The surprising assertion of executive privilege raised the question of whether that is still the case,” Issa said in his letter.. Schultz responded that Issas account “has as much merit as his absurd contention that Operation Fast and Furious was created in order to promote gun control.
A full House vote is scheduled Thursday on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with two subpoenas requesting addition documents regarding the botched operation.
“Here’s the real answer as to gun control,” Issa said on ABC’s “This Week”: “We have email from people involved in this that are talking about using what they’re finding here to support the basically assault weapons ban or greater reporting.”.
“Could it be,” he said on NRA News’ “Cam & Company” program, “that what they really were thinking of was in fact to use this walking of guns in order to promote an assault weapons ban? Many think so. And they haven’t come up with an explanation that would cause any of us not to agree.”.
The assault weapons ban, which was instituted in the first term of the Clinton administration but was allowed to lapse during the Bush administration, marked the nadir of gun rights, according to gun advocates and their supporters on Capitol Hill.
The issue is one of the underlying factors that have turned the gun program, Operation Fast and Furious, into a cause célèbre among conservatives.
As Issa noted on “This Week,” the Department of Justice announced on April 25, 2011, “right in the middle of the scandal,” that it was requiring some 8,500 gun stores in Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico to report individual purchases of multiple rifles of greater than .22 caliber by law abiding American citizens to the ATF because such guns are “frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest border.”.
On July 14, 2010, roughly five months before Agent Terry’s murder, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix special agent in charge of Fast and Furious.
We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun sales.
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