Federal prosecutor to take 5th Amendment in Fast and Furious probe - DOJ cracks starting to show

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    Jan 20, 2012 9:51 PM GMT

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    By Josh Gerstein

    A senior federal prosecutor in Arizona intends to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights rather than testify before a House committee next week looking into the Justice Department's handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation, the prosecutor's attorney told Congress in a letter on Thursday.

    On Wednesday, House Government Reform and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued a subpoena to Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the criminal section at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. The deposition subpoena came after a plan to have Cunningham appear for a less formal interview fell apart.

    Sources say Cunningham is concerned that he's caught in a pincer of sorts between senior Justice Department officials in Washington eager to shift blame to lower-ranking staffers and Congressional investigators eager to see heads roll over the investigation, which allegedly allowed more than 1000 weapons to cross the border into Mexico despite suspicions they were destined for drug cartels.

    "Department of Justice officials have reported to the Committee that my client relayed inaccurate information to the Department upon which it relied in preparing its initial response to Congress. If, as you claim, Department officials have blamed my client, they have blamed him unfairly," Cunningham's personal attorney, Tobin Romero of Williams & Connolly, wrote to Issa.
    Issa said Friday that the Fifth Amendment claim signals serious wrongdoing at the Justice Department.

    "The assertion of the fifth amendment by a senior Justice official is a significant indictment of the Department’s integrity in Operation Fast and Furious," Issa said in a statement. ...
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    Jan 20, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    I agree with this.. Kinda like Watergate..or the Bush-Cheney-CIA Scandal!

    I want the truth!