PHOENIX (AP) - Sen. John McCain is asking a Senate committee for
a hearing about a controversial federal operation that allowed more
than 2,000 high-powered weapons to flow into Mexico.
McCain on Wednesday asked the Homeland Security & Governmental
Affairs Committee for a hearing as soon as possible on the
operation, known as "Fast and Furious."
McCain, a member of the committee, wrote in a letter that the
panel must "ensure further damage from this operation does not
Fast and Furious was a 2009 operation by the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency allowed the weapons to
reach Mexico from the U.S., which they said was part of an effort
to go after drug cartel leaders.
Hearings about the operation have been held in the U.S. House.