There are new details on the scope of violence surrounding thousands of
weapons federal agents allegedly allowed to fall into the hands of criminals.
The Justice Department reports “Fast and Furious”guns have been recovered at 11
violent crime scenes in the United States. Those crime scenes,in addition to the
murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Dec. 2010,puts the total number of
U.S. crime scenes connected to “Fast and Furious”at 12.
The number is provided
for the first time in a written response to Republicans investigating the
gunwalker scandal. In the case,agents from the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) say
they were ordered to allow thousands of weapons into the hands of suspected gun
traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. In its letter,the Justice Department
indicates it doesn’t have enough information to know how many weapons have been
used in violent
crimes south of the border in Mexico.
Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) are
the Congressional probe. Today,they issued a sharp letter accusing the Department of Justice (DOJ) of playing “word
games,”and reneging on its agreement. The agreement provided that Congress would
allow the nomination of the Justice Department’s choice for Deputy Attorney
General,James Cole,to move forward in June. In return,the Justice Department
would give detailed answers to specific questions about the ATF gunwalker
scandal. The Justice Department did provide some answers but,according to the
Republicans,fell short of providing the full and complete responses promised.
For example,the DOJ allegedly failed to provide all available details of the 11 violent
crimes. The Justice Department says it’s reviewing the letter.
In their letter,Grassley and Issa also say….