US AG Holder pressed re: ATF-Justice rift in Reno

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Updated: 10/17/2012 12:15 pm
Oct. 17 -- Attached are letters Chuck Grassley has written to the Dept. of Justice and the Reno ATF, in addition to a letter the Dept. of Justice wrote back to Grassley.

Here is Sen. Grassley's response: 
“I began looking into allegations from whistleblowers that the U.S. Attorney’s office in Reno hadn’t taken any cases from the ATF for more than a year. This was unsettling to me. Who knows what kind of crimes could have gone unpunished? It’s frustrating that the Obama administration still hasn’t answered questions about what led to the problems between the two offices and why they were allowed to fester for more than a year. The Justice Department should come clean, be accountable to the people of Nevada, and explain what happened so we can make sure rifts between two offices that need to work together don’t happen in other places.”

News 4 put in calls to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Reno and U.S. Department of Justice for comment on this story, but have not received any calls back.

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Three Congress members upset about the prosecution of federal gun cases in northern Nevada are stepping up pressure on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to explain why U.S. prosecutors appear to be feuding with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been pressing the U.S. Attorney's Office in Reno for information since the Reno Gazette-Journal first reported the rift last month.

Nevada Republicans Sen. Dean Heller and Rep. Mark Amodei joined Grassley in another letter Monday. They want to know why assistant U.S. attorneys in Reno refused to pursue eight weapons cases ATF recommended for prosecution.

Heller says the dispute that apparently resulted in most of Reno's ATF agents transferring elsewhere is threatening Nevada's public safety.


Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal,


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