New GOP Fast and Furious report singles out 5 ATF officials
Sen. Charles Grassley sounds off
- Duration 3:52
- Date Aug 1, 2012
Sen. Charles Grassley sounds off
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-- a new reaction to the latest report and fast and furious and weapons from the botched gun tracking operation ended up -- hands of drug cartels.
-- -- using deadly crimes including the murder of one of our border agents Republican lawmakers in the first of three reports blaming operation on five members.
-- the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms or ATF has been referring that.
I now is we're waiting for the final reports and an additional two.
The Justice Department is responding to the first what and that's why we have today with this Republican senator Charles Grassley of Iowa.
Ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and one of the report's authors -- senator nice to have you with us today.
Thank you very much doubt that Justice Department has -- to say about your report they say it reiterates many of the distortions.
What's your reaction -- Well my reaction is that when they were asked about why we're we're doing this investigation and they didn't give us a creditor.
Do we are constitutional job -- that the laws are faithfully executed and we raised questions about.
When our guns our -- only illegally in the Justice Department said that they ought to be sold illegally all their response to us.
We got in one report here holding people responsible.
Where previously they always accused us of doing it.
For political reasons to make the White House look bad.
Or the Justice Department look bad they even accuses her of doing it being.
A racial indications about it.
But here's where we are we laid out in one document.
All the facts.
Where -- people can hide.
Holding the agencies responsible and it shows that the FBI was not talking to the ATF from -- all -- the Justice Department.
They did Drug Enforcement Administration in the Justice Department.
Was given the ATA.
The ATF all the facts that they needed and all the information.
And ATF wasn't paying any attention to what so ATF was kinda acting like the firemen.
When they had this -- running a fireman that would start a fire because -- -- -- -- -- out and the fire got away from Los and that's why we had these murders.
-- the Justice Department says that in your report reiterates what they've been saying that the origins of this hearing ATF there in Arizona and these five individuals have been dealt with because they've been reassigned.
Is that enough would you but what would you like to see come.
Well you know you know there's people higher than these people that are involved -- -- it's pretty hard for us there.
Guarantee that statement.
But here so what they reassign people so they don't have to talk to those of missing congressman respond to our subpoenas and all that sort of stuff.
But -- here's a fact.
What I want to see if your question.
I wanna see the people that were responsible over this.
To have to be fired because of heads don't roll -- and nothing changes.
So let's go to that a little bit about how he defines success in this investigation and how you know when you're done with -- that you've included.
All the things that need to be explored.
Is it simply and I mean simply but is -- the resignation of these five ATF officials with -- -- it is it a resignation of Eric Holder.
What exactly define success for you when you are going through this investigation expand our ready over a year and a half.
Three things one -- is what the highest level of the Justice Department approve this because you.
There are these these people -- -- -- owner are somewhat scapegoats.
We we gotta get all the information -- the Brian Carey family about his murder and they don't have any information at.
And three we got to make sure stupid program like this never happens in the future.
Senator Grassley we look for to have me back when we get those other two reports we expect in the next several weeks.
Thank you for the time again today sir.