Issa levels ‘cover-up’ accusation, threatens Holder with contempt charge

February 1, 2012 08:37

Issa wrote that Holder and the DOJ are “actively engaged in a cover-up” of activities related to Operation Fast and Furious, a scandal-plagued and ill-fated “gunwalking” program designed to track firearms from U.S. gun shops to drug cartels in Mexico. The operation used “straw purchasers” who purposely — and with government permission — bought guns with the unlawful intention of moving them across the border. – The Daily Caller


By Adam Jablonowski – The Daily Caller


Fast and Furious left more than 2,000 weapons in the hands of Mexican drug gangs, and resulted in the death of 300 Mexican nationals — and one U.S. Border Patrol agent.


“[T]he Department [of Justice] has been irresponsible in failing to take congressional oversight of Fast and Furious seriously,” Issa wrote.


The DOJ released a handful of documents to Issa’s committee on Friday, including an email that Issa believes should have been provided months ago. In it, Anthony P. Garcia, the DOJ Criminal Division’s attaché in Mexico, wrotes that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer “suggested allowed straw purchasers [of weapons] to cross into Mexico so SSP [Mexico’s Secretariat of Public Security] can arrest and PGR [Mexicos Office of the General Prosecutor] can prosecute and convict.”


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