Rep. Darrell Issa Explains Supoena Sent To ATF

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a video interview explaining why a supoena was sent to ATF. As David Codrea reports, Issa’s spokesman Seamus Kraft says the video answers the following questions.

In the video, Chairman Issa answers the following questions:

  • What are BATF’s “Project Gunrunner” and “Operation Fast and Furious”?
  • Why did you initiate an Oversight Committee Investigation into ATF’s “Project Gunrunner”?
  • Since ATF refused to provide the information you and Senator Grassley requested, what are you doing today?
  • What are the terms of the subpoena you’ve issued to Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson?
  • Did you consult with Oversight Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings before issuing the subpoena?
  • What is Ranking Member Cummings’ stance towards the investigation of “Project Gunrunner”?
  • Are you still working with Senator Grassley on the investigation of “Project Gunrunner”?
  • Do you expect the State Department will comply with your request for information on its involvement with “Project Gunrunner”?
  • Do you have a message for the families affected by “Project Gunrunner”?

UPDATE: Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA)welcomes Issa’s efforts to get the documents in this statement. Grassley also includes links to all the letters he has sent to the various government agencies involved.

“I first wrote to seek information about these allegations in January. It’s now April. Despite repeated requests and mounting evidence that the allegations are credible, the administration failed to voluntarily provide even a single page of the internal documents I requested. After this history of stonewalling, the Justice Department is now faced with a subpoena from the House. The department must provide these documents and I expect them to be delivered simultaneously to me at the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“I welcome Chairman Issa joining my efforts to uncover the facts about how this reckless policy was approved.”

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