CBS News -- For more than a year, CBS News has been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms' "Fast and Furious" operation and related cases that also employed the controversial tactic of "gunwalking." With Justice Department officials refusing all interview requests to date, CBS News requested numerous public documents through the Freedom of Information Act.
So far, all of the requests that have been answered have been denied in part or in full.
This week, we received a partial response to a request made more than a year ago. It asked for communications involving "Project Gunrunner," the umbrella program for Fast and Furious, from 2010 through April 2011. Specifically, it sought any communications to which any of the following top Justice officials were a party: Attorney General Eric Holder; Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division; Kevin Carwile, chief of the Capital Case Unit; and Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals Bruce Schwarz and Kenneth Blanco.
The response includes mostly-blank pages.
Blog author's comments - Should the blank pages be a surprise to CBS News? For months, congressional Republicans probing ATF's Fast and Furious "Gunwalker" scandal -- led by California Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman Darell Issa -- have been preparing a contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious.
If the DOJ will not provide the House Oversight Committee the information they have requested, why would CBS News think they would receive anything?
Perhaps -- but I have serious doubts -- the Oversight Committee will expose the hypocrisy and deceit of AG Eric Holder and the Department of Justice over operation 'Fast and Furious'.
I don't believe anything will come of this investigation, Fast and Furious will eventually fade away with no damage to AG Eric Holder or President Obama.