ATF Fast and Furious investigation: Congress tells FBI: clarify evidence in Brian Terry murder

WASHINGTON- Today, members of Congress investigating the Fast and Furious "gunwalker" scandal asked the FBI to clear up questions about evidence at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Terry was gunned down in Arizona near the Mexican border Dec. 14, 2010. Two weapons recovered at the scene traced back to the ATF Fast and Furious operation in which agents were told to let thousands of weapons be sold to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels. The FBI has been investigating the murder for the past ten months.

In a lengthy letter directed to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed to inconsistencies in reports of how many weapons and suspects were involved, as well as their current whereabouts. The letter refers to evidence indicating there may have been five suspects in the group that shot Brian Terry, and as many as five rifles.

Sen. Grassley's staff raised the possibility of a "missing" third gun in his Feb. 16 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. Last Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation, Rep. Issa stated that colleagues of deceased Agent Terry told his mother there was a third weapon, and that a federal agent had referred to a third weapon in secret recordings about the case.

The FBI has stated that it recovered two, and only two guns. However, neither was a conclusive match to the bullet that murdered Terry.

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    Sharyl Attkisson is a CBS News investigative correspondent based in Washington.

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