Holder and Obama have held that they had no knowledge of operation “Fast and Furious” or related operations since the onset of the current Congressional inquiry.
That denial is becoming inoperative.
By Sharyl Attkisson | CBS News
At a lengthy hearing on ATF’s controversial gunwalking operationtoday, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O’Reilly is unclear and wasn’t fully explored at the hearing.
It’s the first time anyone has publicly stated that a White House official had any familiarity with ATF’s operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to gain intelligence. It’s unknown as to whether O’Reilly shared information with anybody else at the White House.
What did the President know, and when did he know it?