October 12th, 2011
10:30 AM ET

Congress issues subpoena for Holder, others in 'Fast and Furious' probe

Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena for communications from several top Justice Department officials - including Attorney General Eric Holder - relating to the discredited "Fast and Furious" federal gunrunning operation, according to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California.

Operation Fast and Furious involved agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowing illegal sales of guns believed to be destined for Mexican drug cartels to "walk" from Phoenix, Arizona, gun stores into Mexico.

The idea was to track the sellers and purchasers of guns to Mexican cartels, but the program became mired in controversy after weapons found at Mexican and American murder scenes were traced back to the program. Mexican officials and critics in the United States called the program a failure, saying it exacerbated the longstanding problem of U.S. weapons getting into the hands of the violent Mexican cartels.

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  1. noway

    operation, lets get criminals some weapons, successful.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Zaggs

    Wow CNN, guess no reason to list the constant and changing excuses that Holder has given that lead to the subpoena. The guy only claimed to have never have heard it till april 11 despite several memos addressed specifically to him earlier. His latest defense, "I dont read all my memos". Pathetic.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ajgorm

    uhh with power like this we know how the drugs get here. lets put it in perspective they were hoping to follow the guns to the source ..LOOK in the mirror first. Yeah right put guns in the hands of criminals and see if their is a pattern to follow suit..From Phenox to Mexico are they all criminals working together to thwart the country. Do we have LAws !

    October 12, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom Legare

    Yeah he should answer like old Alberto 'I don't recall' Gonzales did during the Bushy years!! What a joke. How about Issa working on a few jobs bills instead

    October 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scratcher

    It's Ollie North all over again. Mr. Prez, Holder has your back on this one.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ajgorm

    then we get intel from Holder about IRAN are we all NUTZ !

    October 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 1benza

    Excellent. There goes another 1.5 million dollars wasted in tax payer money. Those subpoenas aren't free, but if congress doesn't like the way someone looks or acts they can issue them left and right. Anything to score brownie points for the political bases.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Derek

      So it's OK for AG Holder to break the law & Congress should do nothing?

      October 12, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saywhat?

      Break what laws???

      Its a claim of "I didnt know" and some repukes dont believe it..so far, only law he might have broken is lieing to congress...and who cares about that?? Congress lies all the time...just ask their lobbist.

      October 12, 2011 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don to Derek

      So it's OK for AG Holder to break the law & Congress should do nothing?

      why should congress start now (doing something)?


      October 13, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. carly

    more GOP/Tea party distractions so they don't have to do any real work.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Chris_Yoder

    I hope that Congress gives Holder an option. 1. Face time in a Federal Pen for perjury or 2. Disclose whether or not Obama had any direct knowledge or approved the operation. If Holder chooses the second option it will be interesting to a second impeachment in my lifetime. The House would definately indict Obama and there would a massive fight in the Senate.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Saywhat?

      lol....thats all i'm going to say...i just dont have the time...

      October 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Derek

    This was a real travesty of justice. BATF knowingly allowed & even encouraged gun dealers to sell guns to people that BATF knew would be transported to Mexican drug cartels. Why? To justify increased gun controls. Because there's no evidence most Mexican drug gangs get their weapons from the U.S. so the BATF had to create the evidence. Mexican drug gangs their weapons on the black market in Mexico & often steal them from the Mexican police & army. Mexico wants to blame the US for its drug gang violence but the reality is the Mexican Govt is so corrupt & inefficient, these drug gangs flourish.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ajgorm

    CREDIBILTY issues on Obamas side makes this a to the top case. Hilary said it best so did feinstein–> the orders must of come from the TOP down. holder is the PUPPET ! will he take the 5th the fall guy for Obama ?

    October 12, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      Oh please – Bush ran through fall guys like water (and on issues that were directly under his control), Obama's culpability here is peripheral at best.

      October 12, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Korla Pundit

    Oh, no! CNN took this story off their lists of headlines again!

    What will it take to make this story important, CNN? An actual indictment? A conviction? Impeachment? The "disappearance" of witnesses?

    This story is not going to go away. You might as well position yourself so you can claim you were "on top of the story."

    What a joke.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
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    October 12, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pkfops

    Americans raise their kids to be drug addicts and then blame it on Mexico.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
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