But then again, some would say Holder’s already dug himself a deep one. Big enough to accommodate Obama?
Border: A 2-year-old video shows a high Justice official saying “the president has directed us,” including the attorney general, to speed up Project Gunrunner and the offshoot that got a border agent killed.
This tape has no 18-minute gap, and while it does not feature the president himself, the March 24, 2009, video may rival the tape that turned a “third-rate burglary” into a presidential resignation. No one died at Watergate. Agent Brian Terry lost his life in the administration’s obsessive pursuit of gun control.
In addition to Agent Terry, Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed in a separate incident by a weapon allowed to “walk” into Mexico from the U.S. as part of the administration’s third-rate alleged attempt to track and catch gun traffickers.
The video shows Deputy Attorney General David Ogden, who would resign nine months later after less than a year’s service, telling reporters at a Department of Justice briefing of major policy initiatives to fight the Mexican drug cartels.
“The president has directed us to take action to fight these cartels,” Ogden begins, “and Attorney General Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan.”
At the president’s direction, Ogden said, the administration’s plan included DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “increasing its efforts by adding 37 new employees in three new offices, using $10 million in Recovery Act funds and redeploying 100 personnel to the Southwest border in the next 45 days to fortify its Project Gunrunner,” of which Operation Fast and Furious would be a part.
As we have noted, Attorney General Eric Holder himself gave a speech to Mexican authorities in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on April 2, 2009, taking credit for Gunrunner as well as Fast and Furious for himself and the Obama administration.
Holder told the audience: “Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner.”
The administration’s animus towards private gun ownership and the Second Amendment surfaced during the 2008 campaign, when President Obama spoke of bitter Pennsylvania townsfolk clinging to their guns. The Chicago Tribune noted that candidate Obama thought the District of Columbia’s total gun ban was constitutional, an opinion with which the U.S. Supreme Court disagreed in its Heller decision.