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Topic - Ronald Weich
The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee wants to know who at the Justice Department saw a memo from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in Phoenix outlining questionable tactics in the Fast and Furious gunrunning operation, which was forwarded to ATF headquarters and possibly to Justice a day before the department denied that any weapons had been "walked" to Mexico.
The House committee investigating Fast and Furious has received more than 7,600 documents from the Justice Department, but Republican lawmakers say none addresses who approved the gunrunning probe, who failed to stop it before a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and why department officials initially lied to Congress about it.
The senior Justice Department official who sent a letter to a Republican senator falsely claiming that the department did not allow guns to be "walked" to drug smugglers in Mexico during the Fast and Furious investigation left the department Wednesday to become dean of the Baltimore School of Law.
Owners of musical instruments made with illegally imported wood don't face prosecution, two federal agencies say in a letter that addresses fears stirred up after a major Tennessee guitar-maker was raided.
Another senior Republican has questions about the Fast and Furious undercover weapons investigation on the U.S.-Mexico border, demanding that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. immediately brief his office regarding the "scope and details of any past or present ATF gun-walking programs" in Texas.
The Justice Department blocked senior ATF leaders from cooperating with Congress in its investigation of the "Fast and Furious" weapons operation, ordering them not to respond to questions and taking full control of replying to briefing and document requests, the agency's top boss told Congressional investigators.
Federal agents testified to Congress on Wednesday that their superiors told them to stand down and watch as weapons flowed from gun dealers in Arizona to criminals and violent drug cartels in Mexico part of a now-discredited operation designed to catch gunrunners.
The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Friday announced the issuance of a subpoena to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for documents concerning "Project Gunrunner" and records the agency has on the shooting death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The Obama Justice Department is doing everything it can to boost Democrats in the upcoming election. It's helping stifle military votes, facilitating criminal voting and encouraging intimidation at the polls by deep-sixing the New Black Panther voter-intimidation case.
The top House Democrat says her chamber won't vote on Senate legislation to reverse a cut in Medicare payments to doctors.
Any claim "that ATF 'sanctioned' or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them to Mexico, is false," Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote to Mr. Grassley on Feb. 4, 2011. "ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation into Mexico."
On Feb. 4, 2011, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich told the Iowa lawmaker in a letter that allegations of gunwalking were "false."