The Mexican government under President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wants more information about a disastrous U.S. sting operation against cartel leaders intended to lead to their arrests.
The Lopez Obrador administration, in particular, wants to know what Mexican authorities knew about the gun-walking scandal after former Attorney General Eric Holder claimed they were notified at the time of Operation Fast and Furious. (RELATED: Judicial Watch Goes After Corrupt Eric Holder)
The Obama-era scheme followed similar sting operations carried out during the George W. Bush administration.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) intended to track the movement of illegally-purchased firearms and secondarily, limit gun smuggling across the U.S.-Mexico border.
However, a 2012 review discovered that federal law enforcement authorities had only recovered approximately one-third of the 2,000 firearms sent across the border.
Fox News’ David Aaro reports:
Holder was the U.S. Attorney General under Obama between 2009 and 2015. Ebrard said he previously issued a statement by way of the U.S. embassy in Mexico asserting that “Mexican authorities” knew about the program, the news organization reported.
In 2012, the Justice Department report had found “no evidence” that Holder was informed about the operation or learned about the tactics employed by the ATF, according to the USA Today.
Lopez Obrador first talked of the scheme last Monday when discussing Genaro Garcia Luna, the former Mexican security minister from 2006-2012, who was arrested in the U.S. last December on drug trafficking offenses, Reuters reported.
The Mexican president claimed the arrest of the Luna — who had also led an attack on drug gangs in the country — proved that corruption was prevalent in past Mexican governments.