“More recovered Mexican crime guns highlight inequities, unanswered questions.”
Gun Rights Examiner investigative reporter David Codrea is asking questions no one else seems to want to about a central figure in the Fast & Furious gun running operation – an ATF supervisor who not only looked the other way, but enabled an untold number of weapons to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Meet Phoenix Field Division Group VII Supervisor David Voth, if not the mastermind of Fast & Furious, certainly the ATF employee who made sure it happened.
The Phoenix Field Division is the office from which Fast and Furious operations were conducted.
Voth was the supervisor who signed a letter instructing a dealer to complete a cash firearms transaction without Form 4473 paperwork, characterized by Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars as “startling proof that the Federal government did not merely ‘lose track’ of weapons purchased by ‘straw buyers’ under surveillance by the ATF and destined for the Mexican drug cartels. In an undercover operation ordered by Fast and Furious supervisor David Voth, the U.S. government purchased firearms with taxpayer money from licensed firearms dealers, instructed them to conduct the sales ‘off the books,’ and used an ATF agent, [whistleblower] John Dodson, to deliver them directly to people that Dodson believed were conducting them across the border.”
Voth is named as one of the defendant in the conspiracy and cover-up lawsuit filed by the parents of murdered ICE agent Jaime Zapata. He was a central figure portrayed as a victim in Katherine Eban’s since-debunked Fortune piece, and he’s someone who has yet to offer a compelling explanation for why a key suspect, who was stopped at the border with hidden ammunition in his vehicle, was let go.
So where is the investigation? Well, Voth was conveniently transferred to ATF HQ.
And according to Codrea, congressional investigation under Rep. Darrel Issa (R- CA) ”hasn’t shown much interest in following up on things of late, and the Republican leadership hardly seems inclined to encourage him to do so, for reasons we can only speculate.”