The whole scandal never happened! The tale being woven starts thusly:
The ATF is hobbled in its effort to stop this flow. No federal statute outlaws firearms trafficking, so agents must build cases using a patchwork of often toothless laws.
Given that it starts with this patent falsehood, you know you’re going to be in for a doozy. I’m sure this will be news for criminals chilling in the federal pen right now for, well, firearms trafficking. The act of buying guns for criminals is a 10 year federal felony. The act of smuggling guns across the border is as well. Conspiracy can be used to reach people who knowingly further these activities.
Quite simply, there’s a fundamental misconception at the heart of the Fast and Furious scandal. Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tellÂ FortuneÂ that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn.
This is such a naked attempt to make this story goes away it defies credulity. The story is also a naked attempt to smear the whistleblowers in the case:
The prosecutor had told Dodson that an assistant U.S. Attorney “won’t be able to approve of letting firearms ‘walk’ in furtherance of your investigation without first briefing the U.S. Attorney and Criminal Chief.”
It was the first time Voth learned that Dodson intended to walk guns. Voth says he refused to approve the plan and instead consulted his supervisor, who asked for a proposal from Dodson in writing. Dodson then drafted one, which Voth forwarded to his supervisor, who approved it on May 28.
If Dodson was really a rouge, irresponsible agent, why wouldn’t the politically expedient thing to do be to throw those responsible under the bus, come clean to Congress, produce all the documentation, and move on. But that’s not what is happening. The Administration is hiding something.