We’re up to 52 Republican members of Congress calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his role in the “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, including presidential candidate Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.
Bachmann hasn’t been a Holder fan since the Fast and Furious story broke, but on Friday she told the Daily Caller it’s time for the Attorney General to go:
Bachmann is the first presidential candidate, and the 52nd member of Congress, to demand Holder’s immediate resignation. “Attorney General Holder should resign because of the mismanagement of ‘Fast and Furious,’” Bachmann told TheDC. “As the nation’s top law enforcement officer, he bears the responsibility for the actions of his department.”
It might take Holder a while to receive Bachmann’s call for resignation, as he’s been on a lovely tropical vacation – er, make that “law enforcement-related excursion” to Barbados, Trinidad, and the Dominican Republic. You can’t make this stuff up.
When he gets back from whatever pressing challenge to America’s internal security requires the presence of the Attorney General in Barbados, Holder has some questions to answer about a Texas gun-running case that has ominous overtones of Fast and Furious, involving weapons used in the murder of a federal agent. As reported by the Houston Chronicle:
Otilio Osorio was just 22 in October 2010 when he purchased a Romanian-made Draco AK-47 pistol in Joshua, just outside Fort Worth.
There was nothing remarkable about the sale until the gun, with its serial number obliterated, was identified as one of three weapons used to kill Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata on a Mexico highway four months later.
Documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle show that at different points in 2010, two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms divisions – Dallas and Phoenix – had evidence implicating Osorio well before drug gangsters gunned down Zapata and his partner Victor Avila, who survived.
But no one put it all together until agents in Dallas arrested Osorio in February, 13 days after Zapata’s death and four months after Osorio purchased the deadly Draco.
Now the case of Osorio, as well as his ex-Marine brother Ranferi Osorio, and their next-door neighbor in the Dallas suburb of Lancaster, Kelvin Leon Morrison, is exhibit A in an effort by congressional Republicans to uncover a Texas version of the flawed tactics used in the Phoenix-based Operation Fast and Furious.
Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) wants to know if the Osarios were part of another catch-and-release “gun walking” operation, since the ATF had them dead to rights after using an uncover informant to implicate them in a massive gun purchase for the Zetas cartel (“over 40 firearms, about half of them Dracos or Romanian AK-47 rifles”) but didn’t arrest them.
The ATF insists there was no gun walking operation out of Dallas, but Cornyn is not happy with the response to his requests for information. “The attorney general has taken every opportunity to sidestep and stonewall,” said Cornyn, “and until he reassures Texans that gun-walking never occurred in our state, I will continue to press him for answers.”