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Rep. Issa Subpoenas Az Prosecutor in Fast and Furious Probe

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By Allan Lengel

It may be a new year, but the controversy surrounding ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious isn’t going away any time soon.

The latest: Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), head of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, announced Thursday that a subpoena has been issued for Patrick J. Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in Phoenix.

A press release said that “Mr. Cunningham’s repeated refusals to testify voluntarily have forced the Committee to use compulsory process.”

“During the course of our investigation, the Committee has learned of the outsized role played by the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office – and you specifically – in approving the unacceptable tactics used in Fast and Furious,” Chairman Issa wrote to Cunningham in a letter informing him of the subpoena.

“Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the Committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the Department in preparation for its initial response to Congress, ” the letter said.

“These officials told us that even after Congress began investigating Fast and Furious, you continued to insist that no unacceptable tactics were used. In fact, documents obtained confidentially just last week appear to confirm that you remained steadfast in your belief that no unacceptable tactics were used, even after the Department’s initial response to the congressional inquiry. Given that the Attorney General has labeled these tactics as unacceptable and Fast and Furious as ‘fundamentally flawed,’ this position is startling.”

In the letter dated Jan. 18, Issa wrote that Cunningham had cancelled his voluntary interview with the committee that was set for Jan. 19.

The subpoena requires Cunningham to appear on Tuesday, January 24 for a deposition.



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Time January 19, 2012 at 5:35 pm

The record clearly indicates that the USDOJ and Attorney General Eric Holder is attempting to blame others for an investigation his justice department began, was aware of and is no disavowing. This is typical Obama Administration blame dodging.
Republican’s in the house should see this for what it is a massive DOJ coverup.

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Time January 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm

The Fast and Furious investigation began in 2009, months before Cunningham even started at the US Attorney’s office in 2010. Cunningham is a 32 year public servant, including a JAG officer in ht US Army, a state prosecutor and a federal prosecutor. He has never been anything but a public servant.

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