Townhall's Katie Pavlich continues to have solid coverage of the ongoing investigation into ATF's Operation Fast and Furious, a federal gun-tracking operation that allowed thousands of illegal firearms to be funneled to Mexican drug cartels.
During testimony delivered today before the House Oversight Committee, ATF Special Agent in Charge William Newell admitted that officials in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Justice (DOJ) Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) were all aware of the "Fast and Furious" operation. Rep. Patrick Meehan hammered down the confession:
In another tough line of questioning from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Newell insisted that the ATF never meant for the firearms to "walk" into Mexico. Chaffetz fires back, wondering how ATF couldn't have thought that would happen:
Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the oversight committee, has accused the Obama White House of trying to intimidate witnesses not to testify and believes Attorney General Eric Holder has not been honest with Congress about what he knew when:
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation known as “Fast and Furious”received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to limit their testimony.