Phoenix district United States Attorney Dennis Burke resigned last week, desperately hoping the move would help him avoid prison time for his criminal involvement in the Obama Regime’s Operation Fast and Furious.
Chief of Staff to former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, Burke moved to Washington, D.C. as her Senior Adviser when Napolitano was chosen to head up Homeland Security, acquiring along the way all the political clout necessary to become Obama’s pick as US Attorney.
And when the dependably dishonest, liberal “yes man” was named to the post in September of 2009, Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder knew another indispensable Department of Justice operative was in place for the implementation of Operation Fast and Furious......For although this criminal enterprise was a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms operation, we now know it was actually the Obama empowered US Attorney’s office in Arizona which pulled the strings it was hoped would bring the scheme to fruition.
In a letter to US Attorney Ann Scheel, Burke’s replacement in Arizona, Senator Charles Grassley writes, “the level of involvement of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona in the genesis and implementation of [Fast and Furious] is striking.” And later, Grassley states his committee’s investigation “…has revealed [the Arizona US Attorney's office]…played an integral role in the day-to-day, tactical management of the case.” (1)
Moreover, “…all the available tools, such as civil forfeitures and seizure warrants, were not used in [Fast and Furious] to prevent illegally purchased guns from being trafficked to Mexican drug cartels and other criminals.” (1)
Why would the United States Attorney, tasked with prosecuting those identified by Fast and Furious, wish to make the job of the ATF more difficult?.....Because the true purpose of the Operation was neither to interdict the smuggling of guns nor uncover the identities of the “Who’s Who” of Mexican drug and arms traffickers......Guns were SUPPOSED to move across the border, show up at countless crime scenes and be traced back to US dealers....... Only then would the left be provided with the necessary excuse for the implementation of more restrictive gun legislation on the American public.
And the DOJ, through Dennis Burke’s office in Arizona, was entrusted with making sure these things happened......But although Burke worked to protect straw purchasers and gun runners from the law, his other criminal interference in Fast and Furious was even more disgraceful.