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Issa: ATF Intimidating Witnesses before ‘Fast and Furious’ Testimony

July 26, 2011 by  

Issa: ATF Intimidating Witnesses before ‘Fast and Furious’ Testimony

In a recent interview, Representative Darrell E. Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at least two witnesses scheduled to testify before the Committee about the controversial “Fast and Furious” operation were intimidated by the Administration of President Barack Obama.

The two witnesses in question reportedly received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), urging them to “limit their testimony,” according to an article for The Washington Times, which conducted the interview: “At least two of the agents got letters from ATF Associate Chief Counsel Barry S. Orlow warning them to keep certain areas off-limits, including those still under investigation.”

Issa also alleged in the interview that Attorney General Eric Holder may have known more about the operation, in which the ATF lost more than 1,000 guns across the border with Mexico, than he has led authorities to believe.

“How is it that the No. 2, 3, 4 at Justice all knew about this program, but the No. 1 didn’t?,” Issa reportedly said. “Is it because he said ‘don’t tell me’? Is it because they knew what they were doing is wrong, and they were protecting their boss? Or is it that Eric Holder is just so disconnected… ?”

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