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The U.S. Border Patrol's union in Tucson released a statement Thursday afternoon, arguing that federal prosecutors are playing "politics" in trying to remove all mention of the federal government's gun-walking scandal from the upcoming murder trial of slain agent Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The statement comes in response to a story first reported by the News 4 Tucson Investigators about the government's efforts.

The statement reads:

"The first step in solving a problem is acknowledging that it exist [sic]. Ignoring the fact that Agent Terry was killed with weapons obtained through Fast and Furious is an insult to his family and to our Agents. Removing the mention of Fast and Furious smells of politics. Our  Agents and the family of Agent Terry deserve better.

Regardless of how these guns were obtained we have a dead Agent and people must be held accountable. Everyday Agents are assaulted, many go unreported because Agents feel that nothing will come of it.  Agent Terry gave his life to defend our nation and we owe it to him and his family to seek justice."

On Aug. 31, the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Diego filed a request with a U.S. District Court Judge to remove all references of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives flawed gunwalking program called Operation Fast and Furious. The ATF operation was supposed to track weapons from a gun store in Arizona to cartel gunmen in Mexico. Federal agents lost 1,400 guns, instead. Two of those rifles, AK-47 variants, turned up at the scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's murder in December 2010. Agents were re-assigned, the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke, resigned as a result, and congressional hearings led to contempt charges against then-U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

The FBI was never able to state whether the guns were used to actually kill Terry. The U.S. is arguing in court that it would be "irrelevant" to mention Fast and Furious in the upcoming murder trial.

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