The U.S. Department of Justice under President Donald Trump has agreed to provide congressional investigators confidential records on the failed “Fast and Furious” operation.
It has been criticized by Republican lawmakers for a long time.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that the Justice Department would turn over documents to the Republican-led Congress Committee of Oversight and Government reform which were withheld by the Obama Administration.
Barack Obama’s Fast and Furious Operation was created to help the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to dismantle drug cartels operating inside the United States and disrupt drug-trafficking routes. Instead of that, this operation gave nearly 2.000 firearms to Mexican drug cartel members.
According to our source, Daily Vine, this operation hit the news again when Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman recovered a massive .50-caliber rifle, which is capable of stopping a car or shooting down a helicopter, that originated with the ATF program. The news came a few days after a federal judge denied Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to Fast and Furious documents.
In November 2009, the ATF’s Phoenix field office launched an operation in which guns bought by drug cartel purchasers in the Unites States, were allowed to walk across the border into Mexico.
In March 2010, a few ATF agents voiced an obvious concern: Couldn’t the guns end up being used in crimes? And that’s what happened. The brother of the former Attorney General of the state of Chihuahua was murdered, and weapons associated with the Fast and Furious Operation were found at the crime scene.
In December, four Border Patrol agents were staked out near Rio Rico, Arizona, which is eleven miles from the Mexican border. A group of five men known as “rip crew,” opened a fire when the agents tried to stop them from crossing the border. Agents Terry was shot and bled to death.
The operation was shut down with the held of Senator Chuck Grassley, who was a ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, who opened an investigation.
Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich submitted a letter declaring that any claim “that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them to Mexico, is false. ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.”
In summer, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder and the House Oversight Committee were at a standoff, with the Attorney General claiming he had been fully responsive to the committee’s request for the documents, claiming that the Department of Justice had 1.300 key pages.
In September, the administration declared victory, when the Department of Justice’s Inspector General released a report recommending disciplinary action against 14 federal officials and absolving Holder.
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