The firearms dealer ensnared in the Justice Department's Fast and Furious scandal has won an early release from prison after a judge ruled he was overcharged.
The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee contends Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. knew more about 'Fast and Furious,' the failed ATF gun-tracking operation, than he has admitted.
Assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home of the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, court records say.
Memos from 2010 show some in senior positions were aware of tactics used in a surveillance operation in which firearms were allowed into Mexico in a failed effort to catch drug cartel leaders.
A cache of assault weapons lost in the ATF's gun-trafficking surveillance operation known as Fast as Furious turned up in El Paso, Texas, where it was being stored for shipment to Mexico, according to new internal agency emails and federal court records.
Top Mexican officials say the U.S. kept them in the dark. One official was stunned to learn that the cartel hit men who killed her brother had assault rifles from Fast and Furious in their arsenal.
Andre Howard owns the Lone Wolf gun store in Glendale, Ariz. In 2009, ATF officials hid cameras in his store and told him to sell guns to illegal purchasers. He had misgivings. Then a Border Patrol agent was shot.
Republicans have been upset at the management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which authorized a botched sting operation near the Mexican border. But Republican leaders, responding to complaints from gun-rights lobbyists, have refused to confirm a director for the bureau.
Three national security officials were given some details about the gun-trafficking operation. But an administration official says the emails do not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert tactics of the program.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that three supervisors in its controversial Fast and Furious gun-trafficking investigation were transferred to lateral jobs, not promoted.
Firearms from the ATF's Fast and Furious weapons trafficking investigation turned up at the scenes of at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S., as well as at a U.S. Border Patrol agent's slaying in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress.
The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the Mexico border. Two have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the program, dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.
A U.S. Embassy cable raised concerns that U.S. guns were showing up in Mexico. But ATF officials kept mum about the operation to sell guns to trace smuggling routes, even when they lost track of some weapons.
As Sen. Charles Grassley and congressional investigators looked into the Fast and Furious operation and the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, ATF officials took steps to throw them off the trail.
Congressional investigators probing the controversial "Fast and Furious" anti-gun-trafficking operation on the border with Mexico believe at least six Mexican drug cartel figures involved in gun smuggling also were paid FBI informants.
The Obama administration has taken a a small but significant step that could help federal authorities keep weapons sold in the U.S. out of the hands of Mexican gangs and drug cartels.
As a backlash mounts over the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracing operation, the Justice Department will require gun dealers in states bordering Mexico to alert officials if they sell more than two semiautomatic rifles to someone in a five-day period.
The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told congressional investigators that the FBI and DEA kept his agency 'in the dark' about their dealings with Mexican drug cartel figures linked to the controversial gun-trafficking operation called Fast and Furious.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives failed in a border operation that let guns fall into the hands of criminals. But Congress has failed to adopt sensible laws to prevent mass 'straw purchases' of arms destined for use in crimes.
The acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Kenneth Melson, is resisting pressure to step down because of controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns to flow into Mexico, according to federal sources.
A U.S. congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial federal gun-running surveillance operation, moves to Mexico amid reports that two AK-47s sold in Arizona were found at the scene of a shootout with the suspected killers of a Mexican attorney.