The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday said new documents show that senior Justice Department officials in Washington, despite their previous denials, were given “specific information about reckless tactics” in the botched “Fast and Furious” gunrunning investigation.
In a letter, Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, rebuked Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for what he described as Mr. Holder’s “continuing efforts to mislead Congress about both the contents of the wiretap applications and details of who knew about and gave approval for reckless tactics.”
While refusing to produce documents on the Fast and Furious operation that have been subpoenaed by the committee, Mr. Issa said, Mr. Holder previously denied knowledge of and cast doubt on the possibility that the wiretap applications contained information about reckless tactics.
“The wiretap applications show that immense detail about questionable investigative tactics was available to the senior officials who reviewed and authorized them. The close involvement of these officials — much greater than previously known — is shocking,” Mr. Issa wrote.
Unfortunately, the wiretap applications can’t be released to the public.