THE MYTH: A handful of recent blog posts and Tweets wrongly suggest Speaker John Boehner opposes an Oversight Committee investigation of the Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation, or has “cut a deal” with Attorney General Eric Holder. None of this is remotely true, as Chairman Issa and his staff have confirmed. Here is a brief Q&A based on comments we’ve seen here on Speaker.gov, Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere:
Q: Does Speaker Boehner support an aggressive investigation into President Obama’s Justice Department’s botched “Fast & Furious” operation?
A: Yes. And as Speaker Boehner and his staff have said, the Speaker appreciates all of the hard work Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa and others have done to expose this scandal. President Obama’s Department of Justice needs to be accountable.
Q: Has Speaker Boehner or his staff intervened to stop or slow-walk the investigation into Operation Fast & Furious, or cut a deal with Attorney General Holder to ensure a favorable outcome for the administration?
A: Absolutely not. Oversight Committee spokeswoman Becca Glover Tweeted, “No one at leadership is trying to shut down our investigation into #fastandfurious. Enough with the conspiracy theories.” President Obama’s Department of Justice needs to be accountable, and Speaker Boehner supports an aggressive investigation.
Q: Where can I learn more about the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious?
A: The Oversight & Government Reform Committee has a website devoted to the scandal and the investigation: http://issues.oversight.house.gov/fastandfurious/. The website has key facts, information on the victims, video of testimony from Attorney General Holder and others, and much more.