Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is asking for information on the 2009-2011 operation known as Fast and Furious.
As reported in Reuters, 'Setting out to stop cross-border gun smuggling, the U.S. scheme [Fast and Furious] allowed people to illegally buy arms in the United States and take them to Mexico so that the weapons could be tracked and lead law enforcement officials to drug cartel bosses. Some weapons were later blamed for gangland slayings in Mexico.
“How could this be? A government that invades in this way, that flagrantly violates sovereignty, international laws,” Lopez Obrador said at his daily news conference.
To avoid a repeat, the matter needed to be cleared up, said Lopez Obrador, who noted that President Donald Trump had last year been “respectful” to Mexico in discussions over joint co-operation following two major security incidents.
That’s something that Representative Paul Gosar has been saying for years.
“Attorney General Holder’s refusal to take responsibility for the actions of his department is inexcusable,” Representative Gosar (AZ-LD4) said during a press conference in 2011. "The American people need answers to how this operation was authorized and assurances that nothing like this can or will ever happen again.”
In 2011, as Congressman Paul Gosar led the charge demanding an investigation into the gun running operation dubbed, “Fast and Furious,” it often appeared as if the then-Attorney General, Eric Holder was more concerned about covering up the issue, rather than getting to the bottom of it.
The frustration with Holder was so strong, that over 40 other members of Congress called for his resignation.
You can read the comments from other Congressional representatives and watch Gosar’s comments here:
“The only way we’re going to find these firearms now are at the crime scenes both in this country and in Mexico,” Gosar said. His words almost seem prophetic now. On December 14, 2010, US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a gunfight, and two of the assault weapons recovered that night were traced to the Fast and Furious operation.
The issue didn’t go away. Andy Tobin was the Arizona Speaker of the House at the time, and he established a committee to investigate the Fast and Furious operation pointing out that it happened in Arizona and Arizonans have a right to know the facts.
When Gosar introduced a Resolution of No Confidence in US Attorney General Eric Holder, he had 100 Co-Sponsors join him. Shortly after, Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa released a report making a detailed and compelling case to hold US Attorney General Holder in Contempt of Congress. On June 28, 2012, the House of Representatives voted 255-67 to hold Holder in criminal contempt. The Obama administration declined to prosecute Holder.
Holder finally stepped down in the fall of 2014. Gosar stated at the time, “His [Holder’s] place in history will be marked by shameful violations of the rule of law and despicable circumvention of the Constitution.”
In 2012, Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a 512 page report on Fast and Furious.
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