by Doug Book
With Friday evening’s release of e-mails, the Obama White House was finally forced to admit its early knowledge of, and possible involvement in, the Operation Fast and Furious “Gunwalking” scandal, even if not by that name.
During the summer of 2010, Bill Newell, Special Agent in Charge of the ATF Arizona field office, exchanged numerous e-mails and telephone calls with Kevin O’Reilly, White House staffer and Director of North American Affairs of the National Security Council.
We now know the subject of these contacts to have been Operation Fast and Furious, the infamous Obama administration gunwalking debacle.
While O’Reilly was a White House National Security Director, he not only held meetings in the White House with such notables as the president and vice president, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano, and members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but he asked for and received “regular updates” on ATF border operations directly from none other than Bill Newell.
O’Reilly then shared this information with Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council and Greg Gatjanis, Director of Terrorist Finance and Counternarcotics, National Security Council.
For months, Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have maintained that they neither had knowledge of, nor approved the Fast and Furious scheme –- Holder under questioning by the Grassley/Issa congressional committees.
In support of these claims, the White House had “provided” L.A. Times reporter Richard Serrano with a select few of Newell’s e-mails in which neither Fast and Furious nor Gunwalking are mentioned. As Obama’s operatives undoubtedly expected, Serrano obligingly concluded that the White House had no idea that “a botched sting operation had allowed hundreds of guns to flow to drug cartels.”
Yet under questioning by the Grassley/Issa committees on July 26th of this year, Newell admitted that he did indeed discuss the gunwalking operation with Kevin O’Reilly, “as early as September 2010.”
And now, with the release of more than the very few e-mails leaked to Serrano, more information exists linking not only the White House but key Obama NSA advisers and staffers to the man who managed Operation Fast and Furious from its inception: Bill Newell.
After all, is it likely that neither O’Reilly, Restrepo, or Gatjanis mentioned a major ATF border operation to the president?
The White House still maintains it had never heard the words “Fast and Furious,” that “gunwalking” was never discussed either in conversation or by e-mail and that no one in the White House knew anything of firearms being “lost” rather than interdicted by the ATF.
Nevertheless, according to Friday’s Politico, “the chief council to President Barack Obama…indicated that the White House was withholding an unspecified number of INTERNAL EMAILS exchanged among three National Security Staff aides.” (Emphasis added.)
Could these aides be Restrepo, O’Reilly and Gatjanis? Could the withheld e-mails include the Fast and Furious label or at least details of the walking of guns across the Mexican border?
The Watergate cover-up inflicted a death-of-a-thousand-cuts on Richard Nixon. Yet even with a “supportive” national media, the Obama regime is gradually drowning in its own attempts at subterfuge.
“These internal NSS emails are not included in the enclosed documents because the [Executive Office of the President] has significant confidentiality interests in its internal communication,” writes Obama’s Chief Council Kathryn Ruemmler.
Finally something coming from the White House which we can all believe!
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