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October 26, 2011

Darrell Issa: Janet Napolitano slow on Fast & Furious

Josh Gerstein
October 26, 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) dropped in on a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday to suggest that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano acted too slowly to look into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a Border Patrol agent last December.

Napolitano responded that her immediate concern was finding the killers of Agent Brian Terry and that she didn’t know until the spring of this year that there were indications his death involved weapons that were part of the federal gun trafficking probe titled Operation Fast & Furious. “Our No. 1 priority was to make sure the shooters were found,” she said.

In earlier questioning, Napolitano said she had held off inquiring into the relation between the controversial Fast and Furious operation and Agent Brian Terry’s death because that matter is the subject of a Inspector General investigation at the Justice Department.

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