Some politicians and the media like to think the Fast and Furious scandal is over, that we know what happened and it’s no big deal. But three years later, the White House still refuses to release all documents on the operation. Officials refuse to say who knew about the gun walking. The Mexican government say 211 people have been killed by guns from Fast and Furious, including police officers. The body count will only increase.
And Attorney General Eric Holder, despite being held in contempt by Congress, still has a job.
We gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Americans died. Where is the outrage?It's not that there is no outrage, but that this is a case of asking the criminals to prosecute themselves--it just isn't going to happen. In a free country, there would be protests, and perhaps a few officials tarred and feathered. But that won't happen here--at least not from the Right. Until senior government officials are put in fear of losing their liberty, livelihood and/or property if they don't investigate and prosecute, there is no incentive for them to do anything.
My suggestion is that the power to appoint a special prosecutor be taken from the President and given to Congress. That is, that Congress have the power to appoint special prosecutors with the authority to investigate and, if necessary, bring and pursue criminal actions against federal officials independent of the Department of Justice or the Attorney General.