Like a gift that keeps on giving, Operation Fast and Furious continues to rear its ugly head. A congressional report to be released today reveals that at least 122 firearms from the botched undercover operation have now turned up at crime scenes in Mexico. The report also states that less than half of the 2,000 weapons sold to the suspected gun traffickers have been accounted for so far.
“Given the vast amount of ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ weapons possibly still in the hands of cartel members, law enforcement officials should expect more seizures and recoveries at crime scenes,” reads the report.
Reuters reports having been told by Sen. Charles Grassley, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that an additional dozen weapons were unearthed at crimes scenes in the U.S.
The sting operation, which was intended to staunch the illegal flow of drugs and weapons across the border, has become an albatross around the neck of the Obama administration and its Justice Department.
An investigation into what went wrong by Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) threatens to damage the president’s reelection chances. This might explain a report in The Washington Times alleging that the administration is intimidating witnesses in the probe. The article quotes Rep. Issa as saying that at least two scheduled witnesses received letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives warning them to limit their testimony.
The committee will also be investigating Attorney General Eric Holder’s involvement in the failed operation, as well as allegations that he has since attempted to cover up his involvement. As Issa has stated:
How is it that the No. 2, 3, 4 at Justice all knew about this program, but the No. 1 didn’t? Is it because he said ‘don’t tell me’? Is it because they knew what they were doing is wrong, and they were protecting their boss? Or is it that Eric Holder is just so disconnected…?
Whichever it is—he knew and he’s lied to Congress, or he didn’t know, and he’s so detached that he wasn’t doing his job—that really probably is for the administration to make a decision on, sooner not later.
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