Justice Department reveals false statements over flawed Operation Fast And FuriousBy Associated Press
Last updated at 4:09 AM on 3rd December 2011
The Justice Department on Friday provided Congress with documents detailing how it gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the South west border.
In a letter last February to Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had not sanctioned the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser and that the agency makes every effort to intercept weapons that have been purchased illegally.
In connection with Operation Fast and Furious, both statements have turned out to be incorrect.
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Grassley also wrote that two of the guns had been used in a shootout that killed customs agent Brian Terry.
In a subsequent email to Justice Department colleagues, then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Phoenix said that 'Grassley's assertions regarding the Arizona investigation and the weapons recovered' at the 'murder scene are based on categorical falsehoods.
'I worry that ATF will take eight months to answer this when they should be refuting its underlying accusations right now.'
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