The investigation into Fast and Furious, the federal operation where guns were allegedly sent over the Mexican border by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, had a big turn this week. The House Oversight Committee on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding he turn over documents related to the failed operation. So what's next for Fast and Furious? Fronteras: Changing America Desk reporter, Michel Marizco has followed the story and he joins us to talk about the latest.
Fast and Furious was a 15-month ATF program with the intent of catching bigger fish within the Mexican cartels. More than two thousand guns were allowed across the border in order to track them. The plan failed. And now U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder could be held in contempt by a U.S. House Oversight Committee for not making relevent documents available. Who is to blame? Why would a government agency allow weapons to go freely across the border like that?
According to newly released federal documents, before the controversy over a gun running program dubbed "Fast and Furious" broke out, another operation called "Wide Receiver" was in effect which allowed gun traffickers to buy weapons in the U.S. and walk them over the border. Federal agents permitted traffickers to bring weapons into Mexico as part of an investigative strategy. Top officials in the justice department say they didn't know about the program and are now under harsh scrutiny from some members of Congress. Fronteras reporter, Michel Marizco has been covering the story and he joins us.