House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wants to know who knew what, when about the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun sting. Issa sent a subpoena to Attorney General Eric Holder asking for Justice Department documents relating to the operation, which involved ATF agents allowing illegal weapons to flow South of the border.
“Fast and Furious, which took place between 2009 and 2010, involved undercover ATF investigators purchasing guns for Mexican criminals in order to build larger cases against the drug cartels. Weapons purchased as part of “Fast and Furious” have been found at multiple cartel crime scenes including the murders of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and a U.S. immigration agent.
In a statement about the subpoena, Chairman Issa said he suspects Attorney General Holder and other DOJ officials knew more about the “Fast and Furious” sting than they let on.
“Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged. … The documents this subpoena demands will provide answers to questions that Justice officials have tried to avoid since this investigation began eight months ago. It’s time we know the whole truth,” Chairman Issa said.
Chairman Issa is an outspoken Republican critic of the Obama administration. Last week, President Obama came out in support of the Attorney General.
“I have complete confidence in Attorney General Holder … He has been very aggressive in going after gun running and cash transactions that are going to these transnational drug cartels in Mexico,” President Obama said.
The President also said Holder “indicated that he was not aware of what was happening in Fast and Furious” and added that he “certainly” was unaware of the operation.
“And I think both he and I would have been very unhappy if somebody had suggested that guns were allowed to pass through that could have been prevented by the United States of America,” President Obama said.