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House Oversight Committee Hearing on ATF "Fast and Furious" Weapons Operations

Washington, DC
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Officials in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms’ operation know as “Fast and Furious” apologized for mistakes made and said they would have done things differently if given a second chance.  Those officials told the House Oversight Committee that the investigation was designed to destroy a large-scale arms smuggling operation from Phoenix to Mexico.

Guns linked to the operation have been found at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S., including the scene of a border agent killing in rural Arizona.  ATF agents based in Mexico also testified, saying they could not understand why their agency permitted an operation that led to guns falling into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members.

Updated: Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 12:54pm (ET)

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