Romney Should Not Make Fast and Furious Election Issue, Says Former Attorney General
By Matthew Volkov | June 8, 2012 2:36 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney should not turn the Operation Fast and Furious scandal into a campaign issue, former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told reporters on Friday.

Gonzales’s comments come in the wake of a House Judiciary Committee oversight hearing on Thursday where lawmakers barraged Attorney General Eric Holder with questions about the botched gun-walking operation.

Alberto Gonzales

Gonzales said he “knows how damaging [political attacks] can be to a department.”

“If he’s going to use it for a political point to try to embarrass the Department of Justice, embarrass Holder, or Obama, simply for political reasons, I don’t support that,” the former attorney general told The Daily Caller.

Gonzales resigned from his position as attorney general in 2007 after congressional Democrats and some Republicans denounced him for what they said was inept and disengaged management of the Justice Department. His harshest critics claimed Gonzales allowed the department to become a political arm of the White House.

At Thursday’s hearing, Rep. Mike Quigley (D-Ill.) called the Fast and Furious operation “horribly ill-conceived” and in need of a “continued thorough independent investigation.”  But he questioned some Republicans’ motivation for continually hammering Holder about the operation.

“Justice must be done,” the lawmaker said.  ”But I would say that I believe the effort here has become politically motivated in an attempt to embarrass the administration.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Thursday that he was given wiretap applications from a “furious group of whistleblowers” tired of the department’s “stonewalling.”  Issa said the leaked information alleges that Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Lanny Breuer, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Jason Weinstein and  Organized Crime and and Gang Section chief James Trusty knew of the operation’s use of controversial gun-walking tactics, an assertion department leadership has repeatedly denied.

After the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost hundreds of guns from the operation, two were recovered from the scene of a shootout between U.S. Border Patrol agents and Mexican bandits. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in the gunfire.


One Comment

  1. topublic says:

    Indeed the United States Department of Justice(DOJ)office isn’t about politics, the use of the (DOJ)for politics is a contempt of authority of the (DOJ)office. The Department of Justice is the Constitution of United States of American’s place to uphold ‘no one is above it’s laws.’ Former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales did fall for Democrat Barack Hussein Obama II’s gaming for the take over the United States Department of Justices (DOJ), in essence working for the election of Democrat Barack Obama.

    It isn’t possible for Mitt Romney to make “fast and furious” a political issue as Democrat Barack Obama already has, Obama has positioned the “fast and furious” investigation in another one of his very publicly held citizen courts, for his own personal use, a tactic as old as the hills and known to man. It is pertinent to have answered, is Eric Holder’s delay, delay, delay, to the Congressional subpoenas factually including the priority is to reelect Democrat Barack Obama?

    It was premeditated on Democrat Barack Obama’s part as Obama stated before the appointment of Alberto Gonzales he saw and only he saw the potential crime in Gonzales to use the (DOJ)office to reelect G W Bush and that is why he didn’t vote for Alberto Gonzales: Insisting that Eric Holder resigns isn’t like it isn’t a quality of standard Obama hasn’t acknowledged in his double talk. The Larry King Show Obama calls on Alberto Gonzales to step down

    Eric Holder acknowledged he is working on Obama/Biden election. “”we worked together on the campaign and when he (David Axelrod) was in the White House, and he’s never done anything I would consider inappropriate” Holder said.”

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    This places the time at Obama/Biden 2012 campaign, “when he (David Axelrod)was in the White House”. Eric Holder’s delay, delay, delay, to Congressional subpoenas is factually what is attacking the question is Eric Holder’s priority of “fast and furious” the attempt to reelect Democrat Barack Obama, by the exploitation of “fast and furious” operation’s arrests, synchronizing the innocent criminal unlawful murders as not a huge number of incompetent deaths.

    Eric Holder certainly dose come across that “fast and furious” operation’s conclusion ought to be “you got to scramble a few eggs to make an omelet” and “no rules for the big guys” of the test program “fast and furious, to which Eric Holder is attempting to evolve we the United States citizens to conform to as well. The Attorney General(DOJ) office of 2012, requires an acting appointed Attorney General until one can be nominated.

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