AZ sherrifs call for special counsel in Fast and Furious scandal

They make an excellent case for one. And they are the most directly affected law enforcement officers, most of them from border counties:

Ten Arizona sheriffs demanded on Friday that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the roles of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other top administration officials in a gunrunning probe that allowed weapons to find their way into criminals' hands.

"All of this doesn't smell right," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, joined by several other sheriffs at a news conference outside the State Capitol. "I believe that this is a much larger scandal than anything that took place at Watergate."

The sheriffs called for Holder and other top Department of Justice officials to take responsibility for allowing 2,000 guns to be obtained by Mexican drug cartels and other criminals. During Operation Fast and Furious, agents allowed middlemen, known as straw buyers, to illegally purchase guns in hopes of tracking the guns once they reached other members of criminal networks.

The investigation came under fire after U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout last year north of Nogales and two assault rifles purchased during the operation were recovered at the scene.

"We've been betrayed by our government in Washington, D.C., and we need answers," Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.

They and their deputies will be dodging bullets from guns that were purchased by their own government for years to come.


They make an excellent case for one. And they are the most directly affected law enforcement officers, most of them from border counties:

Ten Arizona sheriffs demanded on Friday that a special counsel be appointed to investigate the roles of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and other top administration officials in a gunrunning probe that allowed weapons to find their way into criminals' hands.

"All of this doesn't smell right," said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, joined by several other sheriffs at a news conference outside the State Capitol. "I believe that this is a much larger scandal than anything that took place at Watergate."

The sheriffs called for Holder and other top Department of Justice officials to take responsibility for allowing 2,000 guns to be obtained by Mexican drug cartels and other criminals. During Operation Fast and Furious, agents allowed middlemen, known as straw buyers, to illegally purchase guns in hopes of tracking the guns once they reached other members of criminal networks.

The investigation came under fire after U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in a shootout last year north of Nogales and two assault rifles purchased during the operation were recovered at the scene.

"We've been betrayed by our government in Washington, D.C., and we need answers," Mohave County Sheriff Tom Sheahan said.

They and their deputies will be dodging bullets from guns that were purchased by their own government for years to come.


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