Led by Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, 10 Arizona sheriffs are calling for an investigation into what U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder knew about "Operation Fast and Furious," a gun-running operation that put weapons into the hands of violent drug cartels in Mexico.
...Babeu, an outspoken critic of the federal government's enforcement of immigration law, was joined outside the Arizona Capitol building Friday by the other sheriffs, representing nine of Arizona's 15 counties. Babeu called "Fast and Furious" a betrayal of state law enforcement. He said the issue is not partisan, but a public safety issue and that guns allowed into Mexico have been linked to dozens of crime scenes on both sides of the border.
"I want the truth, I want the truth from the attorney general, I want the truth from all of those people who are involved," Babeu said... If Holder is found to have lied about his knowledge of "Fast and Furious," he should resign, Babeu said.
Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever, whose county borders Mexico, said U.S. authorities are in a fight for our country, our Constitution and our very lives.
"While our own government is blaming America for exporting arms and cash south of the border, they're complicit," Dever said.
Babeu said "Fast and Furious" is no small scandal... "I believe that this is a much larger scandal than anything that took place in Watergate because off of this information has had to be dragged out through Congress," he said.
Babeu said 1,500 weapons remain unaccounted for and there's no doubt more bloodshed will occur.
Over 200 Mexican nationals and two American law enforcement officials are dead thanks to Eric Holder and Barack Obama.
And 1,500 weapons are still out there.