Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) called on Congress to probe the existence of a government operation that allegedly allowed hundreds of weapons to enter Mexico illegally during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Citing Justice Department sources, CBS News reported on a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms gun-running probe known as “Operation Wide Receiver” that was launched in 2006 and 2007 and which purportedly allowed firearms to be sold to known straw purchasers in and around Tucson, Arizona.
The revelation comes amid the fallout from another botched ATF operation, “Fast and Furious,” under which some 2,000 weapons were allowed to “walk” into Mexico between 2009 and 2010.
Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a written statement that the Bush-era program merits an investigation.
“(W)hether it’s Operation Fast and Furious, Operation Wide Receiver, or both, it’s clear that guns were walked, and people high in the Justice Department knew about it,” Grassley, one of the chief Fast and Furious investigators in Congress, said.