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Fast And Furious Subpoenas To Be Issued Soon

Washington (CNN) -- House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Sunday that he could issue subpoenas to the Justice Department this week in connection to a now-discredited federal gunrunning operation.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Issa said that he wants a better understanding of who knew what, when about Operation Fast and Furious.

"But more importantly, we have to understand at what level did the authorization really come?" he said.

"People at the top of (the) Justice (Department) were well briefed, knew about it and seemed to be the command and control and funding for this program."

The operation involved agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowing illegal sales of guns believed to be destined for Mexican drug cartels to "walk" from Phoenix, Arizona, gun stores into Mexico.

The idea was to track the sellers and purchasers of guns to Mexican cartels, but the program became mired in controversy after weapons found at Mexican and American murder scenes were traced back to the program. Mexican officials and critics in the United States called the program a failure, saying it exacerbated the longstanding problem of U.S. weapons getting into the hands of the violent Mexican cartels.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the Judiciary Committee in May that he had known about the Fast and Furious program for just a few weeks. Click here to read more

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