EXCLUSIVE: Congressional investigators probing the failed anti-gunrunning operation Fast and Furious are sending a new subpoena to Attorney General Eric Holder — seeking communications from about a dozen top Justice Department officials, including Holder, his chief of staff, Gary Grindler, and the head of the department’s criminal division, Lanny Breuer, Fox News has learned.
The subpoena, which could be filed as early as Tuesday, will focus on the Justice Department. The first and only subpoena issued so far dealt with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That subpoena was issued back in March.
In the new subpoena, congressional investigators will apparently demand information regarding the investigation into death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Two guns found at Terry’s crime scene were linked to the failed operation that allowed more than 2,000 weapons to “walk”.
The subpoena is expected ask for correspondence that Justice Department officials had with the White House about the gun trafficking operation, as well as what information was shared by Justice officials in Mexico.
The new subpoena follows a week of back and forth between congressional investigators and Justice Department officials of “who knew what when”. Under scrutiny was Holder’s testimony from May 3 when he told Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that he “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”
Fox News obtained documents addressed to Holder as early as nine months before that, which described the concept of Operation Fast and Furious.
Here is Holder’s testimony under oath before Issa’s congressional committee, which the evidence suggests was false.