DOJ withholding Fast and Furious information?
Congressional investigation of guns op continues
- Duration 6:13
- Date Feb 4, 2012
Congressional investigation of guns op continues
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Could Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's death have been avoided and did the Department of Justice did the murder weapons to the killers.
Did you this -- -- Ever optimize the good walk.
I did not.
Thursday attorney general Eric Holder -- on Capitol Hill White House oversight and Government Reform Committee.
And chairman Gerald lies about what can you do to bring this to a close.
I was in the room has once again holder faced tough questions about the GOJ's.
Failed fast and furious for.
-- and we find out you're not fired a single individual.
We find out.
You -- that rebuked.
Any staff members I've made personnel changes with regard to leadership positions we've moved people around -- I agent was murder and you're.
Action is to move people around.
Operation fast and furious first came to light because of an incident in the Arizona desert on December 14 201040.
Year old Border Patrol agent Brian -- Just working along the Mexican border when he and his fellow agents -- a group of illegal immigrants.
Carrying AK 47.
A gun fight in -- And agents carrying his -- this subsequent investigation reveals two of the Houston agent Terry's murder.
Are actually from the United States.
Part of this government sting operation -- And furious approved by the Department of Justice fast and furious alleged gun dealers to purchase and smuggle illegal weapons into Mexico.
The guns were supposed to be tracked -- -- big fish in Mexican crime organizations but the guns were never.
And no way to recover the -- except that scene of crime or through an accident some -- As a result it wasn't just fatally -- flawed it was fatal -- hundreds of people on both sides of the border.
After Thursday's hearing.
I sit down with -- represented as I sent you so you've got 8% of the documents requested.
Two thirds of the subpoenas have gone on -- found in and you made it clear at the beginning of the hearing that you would take whatever legal actions were necessary.
To get the information you need it.
What legal action are you contemplate.
What we have a series of actions are last tool is in fact to hold.
And is an attorney you know this very well.
-- an attorney or number of attorneys in contempt for not delivering information required and lawfully ordered by congress now.
Virtually no one has been fired this week it became evident that fast and furious used wiretaps.
Which would have had to have been signed off on by the higher ups in the Department of Justice.
The truth may be that the attorney general and key lieutenants charged with knowing what's in those affidavits.
Knowing the wiretaps may have been derelict in their duty in that.
They signed them.
They were responsible for them and they're going to tell us they didn't really know what was in them.
Agent Terry was killed over a year ago how Long Will it take to get to the end of this investigation.
Well the attorney general today alluded to the idea that he would actually bring charges.
In this quarter perhaps by march.
Congressman -- dowdy is on the house committee on government oversight and reform.
Welcome congressman good to see this evening.
Good evening your -- -- you if I am very well thank you -- attorney general holder said that he would probably bring charges by march.
Arm against whom and what charges.
Well I assume he's talking about murder charges related to the death of Brian Terry -- and still people longer than that.
Well I is there may be others she's certainly not talking about charges within the Department of Justice sent he's not talking -- the straw purchasers they were indicted several months ago so.
But the only thing I can think of -- who would be others that may have aided and abetted -- big complicit in the murder Bryant here.
And you know congressman it's -- because it has spent fourteen months since Brian Terry stepped.
There was a federal indictments.
For murder and the case still hasn't come to trial congressman you were sitting GA as was -- You're United States attorney.
Number one -- you ever heard of a whole file being sealed and number 214.
Months to take a regular murder trial.
Our case to trial.
I know and -- would be the answers to those two questions you know there's a speedy trial clock in federal court you have to.
Try to within seventy days or give permission from the court two -- otherwise.
I got a warning to do a phenomenal job with with whoever murdered.
Brian -- I also think it's important for Helm to not used that prosecution which we all support.
As some time to kind of subterfuge for not.
Entering our questions what -- come such -- fast and furious.
All right now what came out this week congressman was that.
There were wiretaps apparently -- march 15 federal prosecutors assigned in Washington.
Did what does this tell you what I mean it does it tell you that justice and -- -- new.
Well it is the single best piece of evidence judge the we have that they -- because as you know with wiretap applications.
They are -- wordy they are -- they are.
And it may justice and Washington -- will prove these errors on wiretap applications.
What the attorney general also knows is that your Tyson myself and know what else on the oversight committee can have access to those wiretap applications -- under -- I would be willing to bet you what ever you want to bet.
That it if you and I -- get our hands almost wiretap applications it would be crystal clear I'll tell the reader.
-- -- walking was the tactic which is one reason that I never turn it over to -- -- -- doubt congressman I am totally with you congressman -- thanks so much for being with us this evening.