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January 31, 2012The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.Attorney GeneralU.S. Departinent of Justice950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20530Dear Attorney General Holder:On October 12, 2011, this Committee issued a subpoena to you for documents regardiilgOperation Fast and Furious. The subpoenaed documents are vital to help Congress fully understand thegenesis, implementation, and oversight of Operation Fast and Furious within the Department of Justice.They are also critical in understanding how the Department inishandled its response to Congress andobstructed our investigative responsibilities.Late on Friday, January 27, 2012 — a year into our investigation — the Depaitment produceddocuments that provide staitling new details about the involveinent of senior Department officials in whatappears to be the Fast and Furious cover-up. We now know that Assistant Attorney General LannyBreuer, head of the Criminal Division, promoted the moving of guns to Mexico as a strategy worthpursuing. This dangerous strategy relied on Mexican law enforcement officials to capture the guns andthe smugglers who trafficked them. One e-mail reads,
"Breuer suggested allowing straw purchaserscross into Mexico so SSP [Secretariat of Public Security] can arrest and PGR [Office of the GeneralProsecutor] can prosecute and convict. Such coordinated operations between the US and Mexicomay send a strong message to arms traffickers."'
These new documents show that Breuer made thisstatement on February 4, 2011, the same day Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote toCongress denying that the Department allowed guns to walk.The fact that the Departnlent just produced this document on Friday shows the lengths to ivhichyou are willing to go to obstruct our investigation and deceive the public. Just inonths ago, the prioradministration faced severe cr iticism regarding the ATF Phoenix Field Division's alleged use of similartactics. Mr. Breuer advocated these same tactics. It is inconceivable that the Department just becameaware of this highly damaging document. On October 31, 2011, Mr. Breuer apologized for failing to stopquestionable tactics used in Fast and Furious in 2010. Yet, as late as February 2011, he was activelyadvocating gunwalking. This e-mail casts renewed doubt on the sincerity of Mr. Br'euer's apology and hisability to continue to serve in a leadership role at the Department.
' E-mail from Anthony P. Garcia to Adam Lurie, Bruce Swartz, Kenneth Blanco, Jason Weinstein, et al. (Feb. 4,2011, 3:49 PM) [HOGR DOJ 005752-54].