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Yesterday, I profiled a Millennial who made the journey from the Left to becoming a Trump supporter.
Visit MAGA1776 for the full account in ‘My Story’.
The person contributes to The_Donald under the user ID CorruptionISTreason.
MAGA1776 has several sections tracking Donald Trump’s progress as president. There is also a news section. The latest items concern serious scandals from the Obama adminstration. Each has its own infographic and another user on The_Donald put these all together in one graphic, reproduced below.
These are the real reasons why Democrats — including Tulsi Gabbard, darling of Trump supporters until last week — want Attorney General Jeff Sessions to stand down. They do not want any of this investigated (click to enlarge):
More details about all of these are online. More will come to light as the year progresses.
Fast and Furious
In 2009, Fast and Furious sounded good to millions of Americans. After all, it was supposed to root out Mexican drug cartels. Wikipedia describes the operation, which had also been done under another name during Bush II’s second term. Regardless of when these operations took place:
The stated goal of allowing these purchases was to continue to track the firearms as they were transferred to higher-level traffickers and key figures in Mexican cartels, with the expectation that this would lead to their arrests and the dismantling of the cartels.
However, the programme was such a disaster, that millions of other Americans wonder if it was deliberately planned to fail spectacularly.
As Judicial Watch explains:
The ATF ran the Fast and Furious experiment and actually allowed criminals, “straw purchasers,” working for Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at federally licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix and allowed the guns to be “walked”—possessed without any knowledge of their whereabouts.
However (emphases mine):
The government lost track of most of the weapons and many have been used to murder hundreds of innocent people as well as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in Arizona.
A mainstream newspaper reported that a Muslim terrorist who planned to murder attendees of a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last year bought a 9-millimeter pistol at a Phoenix gun shop that participated in the ATF’s Fast and Furious program despite drug and assault charges that should have raised red flags. Judicial Watch has thoroughly investigated Fast and Furious and has sued the Obama administration for information about the once-secret operation.
Investigations into Fast and Furious have proven inconclusive and murky.
On June 20, 2012, Obama invoked executive privilege over 1,300 pages of documents that the Department of Justice had not turned over to Congress.
The following week — June 28, 2012 — Eric Holder, then Attorney General:
became the first sitting member of the Cabinet of the United States to be held in criminal contempt of Congress by the House of Representatives for refusing to disclose internal Justice Department documents in response to a subpoena. The vote was 255–67 in favor, with 17 Democrats voting yes and a large number of Democrats walking off the floor in protest and refusing to vote. A civil contempt measure was also voted on and passed, 258–95. The civil contempt vote allows the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to go to court with a civil lawsuit to look into the US Justice Department’s refusal to turn over some of the subpoenaed documents and to test Obama’s assertion of executive privilege. Holder dismissed the votes as “the regrettable culmination of what became a misguided—and politically motivated—investigation during an election year,” and the White House called it “political theater rather than legitimate congressional oversight”.
In September 2016, The Hill wrote about Fast and Furious in light of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s death in December 2010.
Asking ‘What alarmed agent Brian Terry?’, The Hill states that, when clearing out Brian’s effects, his brother Kent Terry found notes in a pair of his work boots:
These notes are both confirmed to be those of Agent Terry and according to his family are completely consistent with his handwriting.
Before then, just after Brian Terry’s death:
and directly after his dad had discussed with U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke the three emails Brian had sent to the National Border Patrol Council, fourth amendment search and seizure violations ensued. The government ransacked Brian Terry’s residence without a warrant and removed all electronic media devices. The family received the devices back after approximately one year. The devices were thoroughly and completely wiped clean by the government. Again the persistent question remains: Why?
The agent ran across some curious things in his work, such as multiple weapons caches buried in the desert. His superiors did not seem concerned. Three weeks before his death, The Hill says he confided in his mother:
how concerned he was about “something bad was going to happen”
and that there were
“two bad agents,” as Brian described them to his mom on that same visit home, who “aggressively confronted him”.
Just as bad, possibly worse in some respects, is the alleged international reach of these ‘walked’ weapons — across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Hill states that the nexus of Fast and Furious was the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix:
These weapons have not only been involved in killings of hundreds in Mexico, but were found at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout, and could be linked to the Bataclan terrorist attack in France on Nov. 13, 2015.
‘Could be’. We don’t yet know. However:
Did Agent Terry unknowingly stumble not only upon Operation Fast and Furious but a larger, international gun-running operation as well? A July 1, 2011 meeting at a Border Patrol office in Las Cruces, New Mexico at which Border Patrol Intelligence personnel from all of the area sectors attended, suggests that might have been the case. Was the underlying reason for this meeting what alarmed Brian Terry? Or perhaps because in all of this there are more questions than answers; more people willing to “Let ‘em through” than to thoroughly investigate and more hollow words than meaningful action. Perhaps this is what truly alarmed Agent Brian Terry, and lead to his prescient action regarding his journal notes.
In June 2016, Judicial Watch gave details on the possibility — a certainty to them — that one of the firearms was used in the Bataclan attack:
One of the guns used in the November 13, 2015 Paris terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona where the Obama administration allowed criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally in a deadly and futile “gun-walking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
A Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) tracked the gun used in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix gun owner who sold it illegally, “off book,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Federal agents tracing the firearm also found the Phoenix gun owner to be in possession of an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to law enforcement officials with firsthand knowledge of the investigation.
The investigative follow up of the Paris weapon consisted of tracking a paper trail using a 4473 form, which documents a gun’s ownership history by, among other things, using serial numbers. The Phoenix gun owner that the weapon was traced back to was found to have at least two federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic—but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual … “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
An ATF spokesman, Corey Ray, at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters told Judicial Watch that “no firearms used in the Paris attacks have been traced” by the agency. When asked about the ROI report linking the weapon used in Paris to Phoenix, Ray said “I’m not familiar with the report you’re referencing.” Judicial Watch also tried contacting the Phoenix ATF office, but multiple calls were not returned.
There we have it.
This is but one reason why Democrats want Sessions to resign — immediately.