The problem with the third weapon has been its availability. It seems to be missing. You'll recall that in one of the recordings between Lone Wolf Trading Company store owner Andre Howard and lead ATF case agent, Hope McAllister, the former makes reference to 'evidence' (presumably that third gun) being 'gone.' Here is the relevant portion of that transcript:
Dealer: Unfortunately a consequence occurred from a weapon shall we say that found its way into the wrong area ok and that was not anticipated. Nobody could foresee that that's collateral damage I think the term is. It happened. It's terrible. That's life ok we move on. Unfortunately, Mr. Dodson with his allegation is a pain in the a--. Now, my understanding now is it will be impossible now that he will be able to substantiate anything directly because that evidence is gone. I want you to know that. It don't exist. Not that one. You understand me?Very early on in this interview, Issa informs Bob Schieffer that the two guns from Lone Wolf found at Terry's murder scene were tagged as being weapon #2 and #3. Issa then lowers the boom by demanding to know where weapon #1 is. This is how lies never prevail. If the two guns that were found had been labeled #1 and #2, there would be a degree of plausible deniability on the part of the coverup artists. However, weapon #1 must necessarily exist because of this labeling.
We may be getting closer to identifying the weapon that was actually used to kill Border Patrol agent Terry. If weapon #1 was indeed that weapon and it's been hidden or otherwise disposed of, this scandal just got a whole lot bigger.
Another portion of this exchange that has GOT to have the Obama administration quaking in its collective boots is Issa's claim that he has plenty of evidence he's withholding. The fact that he was able to have a new piece of news about the guns being labeled serves as an indication that such a claim is true.
Take note of one other thing. Note that as Issa is talking to Schieffer, he has stacks of documents in front of him. After Schieffer was done discussing the case with both he and CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson, they went to the ranking member of the Oversight committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who did NOT appear with Issa but had his segment recorded earlier. You'll notice he has nothing in front of him. Cummings, a registered member of the Democratic Socialists of America caucus is in a very tight spot. The administration needs him to spin, which Cummings is more than willing to do, but that tack is becoming increasingly untenable; it's really making Cummings look like a fool. It'd really be nice to see a viable Tea Party candidate challenge Cummings in 2012. Fast and Furious could be a winner for whomever decides to do it.