Issa Statement on the Transfer of Operation Fast and Furious Cases out of Arizona

September 7, 2011

(WASHINGTON) Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa released the following statement on the Department of Justice transferring cases related to Operation Fast and Furious out of the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office:

“Moving cases related to Operation Fast and Furious away from the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office is clearly in the best interest of achieving just outcomes and removes the apparent conflict-of-interest that Arizona prosecutors had in bringing cases from an operation they mishandled. The Oversight committee first urged the Justice Department to transfer these cases to an impartial prosecutor in May. This decision is also an important step in respecting the rights of victims of Operation Fast and Furious, including the family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry who had expressed concern about how the cases were being handled in Arizona.”

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