Sen. Grassley: Knowledge of the connection between agent Terry's death and Fast and F
FACTThe Attorney General's Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson sent an email to U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke at 11: 18 am on December 14, 2010, the day before Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's death. The email had only a subject line: "You available for a call today?" On December 15 at 2: 14 am, Burke responded: "Sorry for going dark on you. I was at Navajo and Hopi all day and coverage was weak at best. I did get your vm. We have a major gun trafficking case connected to Mexico we are taking down in January. 20+ defendants. Will call today to explain in detail." Documents show that notice of Agent Terry's death was emailed to Burke an hour later, at 3: 31 am.According to emails produced by the Justice Department, Nathan Gray, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Phoenix Field Division, was at the press conference held that day to announce the death of Agent Terry, and was telling individuals there about the connection to Operation Fast and Furious. Thus, by the time Secretary Napolitano visited Arizona a few days later, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office were clearly aware of the connection.