April 25, 2011
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA.) sent a letter to the ATF in which he threatened the federal agency with contempt proceedings if it did not produce documents pertaining to “Operation Gunrunner.”
Earlier this month, documents revealed by Congressional investigators showed that under the Gunrunner operation the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives let high-powered weapons cross the U.S./Mexico border. The sting was supposed to trace weapons and lead to the prosecution of illegal drug sellers, but, as The Los Angeles Times reported, “three guns sold to suspects who were part of Project Gunrunner have since turned up at the scenes of the deaths of two U.S. agents — in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi and near the Mexican border in Arizona.
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