“Republican Rep. Darrell Issa fired off a subpoena Friday to the Justice Department agency in the middle of a cross-border gun sales operation that has been blamed for a massive flow of arms to Mexican drug cartels and possibly the death of a U.S. border agent.
Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, demanded the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives provide him documents related to “Project Gunrunner” after the agency failed to respond to questions by a Wednesday deadline.
“The unwillingness of this administration — most specifically the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms — to answer questions about this deadly serious matter is deeply troubling,” Issa said in a written statement…Allegations surrounding this program are serious and the ability of the Justice Department to conduct an impartial investigation is in question. Congressional oversight is necessary to get the truth about what is really happening.”
“Project Gunrunner, which got under way in late 2009, allowed straw buyers to illegally buy and export guns to Mexico. The stated goal, according to ATF, was to track the flow of guns in order to bring down the entire trafficking organization. Instead, records show it allowed more than 1,700 guns, including hundreds of AK-47s and high-powered, armor-piercing .50-caliber rifles to be trafficked to Mexico.
U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry was fatally shot Dec. 15 north of the Arizona-Mexico border while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants, the leader of a union representing agents said.
Whistleblowers say the guns were allowed “to walk,” and ATF agents insisted federal firearms licensees participate even after they expressed grave objections to the plan.
Last week, President Obama conceded that Fast and Furious may have been “a serious mistake,” but he claimed, “I did not authorize it; Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it. He’s been very clear that our policy is to catch gunrunners and put them into jail.”
In his statement Friday, Issa said the president did not specify whether Holder was aware of the policy or who did authorize it…” Read more here: Project Gunrunner under investigation