Obrador speculated that the probe could uncover criminality from officials in Mexico and the United States.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as AMLO, has requested information from the U.S. government on former President Barack Obama’s “Fast and Furious” illegal gun running scheme where the Obama administration allegedly instructed gun store owners to break the law and sell firearms to suspected criminals.
Obrador urged on Friday that “the United States to shed light on a gun-running sting that caused bilateral friction under the Obama presidency,” Reuters reported. “Setting out to stop cross-border gun smuggling, the U.S. scheme allowed people to illegally buy arms in the United States and take them to Mexico so that the weapons could be tracked and lead law enforcement officials to drug cartel bosses.”
“How could this be?” Obrador said at a news conference. “A government that invades in this way, that flagrantly violates sovereignty, international laws.”
Obrador brought up the illegal gun running scheme, which was tied to the deaths of U.S. federal agents during the Obama administration, during a press conference while “discussing the case of Genaro Garcia Luna, Mexico’s security minister from 2006-12, who was arrested in the United States in December and charged with drug-trafficking offenses,” Reuters added. “Roberta Jacobson, a former American ambassador to Mexico appointed under U.S. President Barack Obama, had suggested both governments knew about possible corruption by Garcia Luna in an interview with Mexican magazine Proceso published at the weekend.”