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Cunningham is represented by Tobin Romero of Williams and Connolly who is a specialist in white collar crime. In the letter, he suggests witnesses from the Department of Justice in Washington, who have spoken in support of Attorney General Eric Holder, are wrong or lying.
“Department of Justice officials have reported to the Committee that my client relayed inaccurate information to the Department upon which it relied in preparing its initial response to Congress. If, as you claim, Department officials have blamed my client, they have blamed him unfairly,” the letter to Issa says.
Romero claims Cunningham did nothing wrong and acted in good faith, but the Department of Justice in Washington is making him the fall guy, claiming he failed to accurately provide the Oversight Committee with information on the execution of Fast and Furious. Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Originally posted by brokedown
As a supporter of the Constitution, I support his right to invoke the 5th, a right of every citizen.
The evidence of a crime is blatantly obvious, and the Prosecutor already has enough testimony to levy Criminal Charges.
The problem is the lack of moral fortitude to charge the guilty, Eric Holder, the boss.
Fall guy ? Absolutely !
During the course of our investigation, the Committee has learned of the outsized role played by the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office – and you specifically – in approving the unacceptable tactics used in Fast and Furious. Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the Committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the Department in preparation for its initial response to Congress.
These officials told us that even after Congress began investigating Fast and Furious, you continued to insist that no unacceptable tactics were used. In fact, documents obtained confidentially just last week appear to confirm that you remained steadfast in your belief that no unacceptable tactics were used, even after the Department’s initial response to the congressional inquiry. Given that the Attorney General has labeled these tactics as unacceptable and Fast and Furious as “fundamentally flawed,” this position is startling.
Meanwhile, back in Arizona, lawmakers are beginning their own probe into Operation Fast and Furious. A special committee was formed to find out if state gun dealers were coerced by federal officials into selling guns to buyers they knew were criminals.
"I know one thing, some of them will testify they were forced to do it under the threat of losing their license to sell firearms in this state. That's wrong and we're gonna investigate it," said Republic state Rep. David Burnell Smith. Read more: www.foxnews.com...
State laws broken by federal officials could include misconduct involving weapons, conspiracy or aiding and abetting those involved in a crime. "We have waited long enough," said Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin. " This thing is over a year old. It is time to move forward and see where we are going to be, to see what really happened." Read more: www.foxnews.com...
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa called the decision a "startling development" and in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder wrote that the refusal to testify implies that "Mr. Cunningham may have engaged in criminal conduct with respect to Fast and Furious is a major escalation of the department's culpability." Read more: www.foxnews.com...