Legislators Ask… Why is DOJ Hiding New Fast & Furious Murders?In the wake of the revelation that a Mexican police chief was found murdered with one of the weapons from the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious Operation, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) sent a letter to Attorney General reminding him that he has an obligation to inform Congress when weapons from his Fast and Furious operation are found at crime scenes.
In the July 12, 2013 letter to Holder, Grassley pointed to the LA Times article that reported the death of the Mexican Police Chief back on January 29, 2013. “According to the Times article, “internal Department of Justice record,” including a trace record, show that in February 2010, convicted Operation Fast and Furious target Jacob Montelongo purchased the weapon recovered from the suspects following the killing of the local Mexican police chief,” wrote Grassley and Issa.
They then added, “Records we obtained during our investigation of Operation Fast and Furious indicate that the weapon was entered into ATF’s “suspect gun database” after its purchase. Montelongo purchased at least 1009 weapons in Arizona during Fast and Furious, which were contemporaneously tracked in ATF’s database.”