Use of Confidential Informants at ATF and DEA, Hearing before the Committee on the Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, April 4, 2017   [open pdf - 640KB]

This is a testimony compilation of the April 4, 2017 hearing on "Use of Confidential Informants at ATF and DEA" held before the House Committee on the Oversight and Government Reform. From the opening statement of Michael Horowitz: "Department officials have acknowledged that there are risks involved with using informants because these individuals often have criminal backgrounds, and they often provide assistance or cooperation in exchange for cash or the prospect of a reduced criminal sentence rather than a desire to help law enforcement. The appropriate use of informants requires assessing the usefulness and credibility of the information and services they provide, and therefore requires significant oversight, attentive program management, and thorough guidance." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Michael Horowitz, Robert Patterson, and Ronald B Turk.

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