A House committee chairman is threating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents.
The House Oversight and Government Reform committee issued a subpoena last month seeking documents relating to ATF's anti-gun-trafficking strategies along the U.S.-Mexico border. The committee is investigating reports the agency allowed assault rifles to be sold to suspected straw purchasers for a trafficking ring and that lives were jeopardized as a result.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (EYE'-suh) wrote to ATF's acting director Wednesday, complaining that the agency is refusing to turn over the documents because of ongoing criminal investigations.
He said the committee is legally entitled to the documents for its separate investigation.
ATF did not respond to a request for comment.