An assault rifle connected to Operation Fast & Furious turned up at a crime scene in Arizona. The Phoenix police department connected an assault weapon found in a vehicle used by suspects that were alleged to have taken part in a drug related shooting at a Phoenix apartment in July 2013 where two people were wounded. Phoenix police officers investigating the crime traced the assault weapon’s serial numbers to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-walking program.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to the US DOJ demanding the Justice Department “be forthcoming” about the 2013 Phoenix incident.
US Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent surprise resignation announcement came shortly after a federal court ordered the US Justice Department to turn over records related to Operation Fast & Furious. It appears that Deputy Attorney General James Cole will follow Holder out the door as he announced that he would be resigning on Thursday.
The president of Judicial Watch Tom Fitton on Thursday issued a statement that the new information his group has been able to obtain through the courts shows the “Obama cover-up of Fast and Furious is ongoing and Eric Holder’s Department of Justice is a mess,”
Tom Fitton also said, “It has endangered the public and is engaged in an ongoing cover-up of its insanely reckless Fast and Furious gun-running operation.”
Under the ATF, Operation Fast and Furious directed federal agents to permit illegally purchased weapons to be transported across the border in theory to track them to high-level arms and drug traffickers in Mexico. Tens of thousands of Mexicans have been killed in drug war violence over the past several years. It is not publically known how many people have been killed with the weapons the ATF allowed to be illegally trafficked.