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Gun Law-Enforcement Operation Called ‘Reckless’ By Holder

December 10, 2011

(Adds impeachment comment in final paragraph.)

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. law enforcement operation to track guns shipped illegally to Mexico was “reckless” and the tactics used weren’t approved by the Mexican government, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers.

Holder made the comments today in response to questions at a House Judiciary Committee hearing over an operation called Fast and Furious designed to link guns smuggled from the U.S. to Mexican drug cartels.

The operation, which Holder said shouldn’t have gone forward, was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, part of the Justice Department.

Two of about 2,000 guns that ATF allowed to be carried away were found at the scene of the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona, according to a congressional report.

Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, said at the hearing there could be an impeachment if “we don’t get to the bottom of this.” He didn’t specify who could be impeached.

--Editors: Justin Blum, Don Frederick

To contact the reporter on this story: Jeff Bliss in Washington at jbliss@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Silva at msilva34@bloomberg.net


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