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The House Oversight Committee accused Justice of trying to cover up Fast and Furious


The House Oversight Committee released a report Wednesday that took former Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to task over Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-running operation that went wrong, Fox News reported.

The report, which checked in at nearly 300 pages, said that the Justice Department under Holder misled Congress about the operation and actively hid the facts from the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, at times being openly hostile towards them.  

“More than five years after Brian’s murder, the Terry family still wonders about key details of Operation Fast and Furious,” reads the report. “The Justice Department’s obstruction of Congress’s investigation contributed to the Terry family’s inability to find answers.”

Terry was killed during a violent encounter with members of a cartel "rip crew" (a group that patrols the border looking for drug dealers to rob). The man who killed Terry was apprehended in April. 

Operation Fast and Furious was a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives operation where the federal government allowed criminals to buy guns in shops in Phoenix, Arizona, so that they could track them once they had been smuggled to Mexico. 

The ATF, however, lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns, two of which were found at the scene of Terry's death. 

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