Former White House National Security Adviser Kevin O’Reilly is back in the United States after spending a year in Iraq filling a position with the State Department. As a refresher, O’Reilly is the White House official who was receiving information about Operation Fast and Furious from former Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell. O’Reilly forwarded that information to other members of the White House National Security team, including President Obama’s Senior Adviser to Latin America Dan Restrepo. In August, Restrepo left the White House for the private sector.
We first learned about the direct White House connection to Operation Fast and Furious during a Congressional hearing on July 26, 2011 when Newell admitted being in contact with O’Reilly about the program. As soon as this revelation occurred, O’Reilly was shipped off to Iraq and made unavailable for comment to the press and unavailable to answer questions from Congressional investigators about Operation Fast and Furious.
O’Reilly recently returned to Washington, D.C., to work in the State Department’s Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, a State Department official confirmed to CNSNews.com.