Napolitano perjured herself to Congress in Fast & Furious testimony
by Neil W. McCabe
In her explosive new book Fast and Furious, Katie Pavlich makes the
case that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not only failed
to stop an operation that led to the death of one of her own, Border
Agent Brian A. Terry, but she may have also lied to Congress in sworn
testimony at a hearing held to find out what really happened.
Inside sources told Pavlich that Napolitano’s testimony was in direct
contradiction to emails she exchanged, and reports and briefings she
received, according to an exclusive preview of the book by Human
Pavlich’s book Fast and Furious is due to be released Monday, April
16. It is published by Regnery Publishing, owned by Eagle Publishing,
which also owns Human Events.
Most of the focus in the Fast and Furious scandal has been on attorney
Gen. Eric Holder, because his Department of Justice ran the program
through its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, still
referenced to as ATF, its old initials from before it was tasked with
But while Holder's people waved the questionable gun purchasers
through the checkout line, Napolitano was in charge of the Mexican
border those guns crossed.
Pavlich's book is particularly revealing, especially considering the
lengths the Obama administration has gone to keep anyone from knowing
anything about Fast & Furious and other gun-running operations. These
operations involved multiple federal agencies facilitating illegal gun
purchases, by co-opting the normal checks at gun stores in the
Southwest, and then ignoring the guns as they were taken into Mexico.
In Mexico, the guns were picked up at hundreds of gun sites.
Letting the guns slip away is a called “gun walking,” because the guns
were allowed to walk.
In her September testimony to a Senate committee, Napolitano told
senators she knew nothing about Fast & Furious until after Terry was
killed in a gunfight on the night of Dec. 14, 2010 with an AK-47
purchased at one of the gun stores that was one of the key retailers
where federal agents actively let guns walk.
In October, she told Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) at a hearing at
the Senate Judiciary Committee that she never spoke to the Dennis
Burke about Fast & Furious. Burke, who was the U.S. Attorney for the
Arizona Department, was her chief of staff when she was the governor
of Arizona and a close friend.
In the same month, Napolitano told Rep. Jason E. Chaffetz (R-Utah) at
a hearing held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government
Reform that she never spoke to Holder about Fast & Furious.
Homeland Security insiders paint a different picture, Pavlich reports.
Members of Congress questioning the secretary seem to know it, too.
One source said to the author, “When she says that [she] and Attorney
General Eric Holder have not discussed it, that is a lie. That's why
they keep asking her those questions in the Judicial, Oversight,
Homeland Security Committee hearings. They've asked her that same
questions twice and she’s lied twice.”
How did she know? The source said, “There are five emails linking her
to Holder. They go back two days after it happened—the first email was
two days after Brian was killed.”
In the emails, Holder and Napolitano discuss Terry's murder, the
source said to Pavlich.
The source concedes that Holder may have “kept her in the dark” about
all of the details of the gun walking, but her office approved letting
the guns walk into Mexico and one of the agencies under her command,
Customs and Border Protection, allowed guns through.
Another source from the ATF confirmed to Pavlich that Napolitano was
briefed regularly by an agent from another of her agencies,
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.
“There was an ICE agent assigned specifically to be the co-case agent
of Fast & Furious. He had to [file] an ICE report that either mirrored
or referenced every ATF report that was done,” the ATF source said.
Beyond reports, there were inter-agency jealousies that had to be
settled in Washington, he said.
The source said to Pavlich there were constant battles between ICE and
ATF agents over who would get credit for different seizures or other
issues. “I know phone calls were made to both headquarters to try and
settle those disputes.”
It was Terry's death that brought Operation Fast and Furious to an
abrupt end. But now, more than 16 months later, no one has been
charged with crimes associated with either the gun walking programs or
Pavlich makes a strong case that when people are finally charged with
crimes, Napolitano will have to answer for her perjury to Congress.
“Let me tell you something about Janet,” another source said to the
author. “Janet will be lucky not to go to prison.”
To watch part one of Human Events' interview with Katie Pavlich, click
Neil W. McCabe is the editor of Guns & Patriots. McCabe, was a
reporter and photographer at The Pilot, Boston's Catholic newspaper
for several years. An Army reservist, he served 14 months in Iraq as a
combat historian. Follow him on Twitter
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