Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar told The Daily Caller on Friday that he thinks former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney should help push for accountability in the aftermath of Operation Fast and Furious.
“I think he does [need to be more vocal],” Gosar said in a phone interview. “I think that people, as they find out about this, are outraged. I think Gov. Romney, with his platform of accountability, needs to bring this forward to explain what is wrong and why his administration won’t be anything like this, outlying the checks and balances that he sees and how the Department of Justice’s role is not a legislative one, it’s about enforcing the laws that are on the books not picking winners and losers.”
Romney has brought up Fast and Furious only twice during the current election cycle. In December, he demanded Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation over the scandal after initially balking at the question. In early April at the NRA convention Romney repeated that call and praised Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa for their work on Fast and Furious.
“I applaud Congressman Issa and Senator Grassley for their work in exposing the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal,” Romney said in April, according to prepared remarks. “And I applaud NRA leadership for being among the first and most vocal in calling upon Attorney General Holder to resign.”
Those two comments hardly scratch the surface of the scandal that may land Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement official, in contempt of Congress soon.
Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, overseen by Holder’s DOJ. It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who purchased guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else. (SEE ALSO: TheDC’s complete Fast and Furious coverage)
At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as were U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata. The identities of the Mexican victims are unknown. Many questions about this scandal remain unanswered as the White House and the Department of Justice have resisted talking about it.
The Romney campaign has resisted talking about it, too. Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul has not returned requests for comment from TheDC for months and the presumptive GOP presidential nominee hasn’t mentioned the scandal in about two months.