The controversy over the Justice Department and what it knew about ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious seems to be going on and on and on.
The latest: The Wall Street Journal’s Evan Perez reports that the “Justice Department on Friday formally withdrew a February letter about its tactics in investigating gun trafficking, acknowledging in response to congressional criticism that it contained ‘inaccuracies.’”
At issue was a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Ia.) from the Justice Department which said the Justice Department made “every effort to interdict weapons and prevent their transportation to Mexico,” according to the Journal.
Problem was that really wasn’t true when it came to ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious.
Under the operation, ATF was letting guns walk, so to speak, by encouraging gun dealers in Arizona to sell to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of letting the guns into Mexico so agents could trace them to the drug cartels. In other words, agents were not interdicting the guns as the Justice Department suggested.
In fact, agents lost track of many weapons, some which surfaced at crime scenes on both sides of border. Two of those weapons surfaced at the crime scene where Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed last year.
The Journal reported that the Justice Department blamed lower level employees at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona and at ATF for providing the inaccurate information.