October 18, 2011
The Justice Department is accusing the Republican congressman who is leading an investigation into “Operation Fast and Furious” of “mischaracterizing evidence” and “maligning” federal law enforcement officials by questioning Sunday whether the FBI was trying to cover up the existence of a third gun at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder last year.
“The FBI has made clear that reports of a third gun recovered from the perpetrators at the scene of Agent Terry’s murder are false,” the department said in a statement Monday.
This comes one day after Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, appeared on a Sunday morning news show and noted that a now-public FBI ballistics report labeled two guns tied to “Fast and Furious” as “K2″ and “K3,” but “there’s no ‘Ticket 1.’”
“One weapon has a ’2,’ one has a ’3,’ on it. There’s no ’1,’” Issa said on CBS. “When agents who were at Brian Terry’s funeral made statements to his mother indicating that there were three weapons, when the two weapons that they have tested don’t conclusively match up [to the bullet that killed Terry], then you look and say, ‘Well, was there a third weapon at the scene?’”
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