Recordings released via CBS reporter Sharyl Atkisson offer many disturbing comments regarding the Gunwalker scandal. Weapons dealer Andre Howard is speaking with ATF agent Hope McAlister.
On one of the recordings it is suggested that putting a private investigator on Senator Chuck Grassley could help diminish Grassley’s enthusiasm for the Gunwalker investigation:
Dealer: Until something else happens they’re not stupid, Hope, they connect the dots.
Agent: No and you know and all that’s fine if Senator Grassley wants to come in and tell us show us how to work these cases more efficiently more effectively by all means.
Dealer: Don’t think Grassley, think Leahy.
Agent: Well, him too. I… I welcome him to come down and work…
Dealer: He’s an arrogant b—–d
Agent: So is Grassley though
Dealer: Chuck probably and I don’t know a thing about him other than from somebody else I’ve heard seems to be just somebody who’s hitching his wagon to any star to.. for his own aggrandizement.
Dealer: You know that. He’s an arrogant
Dealer: individual. Look he’s a United States senator there it is right there.
Agent: That’s kind of what my suggestion but nobody thought that was funny like if I were a P.I. I’d put him on Grassley, I’m sure there’s a lot would go away. Actually my one suggestion was just tell him in a registered Republican. I’m sure if he knew that everything would be fine, they didn’t like that either.
On the second, and IMO, more damning recording, it is suggested that Senator Patrick Leahy put and end to the inquiry:
Dealer: He’s (Dodson) more toxic than you realize. I can tell you casue I asked him. How much of this f—–g file did you release?
Dealer: He said basically the underlying case file. I said okay, who’d you release it to? F—–g Patrick Leahy! Ok? Wasn’t just Grassley it was Leahy alright? Leahy as we both know has adjourned this inquiry right now okay with no plans to reconvene it. So your people were successful on that end.
This clearly suggests that someone let Leahy know that an end to his inquiry was desirable and that he complied with that request. Leahy already has a of history of leaking classified intelligence and of blocking investigations. This just keeps getting worse by the day.