Did Justice Department Know About 'Fast and Furious'?
William La Jeunesse reports on gun running scandal in Arizona
- Duration 7:13
- Date Aug 19, 2011
William La Jeunesse reports on gun running scandal in Arizona
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And welcome back to the special edition of Hannity Fox News correspondent William -- -- -- has been closely following the story since it broke.
And He uncovers who knew what when and where these guns and about once they crossed into Mexico.
We weren't given guns to people who were confident there we were giving guns to people who were killing other humans.
That is insane inconceivable.
You would not have -- think that because He does not do if I had known that that was in fact the current.
I would have.
Called ATF headquarters most agents didn't know about testing periods those who did followed orders it was relayed to me that they didn't have to explain anything to me.
I was to do is I was told.
John Johnson blew the whistle after the murder of border agent Brian -- It ended the program but not the carnage in Mexico -- this lawyer the brother of former state attorney general tortured and killed.
21 dead in a shoot out it's an -- Helicopter -- near Mexico City -- crimes committed with guns sent to Mexico with US cover.
-- consent the guns that we saw these individuals buy it would be in turning up the crime scenes in the United States and in Mexico.
And yet we still did not.
Nothing -- nasty periods guns showed up in the hands of the La Familia seen them go up and delta and labor cartels.
What many Mexicans believe that there's this conspiracy.
From the United States to sell guns to Mexico.
Or simply poor judgment -- letting guns walk fast and furious was unique and here's why in the past they suspected straw buyer would be arrested in the parking lot or down the street.
But it fast and furious these stores were recruited.
-- -- yet and the US attorney's office multiple sales were approved.
No rest and virtually no surveillance outside the store that allowed a handful of young thugs known as straw buyers to buy thousands of guns a straw buyers.
Usually kid who's eighteen to.
-- -- 25 maybe up to thirty years old who needs a couple hundred extra bucks and knows somebody that knows somebody that has a way to make a public.
They walk in the -- they fell out of form they buy a couple rifles and walk out and give it to the guys He gives -- a few bucks.
Adrian -- represented spent well -- -- who recruited that doesn't stop buyers out of this body shop in Phoenix.
Including -- -- who bought the guns that later killed Bryan Terry.
Was -- uncle and convicted felons -- chambers and Sean Stewart we'll loans purchased 290.
Out of its funny that here is defend.
Back on the street within hours of their -- -- -- my name's -- -- and -- a correspondent with Fox News is there anything you wanna say to these people who've been harmed by the gums that that you bought.
I mean I can't say anything to is -- -- life.
Together the group bought some 2000 weapons while agents watched cameras installed by the ATF.
Inside gun stores like -- -- Where they ever told sure go ahead with the sale so it's and that's part of the problem.
Is that they were we tape well do you want us to -- silent on this or something here we should be aware of I don't know I don't know continue to sell -- more than one gun store panicked -- boxes of assault.
-- well off their shelves.
And it just pick up trucks bound for Mexico.
-- I wanted to make sure that none of the firearms that were sold per our conversation could or would end up south of the border.
Or in the hands of the bad guys look the Scottsdale gun club.
I'm looking for a bit of reassurance that the guns are not going south or in the wrong hands.
In response the ATF lie ensuring that dealers -- guns would not -- Mexico.
How many hundreds or thousands of weapons that you allowed to be purchased.
Knowing that there are going to -- -- that the purchase was being done by a criminal organization largely Q facilitated it you're allowed it to.
This agent -- -- authorized the operation He believed that sending guns south would expose the gun trafficking network.
From the -- man and money man in Mexico to the smugglers transporters and straw buyers.
They had purchased over a thousand -- as some of the purchases.
We're hearing -- lots of hinted when He at a time.
At the same time a -- 200 firearms -- in this and they get investigation covering the United States some.
I could not believe that someone -- -- -- so callously left firearms wind up in the hands from Mexican police found guns at a hundred.
Wanting to crimes he's in Tijuana to Acapulco.
Deadly shootouts involving the Sinaloa Cartel and their enemies.
-- -- So how many people here in Mexico were killed or injured as a result of fast and furious hundreds officials say but the exact number.
Is not know.
Why because when Mexico attempted to Trace those guns the USA the information did not exist when in fact it did.
Which is why many here who betray.
Single women there when -- oh I artists -- feel violated.
A in my country's sovereignty is violated and senator NAR's heads Mexico's judicial committee.
He and others say the US broke international law.
By knowingly sending guns out.
Let both -- with the program is this program is a great mistake it is conceptions it is just answered -- especially because human lives were put in danger.
How many weapons do we have him.
Nine states one Mexico that are out there that are -- faster appears that we do not know where they are you're live in the ballpark of anywhere from -- 1015118100.
-- with your best guess tomatoes from Mexico and ministry states.
And I'd -- two to one Mexico -- US and Mexico now wants to extradite those responsible for -- the rising fast and furious.
It will be very important that in the United States they are prosecuted or at least.
There is some repercussions.
In terms of not only.
That that those who who were involved but those who allowed this to happen.
When did you first know about the program.
Officially -- called fast and furious.
To the -- your knowledge what date.
I'm not sure the exact statement probably heard about fast and furious for the first time over the last few weeks targets of the congressional investigation include ATF agents hope McAllister.
David -- the George Gillette and build tool US attorney's Dennis Burke pat Cunningham and -- Hurley supervised the operation in Phoenix in Washington.
Acting ATF director Kenneth Nelson and assistant US attorney general Laney brewer are both believed to have approved the program.
While at the top.
Attorney general Eric Holder and President Obama claimed they knew nothing though some investigators.
You can take it to the bank that the United States attorney for -- on obviously was reversed and it and told about it.
But this is decision that's made in Washington and its made at the highest levels of government and.