Fast & Furious: the fingerpointing begins
Story here. Part of the upcoming IG report leaks, and it blames the local US Attorney and ATF office. They, in turn, point the finger at Washington:
"Both men recall a detailed briefing Voth delivered to senior ATF and DOJ staff in Washington on March 5, 2010. In a Power Point presentation, attended by at least two deputy attorneys general, Voth explained how the operation was run and how almost two-dozen largely unemployed men bought 1,026 assault weapons with $650,000 in just over four months, then smuggled the guns to Mexico while under surveillance.
"Following the briefing ... Mr. Voth received accolades from his superiors. No one in ATF leadership or at Main Justice raised any concerns with Mr. Voth about the direction of the investigation. If anything, they were encouraging him," Voth attorney Joshua Levy said.
Attorneys for the three contend that the report's conclusion that the strategy for Fast and Furious was hatched in Phoenix is not true. MacAllister's attorney claims that it was "part of the overall ATF Southwest Border strategy to deal with an international criminal enterprise engaged in firearms trafficking.""
Does this mean the ATF provided the $650,000 to purchase the guns, in addition to clearing the buyers NICS records and letting the buyers know they were cleared to buy guns?
Posted by: Jim D. at September 12, 2012 01:02 PM
How is it that the local Phoenix ATF office had the authority to run Gun Walker operations in New Mexico, Florida, Texas, and Indiana along with Phoenix?
Posted by: James Nelson at September 12, 2012 03:48 PM