Feeling increased pressure after the Journal-Sentinel exposed questionable tactics used by the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during botched string operations in Milwaukee and other cities across the country, leading into an investigation by Congress, the House issued a subpoena this week for the ATF to turn over documents used during those operations.
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California Rep. Darrell Issa slammed the ATF’s outright refusal to cooperate, similar to the infamous investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. According to The Washington Times, previous requests for the documents and additional details have once again gone unanswered.
“Nominated to lead ATF in the wake of the reckless Operation Fast and Furious, you were ultimately confirmed as director with an expectation that you would clean up field operations and end the reckless behavior that has defined ATF in recent years,” Mr. Issa wrote in a letter to ATF Director Todd Jones. “The time for hollow promises is over. Regrettably, I must now compel you to produce the requested documents.”
But Issa isn’t the only one whose requests to the ATF have been ignored. At least three congressional investigators have also written letters requesting information more than just a time or two and yet none of them have received a reply.