Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) released a report Tuesday alleging that senior officials in the Obama administration lied during a congressional investigation while testifying about their initial accounts of what happened during Operation Fast and Furious.
The information was recovered from wiretaps obtained that had been used by the Obama administrations during the operation.
In a June 5 letter to Eric Holder Issa alleges, “The wiretap applications show that immense detail about questionable investigative tactics was available to the senior officials who reviewed and authorized them.”
Six wiretaps were initially approved for the purpose of allowing federal agents to monitor phone conversations of individuals with suspected ties to Mexican cartel groups.
These wiretaps provide evidence that senior officials were well aware that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) agents had sold guns that were then illegally smuggled into Mexico.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has repeatedly denied withholding any information regarding the operation.
During Operation Fast and Furious, a series of controversial actions was taken by the ATF that involved the sales of thousands of guns from individuals with ties to Mexican drug cartels.
The goal of the operation was to track the purchases of the guns with the hope that U.S. agents would eventually obtain information regarding senior officials involved in the drug cartels. However, to date, less than 700 of the 2,000 firearms that were illegally sold have been recovered, and the firearms have been linked to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.