Republicans criticize U.S. probe of Mexico gun sting

Reuters, 9/21/11

A U.S. Justice Department investigation into a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels was criticized by two senior Republican lawmakers who questioned its objectivity and independence.

In a letter released on Wednesday to Acting Justice Department Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar, they expressed deep concern over her decision to turn over to U.S. prosecutors in Arizona audio recordings obtained during her investigation.

Representative Darrell Issa, head of the House Oversight Committee, and Charles Grassley, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Schnedar apparently did not consider the significant harm caused by giving the recordings to those under investigation.

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