The special agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious expressed his disappointment and frustration with the ongoing congressional investigation and the Justice Department’s handling of the botched gun-walking operation in an exclusive interview with Fox News this week.
“The [Terry] family doesn’t have the answers they deserve which is the sole reason I am here,” John Dodson, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives special agent, said. ”It’s not a matter of me feeling vindicated. [The truth] — that’s what this is supposed to all be about.”
Dodson first testified before Congress on June 15, 2011. In his testimony he described how the ATF and the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office had allowed straw-buyers to purchase guns along the Arizona-Mexican border.
The ATF tracked the guns with the hope that they would lead to cartel higher-ups. The operation backfired, however, and ATF guns were found at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death. Terry died in a shootout between ATF agents and Mexican bandits.
The botched operation has become the target of a large congressional investigation. Attorney General Eric Holder faces a vote on a contempt of Congress measure this week, as the fight between the department and Congress over the disclosure of documents boils over. Some Democratic lawmakers have accused the investigation’s leader, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif), of politicizing the tragedy.
Earlier this month Issa contended that top Justice Department officials knew the operation incorporated controversial gun-walking techniques, but the department has continually denied the assertion. In 2011, Issa issued a subpoena for thousands of department documents pertaining to the operation. Since then he has repeatedly criticized the department for failing to provide all the documents requested in the subpoena, accusing Holder of “stonewalling.” Holder has argued that the documents contain sensitive information and their disclosure could harm the integrity of ongoing investigations. Last week, Holder offered to meet with the lawmaker and offered a number of new department documents.
“We either do it or we don’t. Either you think he is in contempt or you don’t,” Dodson said about the contempt vote. “If you do, then you vote. Give it the floor time. You play your cards.”
Dodson says the unfortunate politicizing of the event has overshadowed the Terry family’s suffering.
“I dont care if you’re on the right or the left,” he said in the interview. ”To say this is all party games? Not for me. Not for Brian Terry’s family. ”