Lawmakers blast Justice Department’s ‘Fast and Furious’ probe

Two senior Republican lawmakers lambasted the Justice Department on Thursday for its “false denials” in the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation, demanding that the FBI turn over documents in its ongoing probe into the shooting death by Mexican bandits of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

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ABC’S JAKE TAPPER ASKS OBAMA ABOUT FAST & FURIOUS IN UNAIRED PORTION OF INTERVIEW

Conservative critics are blasting the ABC network for omitting a portion of Jake Tapper’s Tuesday interview with President Barack Obama, in which Tapper asked the president about the Fast and Furious gun scandal.

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Full coverage: ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal

A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the operation, has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

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‘Fast & Furious’: How botched operation spawned fatal results

The central characters in the failed “Fast and Furious” firearms investigation were 19 men and one woman, all legal residents of the U.S., accused of laying down hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit cash at Phoenix-area gun shops to buy an arsenal of high-powered weapons for Mexican drug smugglers.

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Issa: Holder hiding Fast and Furious facts

Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight & Government Reform Committee, suggested Sunday that Attorney General Eric Holder has been withholding facts regarding the so-called “Fast & Furious” gunwalking scandal, and indicated that law enforcement could be concealing possibly illuminating evidence.

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Memo: Holder told of ‘Fast and Furious’ as early as July 2010

Newly obtained Justice Department memos show that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was told about the controversial “Fast and Furious” weapons investigation as early as July 2010, apparently contradicting testimony he gave before a House committee in May saying he learned of the operation just weeks earlier.

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Emails show top Justice Department officials knew of ATF gun program

Memos from 2010 show some in senior positions were aware of tactics used in a surveillance operation in which firearms were allowed into Mexico in a failed effort to catch drug cartel leaders.

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