Sen. John McCain has requested a Congressional hearing on the much-maligned gun trafficking investigation led by the ATF.
Up until recently, two fellow Republican legislators — Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., — have led the Congressional inquiries into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Fast and Furious" operation.
In a letter sent Wednesday, McCain said additional information released about the operation last week warrants a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which McCain is a member.
“The committee should hold a meeting as soon as possible to examine these new revelations and determine what additional measures are needed to help prevent this type of malfeasance from occurring again,” McCain wrote in a letter addressed to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
The veteran Arizona Senator is asking for the committee to call the U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder; the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano; and the ATF’s acting director, B. Todd Jones; as witnesses.
Issa and Grassley leveled new criticism of the operation recently, saying the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona http://azstarnet.com/news/local/crime/article_d678bd84-4d3e-5b7f-be30-247902994788.html"> tried to downplay downplay the link between two guns found at the scene of a Tucson Border Patrol agent's fatal shooting and the 'Fast and Furious' investigation.