[G]un dealers who cooperated with the ATF report a shift in policy that coincided with Fast and Furious — from stopping sales and questioning customers, to telling store owners to just go ahead and sell the guns. While Fortune reports that the ATF had no chance to interdict the guns that killed Border Patrol agent Brian Terry — the shop that sold the guns informed the ATF that the transaction was suspicious, but it was a holiday weekend and the fax wasn’t seen for days — the gun store’s owner has said he was told in advance to go ahead and sell guns to people he normally wouldn’t. The entire Fortune piece seems to neglect the distinctions between probable cause for an arrest, the act of at least questioning people who are trying to buy guns illegally, and the ATF’s advice to store owners that they refuse to make any sale that they "doubt" is legal.
The latest reporting on the scandal here. Meanwhile, the House is currently convening to vote on whether to hold Holder in contempt over Fast and Furious, which, if successful, would be a first for a US attorney general and a Cabinet member in general. Live-blogging here. Latest update:
And the debate is done. Now there’s a fifteen-minute vote on a motion to refer back to the committee, introduced by Representative John Dingell (D., Mich.), which looks like it’s going nowhere. In other news, the man of the hour is in Disneyworld today.
Update: "And the motion passes, 255-67, with 17 Democrats voting to hold the attorney general in contempt."