The email exchanges span a little over a month last summer. They discuss ATF's gun trafficking efforts along the border including the controversial Fast and Furious case, though not by name. The emails to and from O'Reilly indicate more than just a passing interest in the Phoenix office's gun trafficking cases. They do not mention specific tactics such as "letting guns walk."Cloudy.
A lawyer for the White House wrote Congressional investigators: "none of the communications between ATF and the White House revealed the investigative law enforcement tactics at issue in your inquiry, let alone any decision to allow guns to 'walk.'"
Here is a report from appears to be from part of the loyal opposition, talking about a plan to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (BATF or ATF).
The Instapundit comments
Couldn’t happen to a more deserving agency. I agree with the suggestion, though, that such a move would likely be part of a cover-up, rather than an effort at government streamlining, or accountability.What I still don't understand about this operation is why it was so extensive or why there has been this reluctance to talk about it. The only thing that comes to mind is that this was really all about proving that, yes, violence in Mexico is because of guns being freely available in the United States, an assertion that was disproven when it was first raised.
But, this thread is slowly unraveling, and not at my end.
Regards — Cliff
♠ The term "Friday Dump" is described well here.