Sen. John McCain has requested a congressional hearing on a much-maligned gun trafficking investigation led by the ATF.
Up until recently, two fellow Republican legislators - Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. - have led the congressional inquiries into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Fast and Furious" operation.
In a letter sent Wednesday, McCain said additional information released about the operation last week warrants a hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, of which McCain is a member.
"The committee should hold a meeting as soon as possible to examine these new revelations and determine what additional measures are needed to help prevent this type of malfeasance from occurring again," McCain wrote in a letter to Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine.
The veteran Arizona senator is asking the committee to call U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the ATF's acting director, B. Todd Jones, as witnesses.
In "Fast and Furious," officials in Phoenix allowed guns to be bought by "straw purchasers" with the goal of busting high-level operatives in Mexico.
But officials admitted they had lost track of more than half of the 2,000-plus weapons in the operation.
If McCain's request is granted, it would not be the first congressional hearing about the operation.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has held two hearings on "Fast and Furious" - one on June 15 and the other on July 26.
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