Skip to comments.Grassley: Justice Dept. balking at making witnesses available [Fast & Furious]
Posted on 11/10/2011 1:42:46 PM PST by Hunton Peck
The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee says the Justice Department has refused to make available 11 of 12 department witnesses called by the panel for transcribed interviews in the ongoing investigation of the botched Fast and Furious weapons operation.
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said that despite the departments promises of good-faith cooperation in the probe, only one witness has been provided so far former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Arizona, who resigned in August two weeks after he ended his testimony about Fast and Furious before a House committee, during which he took responsibility for mistakes.
The department has refused to schedule interviews with any of the other 11 witnesses. Thats not the good-faith cooperation I was promised, and it is unacceptable, Mr. Grassley said. If this controversy has taught us anything, it is that you have to talk directly to the people who know the facts.
If Congress had relied on the departments official talking points, we still wouldnt know the truth today, he said Thursday during the committees executive business meeting.
Mr. Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, have been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Fast and Furious operation for several months.
They discovered that more than 2,000 weapons illegally purchased by straw buyers at gun shops in Phoenix, including hundreds of AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles, were allowed to be walked to drug smugglers in Mexico.
More than 1,400 of the weapons are believed still to be unaccounted for. Two AK-47s purchased at a gun shop in Glendale, Ariz., also were discovered at the site of the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, killed during a gunfight with Mexican bandits just north of the...
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I believe the quickest to this mess....is to let the Mexican government file charges on a dozen folks involved. They should demand them to be extradited to Mexico. They might not be able to prove anything with Holder, but I suspect that as a couple of guys arrive in Mexico and get introduced to their version of justice....they will tell the entire story.
I seriously doubt that the President will want to invoke any Presidential power....mostly because he can’t prevent charges from another country coming into effect.
I thought there was a Subpoena, and they ignored it? Seems to me that the Department is in Contempt of Congress, I would think?
Has anyone heard from Kevin O’Relly lately?
The Obabma admin is laughing at these weak knee wimps.
Thanks Hunton Peck.
Mmmm, the things the mob can do to stop anyone from going against their wishes are to say the least, frightening. Take for instance, when then AG Bobby Kennedy was fighting organized crime had Carlos Marcello taken in to custody by the FBI and transported to a country in S. America where Carlos had once claimed he was a citizen. Carlos was dropped in the middle of the jungle and left to survive on his own. Long story short, Carlos survived, the Kennedy brothers, John and Robert did not.