New report from Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News:
It appears that Senator Grassley just revealed on the Senate floor emails from one of the FFLs involved in the "Fast and Furious" scandal. The emails reveal two major points:
1. The FFL asked ATF for a letter of understanding to insure they would not later be hung out to dry for cooperating with ATF. ATF declined to provide this.
2. ATF Supervisor David Voth set up a meeting between the FFL, ATF and the U.S. Attorney's office where the FFL once again voiced concerns. The AUSA apparently told the FFL that safeguards were in place to prevent further distribution of the guns he was selling at the ATF's behest.
The second point is particularly important as AG Holder has stated that the Justice Department has never knowingly sanctioned or allowed the sale of assault weapons to straw purchasers.
The fact that an AUSA was involved in this and directly heard these concerns means that AG Holder's claims on this are seriously undermined.
And in yet another example of waving a flag in front of the bull, the Department of Justice apparently released limited materials from those requested to Rep. Issa; but when Sen. Grassley's staff sought access to the same materials they were not allowed entry. I don't know what Keystone Kop thought that this was a good approach to take with a U.S. Senator; but I sure hope he keeps doing it.
That level of recalcitrance also makes me think that whover is responsible for this is high enough up in DOJ to provide good cover for employees engaged in petty vindictiveness.