The Real Obama Liberal Legacy is a periodic series to highlight the results of liberal progressivism put into practice.
Next up, Fast and Furious.
The promise: I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration. When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it.” —President Obama, 9/20/2012
The reality: This statement earned the president “Three Pinocchios” from the Washington Post’s fact checker and a “False” from Politifact. The gunwalking operation authorized by the Obama administration, “Fast and Furious”, funneled 2,000 firearms directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
One of these weapons was used to kill Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
Executive privilege? President Obama attempted to claim executive privilege to avoid turning over documents subpoenaed by congressional committees investigating the operation. However, this claim was rejected by a federal judge.
In response to stonewalling from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder—in the form of misleading statements and withholding documents—the House voted in June 2012 to hold AG Holder in contempt of Congress.
Finally, in April of this year, the administration relented and turned over thousands of documents related to the investigation.
There’s a better way: The disastrous Fast and Furious operation armed dangerous drug lords in Mexico and directly resulted in the Agent Terry’s death. After the operation was exposed, the administration made every effort to stonewall bipartisan investigations into the matter. There is a better way to keep Americans safe and protect the homeland. Learn more about our plan at better.gop.