Congressman Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) subpoena of the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) documents relating to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious have gone unanswered. Issa is threatening a “contempt” complaint and says Issa says his investigation is about the DOJ, and not specifically the two programs.
Gunrunner and Fast and Furious were programs allowing the U.S. to send weapons into Mexico, reportedly to try to track those weapons through their serial numbers, back to drug cartels, after crimes were committed. An American border patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed with one of the weapons we supplied to the cartels.
A spokesman for ATF declined to comment about the matter saying, “we can’t respond to the media or anyone else until we respond to the chairman himself.”
But in an April 13 letter to Issa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch cited the Justice Department’s policy not to disclose details about “ongoing criminal investigations” as a reason not to comply with the document demand.
Issa says the objection is spurious.
“We are not conducting a concurrent investigation with the Department of Justice, but rather an independent investigation of the Department of Justice,” Issa says in his April 20 letter, citing three historical examples of congressional oversight of Justice Department investigations, including during the Teapot Dome scandal in 1922.
Border Agent John Dodson blew the whistle on the government program of “gun walking” saying it was ordered directly from the Department of Justice. Well, good luck to Issa and the America people. This administration routinely ignores subpoenas, and this lawless DOJ couldn’t give a fig about complying.