Border agent's parents criticize Obama


Associated Press

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 7:31 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The parents of a slain border agent say when President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege regarding Operation Fast and Furious, it compounded the tragedy.

In the gun-walking operation, agents of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona allowed weapons they believed to be illicitly purchased to cross the border to track them to high-level arms traffickers.

The agents lost track of several hundred weapons and two of the guns that "walked" in the operation were found at the scene of the slaying of U.S. border agent Brian Terry.

A House panel investigating the operation today voted to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt for refusing to turn over documents on the operation after executive privilege was invoked. The issue goes to the full House next week.

Speaker John Boehner says there will be a vote unless there's some resolution in the meantime.

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233-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with Congressman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee)--A House committee has voted to cite Attorney General Eric Holder with contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents in the probe of the botched gun-running sting known as Fast and Furious. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (20 Jun 2012)

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APPHOTO DCSA114: Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., center, adjourns a meeting of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, after a committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., sits at far left, and Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the ranking member, watches, second from left. In a showdown with President Barack Obama's administration, House Republicans had pressed for more Justice Department documents on the flawed gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious that resulted in hundreds of guns illicitly purchased in Arizona gun shops winding up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) (20 Jun 2012)

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