At a lengthy hearing on ATF`s controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O`Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O`Reilly is unclear and wasn`t fully explored at the hearing.
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