According to just-breaking Fox News reports, the Congressional investigation into the failed and deadly Operation Fast and Furious program intends to issue a new subpoena to Obama Attorney General Eric Holder today.
Unlike an earlier subpoena back in March that dealt specifically with the ATF, this most recent subpoena appears much broader, encompassing the Department of Justice – and most importantly, Attorney General Eric Holder himself. Fox News is indicating the subpoena will be focusing on access to communications between top ranking DOJ officials on the subject of Fast and Furious, and the events surrounding the death of Border Agent Brian Terry.
Already leaked documents in recent days appear to indicate Attorney General Eric Holder may very well have lied to Congress when giving testimony last spring. At that time Holder indicated he had just recently learned of the Fast and Furious operation. Information disclosed from the recently overturned DOJ documents appear to directly contradict Holder’s claim- a situation that places the Attorney General in the increasingly uncomfortable and politically volatile situation of having to defend his earlier and apparently false testimony to Congress.
This latest subpoena indicates Congressional investigators are now attempting to confirm if Eric Holder committed perjury. If such perjury is proven, the Attorney General’s future in his present position at the Obama Department of Justice is likely nearing its end. Further speculation will then focus on President Obama himself. White House insiders have indicated those closest to the president have been working diligently to insulate President Obama from the now increasingly certain and significant fallout coming from the Fast and Furious debacle. Whether those efforts prove successful remains to be seen.