Oversight Says ‘Senior DOJ Officials Were Informed Of Gunwalking’

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USA –-(Ammoland.com)- Senior officials in the Department of Justice were given detailed information about Fast and Furious gunwalking operations, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrel Issa, R-Calif., told Attorney General Eric Holder in a letter today.

Referencing “immense detail” in sealed wiretap applications obtained by the committee that had been approved by these officials, Issa claimed “The close involvement of these officials – much greater than previously known – is shocking.”

“Throughout the course of the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the [Justice] Department has consistently denied that any senior officials were provided information about the tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious,” Issa wrote, saying “statements made by senior Department officials regarding the wiretaps [were] false and misleading.”

“You have repeatedly either denied involvement by senior officials in Fast and Furious, or asserted that the wiretap applications do not contain rich detail about irresponsible investigative tactics,” Issa told the Attorney General.

The Oversight Committee has posted a copy of the letter on its website. In related developments, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, appeared on Fox News to address Holder missing a May 31 subpoena deadline and perceived reluctance on the part of the Republican leadership to aggressively address administration stonewalling (see sidebar video player). Holder will be appearing before the House Judiciary Committee to address further questions later this week, Chaffetz acknowledged, but admitted “We need some more people stepping up on both sides of the aisle to hold these guys accountable.”

The full committee hearing on “Oversight of the United States Department of Justice” will take place Thursday at 9:30 a.m in the Rayburn House Office Building.

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