Here’s a round-up of this weekend’s “Gunwalker” stories…
Tim Gaynor at Reuters reports on the latest letter from Sen. Grassley to the Administration detailing emails the Senator’s office has obtained…
U.S. federal agents encouraged an Arizona gun dealer to sell weapons to suspected traffickers for the Mexican drug cartels, even after the dealer warned they would end up in the hands of “bad guys,” according to correspondence released by a U.S. senator.
Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, released excerpts from an e-mail from an unidentified Arizona gun dealer to a supervisory agent of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation targeting gun traffickers that is now subject to a federal investigation.
(A note to Mr. Gaynor: If the ATF lied about the entire operation to Sen. Grassley, why did you assume that they were telling the truth when they repeated their “90% of all guns…” claims to you? You may want to look into that!)
In the letter to Holder, Grassley said the Justice Department’s depiction of Operation Fast and Furious “is simply not credible.”
He also rebuked the Justice Department for failing to provide records that he began seeking in February.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix on Thursday issued a statement that did not address Grassley’s criticisms or the e-mails. It said federal prosecutors are restricted from commenting about ongoing cases. It also said the Justice Department “will respond to Senator Grassley’s letter as appropriate, and this office will continue to enforce the federal firearms laws vigorously.”
(I don’t want to look like I’m picking on Mr. Gaynor, but he should go check out Mr. Wagner’s story. Wagner mentions the claims US and Mexican authorities make about guns “flowing” into Mexico from American gun dealers; however, he doesn’t blindly accept their “90%” myth.)
Kim Murphy at the LA Times writes about dealer concerns over the thought of “Fast and Furious” guns getting into Mexico…
The investigation into a federal operation that allowed Mexican drug cartels to acquire U.S. weapons escalated Thursday with new revelations that an Arizona gun dealer repeatedly expressed fears that his guns were falling into the “hands of the bad guys” but was encouraged by federal agents to continue the sales.
A series of emails released by congressional investigators showed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives encouraged the gun dealer against his better judgment to sell high-powered weapons to buyers he believed were agents for the drug cartels.
Employees of the dealer videotaped gun buyers — suspected “straw purchasers” who could legally buy the guns, though cartel members could not — exchanging money with other individuals on the dealer’s premises.
Ms. Murphy also writes about how Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Gillett, Jr., of the ATF’s Phoenix office is now cooperating with Sen. Grassley’s office…
A key leader in the federal law enforcement operation suspected of allowing high-powered assault weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels is now cooperating with congressional investigators, providing a crucial new window into the controversial operation known as Project Gunrunner.
George Gillett Jr., assistant special agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ field office in Phoenix, has met with congressional investigators and is expected to provide crucial information about how dozens of U.S. guns may have been transported with the ATF’s knowledge into Mexico. Agents say Gillett provided much of the day-to-day oversight of the Gunrunner operation.
Finally, I’m posting this link to an older story by CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson. In this story, she interviews the former ATF Attaché in Mexico, Darren Gil…
This story is finally growing some legs. the MSM ignored it for weeks; and many still are. But if you Google “ATF” at Google News, you will see that there are hundreds of recent stories covering the “Gunwalker” scandal.