Lawmaker suspects ATF not compliant with probe of Border agent death

Sen. Charles E. Grassley wants to know whether ATF ordered its agents not to cooperate in his investigation of the shooting


By Jerry Seper
The Washington Times

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Senate Judiciary Committee's ranking Republican, who has questioned whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed suspected gun smugglers to purchase assault rifles that later were used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent, wants to know whether ATF ordered its agents not to cooperate in his investigation of the shooting.

In a letter Friday to ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, Sen. Charles E. Grassley said emails obtained through the Freedom of Information Act "appear to contain proposed guidance" on how to respond to questions from the senator's office, including instructions that agents were "in no way obligated to respond" and should refer inquiries to ATF's office of congressional affairs.

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