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Inspector Gen. Investigators in Phoenix for Fast and Furious Probe

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

While Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley continue to attack the Justice Department in Washington over Operation Fast and Furious, investigators from the Office of Inspector General are in Phoenix looking into the matter.

According to one source, the OIG investigators are interviewing ATF agents and prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix.

The probe into the matter seems to be heating up as Grassley and Issa put more pressure on the Justice Department to cough up documents and information on the controversial operation.

Under the program, ATF encouraged gun dealers to sell to middlemen or straw purchasers, with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels. Some of the guns have shown up at crime scenes including at the scene in Arizona where Border Agent Brian Terry was killed.

There has been nothing that has surfaced publicly to suggest the guns were actually used in the killing of Terry.

There is also no proof that any of the guns from Operation Fast and Furious were used to kill ICE agent Jamie Zapata in Mexico.

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