Washington, Dec. 8 -
Madam Speaker, the Justice Department appears to have gone rogue. Instead of enforcing the law, they seem to be recklessly encouraging violations of law.
The Justice Department, with the aid of the ATF, apparently facilitated the smuggling of over 2,000 weapons to the drug cartels south of the border ñ the national enemy of Mexico. Those weapons were used to kill at least 200 Mexican nationals and two U.S. law enforcement agents.
Who is responsible for this conduct? The Attorney General says he was unaware of Fast and Furious. He claims he either didnít get the memo or he didnít read it. Thatís a lame excuse. The Attorney General is he chief lawyer and law enforcement officer in the country. If people under him violated U.S. or international law, they need to be held accountable, even if it means somebody goes to jail.
We need an independent special counsel to investigate the Justice Department and the ATF. The Department of Justice cannot be trusted to investigate themselves because the agency has lost credibility. Even Washington insiders responsible for Fast and Furious cannot hide from the long arm of American justice because justice is what we do in this country.
And that's just the way it is.