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During the last week in January, Senator Grassley wrote to ATF, reporting allegations that ATF had sanctioned the sale of assault weapons to suspected straw purchasers and that these weapons were used in the killing of Customs and Border Protection Brian Terry. The Department has sent a written response to Senator Grasslev, advisir.g him that these allegations ATF representatives in the near future about Project Gunrunner further response to his requests, we expect to schedule a briefing by appropriate and other Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee law enforcement Agent In are nct true.

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Your welcome. Have a nice weekend.

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Sent: Fri Feb 04 00:14:28 2011 SUbje~. t: R' rassley letter--two I agre~dits: With respect t~lid points:

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1). We made clear in the press release and during the press conference that this investigation took down leaders of a sophisticated gun trafficking organization. And, more importantly, its reflective in the Indictment' layout of the counts. 2). Re: the "sanction" section, your confusion and effort for clarification are legit Here is what we initially proposed and stand by:

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An eventually indicted defendant bought the guns traced to the Terry murder scene -- prior to the investigation, without ATF knowledge, and not discovered til at least 3 days after the purchase. Grassley is wrong and at best imposing an unobtainable standard on ATF. Thanks. By the way:

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Billy' ••••• n,anks for your patience with this letter. I know everyone is anxious to get the response to Grassley, and i am sorry we couldn't getthe final green light today. When read the draft letter with "fresh eyes" this afternoon, however, they flagged two issues they were hoping we could address: First (and perhaps easiest}, they want to make sure that the description of the defendants in the letter tracks (and goes no further than) what we have said publicly, whether it be in the indictment, hearing. Below is the current description of the defendants: in press releases, or at a detention

"[TJhe defendants named in the indictments described in recent press reports include individuals alleged to be members, jf not leaders, of a sophisticated gun trafficking organization."

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As an aside -thanks for the cool hand. You're a natural leader. The men and woman are lucky you've stayed the course.

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I have reached out (0 with Grassley. While they are pleased we intend to provide a written response and look forward to a Gunrunner briefing, they really want the letter tomorrow with a date certain for the briefing. The Senator is getting heat from the Press which will only escalate tomorrow (the deadline).

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