Rep. Issa Subpoenas ATF, Demands Answers for "Project Gunrunner"

Posted: Apr 01, 2011 1:11 PM
A subpoena has been issued by Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which falls under Eric Holder's Justice Department, after ATF failed to meet an earlier March 16 deadline. Issa has again asked ATF to provide the committee with requested documents related to "Project Gunrunner," in addition to documents related to the death of Border Patrol Agent Bryan Terry.

Documents subpoenaed and due to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform by April 13, 2011, include:

1.  Documents and communications relating to the genesis of Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, and any memoranda or reports involving any changes to either program at or near the time of the release of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General report about Project Gunrunner in November 2010.

2.  Documents and communications relating to individuals responsible for authorizing the decision to “walk” guns to Mexico in order to follow them and capture a “bigger fish.”

3.  Documents and communications relating to any investigations conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) or any other DOJ component following the fatal shooting of Agent Brian Terry, including information pertaining to two guns found at the crime scene that may have been connected to Project Gunrunner.

4.  Documents and communications relating to any weapons recovered at the crime scene or during the investigation into the death of Agent Brian Terry.

5.  Documents and communications between ATF and the Federal Firearms Licensee (FFL) who sold weapons to Jaime Avila, including any Report of Investigation (ROI) or other records relating to a December 17, 2009 meeting “to discuss his role as an FFL during this investigation.”

6.  A copy of the presentation, approximately 200 pages long, that the Group 7 Supervisor made to officials at ATF headquarters in the spring of 2010.

7.  Documents and communications relating to Operation Fast and Furious between and among ATF headquarters and Special Agent in Charge William D. Newell, Assistant Special Agents in Charge Jim Needles and George Gillette, Group Supervisor David Voth, or any Case Agent from November 1, 2009 to the present.  The response to this component of the subpoena shall include a memorandum, approximately 30 pages long, from SAC Newell to ATF headquarters following the arrest of Jaime Avila and the death of Agent Brian Terry.

8.  Documents and communications relating to complaints or objections by ATF agents about: (1) encouraging, sanctioning, or otherwise allowing FFLs to sell firearms to known or suspected straw buyers, (2) failure to maintain surveillance on known or suspected straw buyers, (3) failure to maintain operational control over weapons purchased by known or suspected straw buyers, or (4) letting known or suspected straw buyers with American guns enter Mexico. 

Remember: President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claim they did not order "Project Gunrunner" and deny knowing about the operation.