2. Fast and Furious
Tipped off by a gun-shop owner about suspicious gun purchases, the ATF began the gun-walking operation “Fast and Furious.”
The plan was to allow guns to be illegally purchased by cartel lackeys and cross the Mexican border. Once in Mexico, the ATF planned to track the weapons as they flowed through the cartels, eventually reaching cartel leadership.
Yeah, that didn’t happen.
Instead, once the weapons crossed the Amerian-Mexican border, they were gone.
The controversy began when the illegally purchased weapons were found to be used in various crimes, most notably in the death of American Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.
With that, heads were on the chopping block, resignations were common, and Congress began questioning then Attorney General Eric Holder’s role in the operation, with Holder saying that he had only heard about the op three weeks before the hearing.
This was later contested after memos dating back 10 months and addressed to Holder were discovered. The AG’s excuse was that he simply didn’t read the memos.
The scandal is the Obama administration’s first, and marks the only time the president attempted to invoke executive privilege in his tenure to attempt to conceal information on the op.
Oh, and as a bonus to this whole mess -- because every scandal needs a lie or two -- the former president attempted to play Fast and Furious off on Bush, claiming: "I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration.”
Politifact rated that claim blatantly false, with the operation dating its inception to 2009.