Sunday, October 9, 2011

Subpoenas to come fast and furious for AG and others

House oversight chair to summon honchos

Washington – House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Ca., will subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials as soon as this coming week.

He suggested on Fox News Sunday that the attorney general knew much more about Operation Fast and Furious much earlier than he has testified.

"Why are they denying knowing about something that they were briefed on?" Issa said. "Exactly when, the American people want to know, how did it happen?"

In the 2009 operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed intermediaries for drug cartels to buy thousands of weapons from Arizona gun shops and lost track of about 1,400 of the 2,000 of those guns.

Some of the weapons obtained in Operation Fast and Furious have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico.

Operation Fast and Furious came to light after two assault rifles purchased by a now-indicted small-time buyer under scrutiny in the operation turned up at a shootout in Arizona where Customs and Border Protection agent Brian Terry was killed.

Earlier this year, Holder testified to Congress that he hadn't heard about the operation until early 2011. On Sunday, Mr. Issa said, "That's just disingenuous on its face."

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