The House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee gave Barack Obama some terrible news on Wednesday when they published a damning report that condemns the former president’s administration for allegedly covering up the investigation into the death seven years ago of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Western Journalism reported that Terry was killed in 2010 during a gunfight with Mexican cartel members along the U.S.-Mexico border. After the murder, guns that were found at the scene were traced to gun shops in Phoenix, Arizona. It was later revealed that at these shops, the U.S. government knowingly allowed criminals to obtain weapons so that they could track where the guns would end up.
This was known as “Operation Fast and Furious” and it was overseen by the DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. However, this project backfired when the government lost track of approximately 1,400- 2,000 of the guns sold, and it was two of these guns that showed up at the scene of Terry’s murder.
The Department of Justice claimed that it launched an “internal probe” into this, but the report published on Wednesday revealed that this investigation was “largely a sham, and it prioritized politics and spin over public safety.”
“The Department’s efforts focused on managing the day-to-day media cycle and protecting its senior political appointees rather than thoroughly investigating allegations of misconduct raised by whistleblowers,” the report stated.
Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said yesterday that the DOJ “had no intention of looking for honest answers and being transparent.”
“In fact, from the onset, bureaucrats employed shameless delay tactics to obstruct the investigation,” he added.
The House obtained documents that show that Attorney General Eric Holder never tried “to track down the more than 2,000 firearms lost along the Southwest border” or provide “coordinated assistance for the Terry family.”
“More than five years after Brian’s murder, the Terry family still wonders about key details of Operation Fast and Furious,” the report read. “The Justice Department’s obstruction of Congress’s investigation contributed to the Terry family’s inability to find answers.”
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