Monday's testimony in the "Fast and Furious" hjearings in Congress; from the Wall Street Journal:
Justice Official Regrets Gun Sting - WSJ.com
Lanny Breuer, assistant attorney general in charge of the criminal division, and his staff reacted with alarm in the spring of 2010 after they learned about the tactics.
The officials were apparently unaware at the time that the same tactics were in use in a 2009-2010 ATF operation called Fast and Furious, which has come to haunt the Justice Department.
Mr. Breuer, in an interview Monday, addressed the Fast and Furious case in detail for the first time.
He said he now regretted he didn't do more to raise concerns about the tactics, known as gun-walking, with Mr. Holder and others.
"I thought this was an isolated matter from '06-07," Mr. Breuer said. "I wish I had alerted the deputy and the attorney general. I didn't recognize there was this other case out there that had probably, not identical, but comparable problems."
Let us hope that the Honorable Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Honorable Sen. Charles Grassley (R., Iowa), continue the congressional probe of Fast and Furious to conclusion.
In an April 2010 email Jason Weinstein, a senior official in Mr. Breuer's office, describes being "stunned" at learning about the ATF tactics.
"ATF [headquarters] should/will be embarrassed that they let this many guns walk," Mr. Weinstein says.