Senior Officials Refuses Fast And Furious Subpoena
January 23, 2012 by Sam Rolley
Last week, a senior official from the U.S. Attorney’s office said he is refusing to appear before the committee headed by Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who issued him a subpoena as part of his investigation into Fast and Furious.
An attorney for Patrick Cunningham, chief of the Phoenix office’s criminal division within the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona, said his client was planning to invoke the Fifth Amendment to avoid acting as a witness against himself, according to The Hill.
Issa subpoenaed Cunningham early last week to be deposed before the committee over his role in Fast and Furious, which was run out of Arizona in coordination with the State’s U.S. Attorney office.
“Senior Justice Department officials have recently told the committee that you relayed inaccurate and misleading information to the department in preparation for its initial response to Congress,” said Issa in the letter, which was made public last Thursday.
Cunningham’s involvement centers on a letter sent from the Justice Department last year to Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) that contained false statements about the operation.
Attorney General Eric Holder is scheduled to appear before Issa’s committee in two weeks.