Issa: Wiretaps reveal DOJ informed of gun walking

The Washington Times reports:

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday said new documents show that senior Justice Department officials in Washington, despite their previous denials, were given “specific information about reckless tactics” in the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning investigation. . .

“The wiretap applications show that immense detail about questionable investigative tactics was available to the senior officials who reviewed and authorized them. The close involvement of these officials — much greater than previously known — is shocking,” Mr. Issa wrote.

The wiretap applications are under seal and can’t be made the public, so we have to rely on Issa’s account for now. However, the applications have been forwarded to the minority party, so if he’s misrepresenting them, we will hear about it almost immediately.

But if his description is accurate, it proves that the DOJ was fully informed of Gunwalker and must have acknowledged that awareness to a judge. Andrew McCarthy explains that the wiretap applications must include:

a full and complete statement as to whether or not other investigative procedures have been tried and failed or why they reasonably appear to be unlikely to succeed if tried or to be too dangerous.

That, obviously, requires a more-than-superficial analysis of those procedures; gunwalking in this case.

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