DOJ Withheld Fast and Furious Whistleblower Memo
“It's inexcusable that the Justice Department withheld evidence of yet another red flag that ATF walked guns,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee whose initial investigation disclosed the agents’ concerns in early 2011. It was Grassley who was the recipient of the Feb. 4, 2011 letter from Justice that inaccurately denied gunwalking had occurred.
“As DOJ's denial was being crafted, some in ATF were alerting senior management that whistleblower protection guidance was in order because another agent had backed up the initial reports of gunwalking,” Grassley said. “The Justice Department is denying the public a full understanding of what it knew and when by sitting on documents like these that might be embarrassing.”
There is nothing about this information that would compromise an ongoing investigation, nothing that merits a claim of executive privilege, and Congress certainly has the right as an independent branch of government to investigate how the DOJ came to lie to them.
Why is this only being released now? What else is being hidden without good cause?