Fast and Furious follow-up: Issa, Grassley press Holder on ICE officer Jaime Zapata’s murder

Michelle Malkin

Just delivered to corruptocrat AG Eric Holder’s office: A joint letter from House Oversight and Government Reform chair Darrell Issa and Senate GOP Judiciary Committee ranking member Charles Grassley pushing the DOJ for answers after relations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “was aware of straw buying by Manuel Barba during a several month span of which one of the weapons found at the murder scene of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Officer Jaime Zapata was purchased…One of the major flaws found in the tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious, where gunwalking was known to occur, was the failure to conduct surveillance of individuals known to be trafficking weapons to Mexico, which allowed such firearms to reach the border. Issa and Grassley said that the same irresponsible tactic appears to have been used as the ATF allowed guns to cross the border in Texas.” Full letter reprinted below.

Sharyl Atkisson of CBS News reported last week that a second gun tied to Zapata’s murder has been linked to ATF gunwalking operations. Nobody bothered to inform the Zapata family about the prosecution and sentencing of Manuel Barba:

Prosecutors recently sentenced a Texas man, Manuel Barba, for trafficking a weapon connected to the murder of Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agent Jaime Zapata. Nobody was more astonished to learn of the case than Zapata’s parents, who didn’t know that Barba had been arrested or linked to their son’s murder…


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