Thursday, April 14, 2011

Grassley still pursues ATF answers

The fiasco that was called Project Gunrunner (aka Operation Fast and Furious) won't go away - despite apparent stonewalling by ATF and the US Department of Justice.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) again today called the DOJ for disclosure in the matter:

“The Justice Department’s unwillingness to be forthcoming is troubling, and the more we learn from whistleblowers, the more it looks like the department will end up with egg on its face,” Grassley said.  “Whistleblowers are still coming forward with more information disproving the department’s only response to my inquiries.”

Grassley's full news release, along with his latest letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, is available here.

Video of Grassley addressing the on the Senate floor is available here from CBS News.

Emails obtained by Grassley show firearms dealers repeatedly questioned whether they should be allowing suspect sales to go forward. Federal officials encouraged them to proceed. Many of these guns ended up in the hands of cartels in Mexico. One was found at the scene where a U.S. Border Patrol officer was murdered.

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) also recently issued subpoenas to the ATF seeking further disclosure on Project Gunrunner.

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