued existence of the evidence is paramount, as “there is still ongoing litigation in Mexico” concerning Fast and Furious.
Moreover, Jordan pointed out that the gunrunning scheme failed to result in the arrest of drug cartel leaders, which was the ubiquitous goal of the operation, and it resulted in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
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Holder Exhorts “Voting-Rights” Activists to Protest in the Streets & Get Arrested
In an August 12, 2021 appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Holder said that leftwing protesters needed to be “in the streets” getting arrested in the political fight over voting laws like the radical For The People Act. When Maddow asked Holder to discuss what he thought about “the direct action strategy that is being brought by voting rights advocates,” he replied:
“Power concedes nothing without demand. We too often underestimate the power we have as regular American citizens by marching, by protesting, by raising our voices. That’s a really important part of the thing that I’m leading, The National Democratic Redistricting Committee. We have a big advocacy campaign to get American citizens involved in this fight. If we make our voices known if we demand the kind of change, the fair change we’re seeking, I think it will help in the process. Raising the consciousness of people by demonstrating, by getting arrested, by doing the things that ended segregation. If you asked people back in the 1950s, do you think marching, demonstrating will bring down a system of American apartheid? You probably would have said, no, that won’t happen. We shouldn’t lose faith right now. We shouldn’t lose faith. Citizens can make a change. Citizens need to be in the streets. Citizens need to be demonstrating. Citizens need to be calling representatives to demand the kind of change that will make this country more representative, make our democracy more fair.”
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