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And you can't make this fear that controversial federal program known as operation wide receiver.
Reports that the head of the department of justice's criminal division news that the division of -- -- tobacco and firearms.
Allowed suspects to traffic guns across the border.
Wide receiver is similar to -- fast and furious football program -- the -- deliberately fumbled guns to Mexican drug cartels.
But this department heads says he regrets now that he never informed his boss attorney general Eric Holder.
Republican senator Chuck Grassley is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He's been investigating this scandal and joins us now.
So there was an operation before fast and furious that in many respects was very similar and should have been a heads up as I understand it.
The folks at the Department of Justice.
Now wide receiver was very -- -- very smaller program.
And -- tended to be a more tracking of the weapons high -- coordination with people across the border Mexico.
Maybe 300 weapons as an example.
But again -- fast and furious there's about 2000 weapons and there wasn't any effort to attract them across.
The border -- the question that comes up today from Lanny brewer.
Appearing before our committee and then you know yesterday gave some interviews on it.
And you characterize those -- his statements very accurately.
He he was asking questions about wide receiver.
At the very same time fast and furious.
What's going on and it was going on in the same.
So why wouldn't they be asking questions about fast and furious the same way as they were -- wide receiver.
In other words -- a left hand know what the right hand doing the other one was maybe there -- some reason I ask questions mile wide receiver but they didn't.
Wanna follow up on fast and furious so all of this is something you know where this information -- 650 pages of documents we got yesterday.
It's going to open up a whole new.
-- for and path for us to follow.
To get more answers to these questions.
Eric Holder is the man obviously chosen by President Obama to run the Department of Justice can he point to operation wide receiver which.
Apparently began under the bush administration and say look.
It is -- just does this has been going on for a long time.
Well for the first of all in the case a wide receiver.
As I indicated you there seem to be more close cooperation with people across the border.
That wasn't the case in fast and furious the other one is remember in fast and furious they had ample information.
Coming from the grassroots of Arizona -- within the Justice Department and also from licensed gun dealers.
That said that this just isn't going to work.
You know on that prophecy turned out to be very accurate.
Because people in main justice -- -- -- -- dorm and then.
Border Patrol agent Kerry was murdered.
-- there and with the guns.
From passengers at the scene of the crime.
It's my understanding the attorney general has agreed to appear in front of your committee next week.
He's going to appear but not for this reason.
Twice a year the attorney general comes up for what we call general oversight hearing.
And I'm going to of course it would take advantage of that of that voluntary appearance for him to follow up on all this fast and -- stop.
On December the -- he's been subpoenaed.
And then I think ended up voluntarily.
Willing to -- before the house committee.
I see well -- it's -- -- clearly an up and now we'll look forward to hearing what he is a testimony is in that case senator Charles Grassley Republican Viles thank you.
Thank you from DC --
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