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Mexican president calls for apology, investigation of Obama-era ‘Fast & Furious’ gun-running operation

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With former President Barack Obama’s name beginning to creep up more and more when it comes to co-conspirators at the highest levels of his administration trying to take out President Donald Trump, what could be a bad month may get worse.

With the stroke of a pen, Obama may have thought he stymied any real digging into the gun-running operation known as “Fast and Furious,” but not so fast.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador not only wants an apology from the United States, he’s also looking for answers to a lot of questions about the Obama-era operation.

“What seems serious to me is that a violation of our sovereignty was carried out, a secret operation, and that Mexicans were killed with these weapons,” Lopez Obrador said during a press conference in Mexico City on Friday, according to The Blaze.

Lopez Obrador is calling for an investigation into Operation Fast and Furious to make sure a similar type of operation never happens again.

“How could this be? A government that invades in this way, that flagrantly violates sovereignty, international laws,” Lopez Obrador said. “We have to shine light on this so that an action of this type will never be carried out again.”

Obama exerted executive privilege to withhold Justice Department documents related to Operation Fast and Furious ahead of then-Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress for not releasing the documents.

Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed by a gun from the botched gun-smuggling operation.

The Mexican president added: “There is still time for the U.S. to apologize.”

Mexico will send a diplomatic note to Washington asking for information on the gun-running scheme, The Blaze reported. Mexico Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard confirmed that he was sending a letter to the U.S.

More from The Blaze:

Operation Fast and Furious was a strategy created to assist the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives to combat Mexican drug cartels. Between 2009 and 2011, the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF would allow and track the illegal sale of approximately 2,000 firearms worth roughly $1.5 million. The weapons from Operation Fast and Furious would end up being used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010.

Lopez Obrador first brought up the decade-old incident last Monday when talking about Genaro Garcia Luna, who was Mexico’s security minister between 2006 and 2012. Garcia Luna was arrested in Texas by U.S. federal agents last December on drug trafficking and bribery charges.

 

Roberta Jacobson, a former American ambassador to Mexico appointed by Obama, suggested in an interview with Mexican magazine Proceso both governments knew about possible corruption by Luna, Reuters reported.

On Monday, Lopez Obrador said Drug Enforcement Administration officials who had cooperated with Luna should be investigated, along with Central Intelligence Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, according to the news service.

Tom Tillison

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