"There may be valid questions that need to be answered down the road, but there is still an important law enforcement function that we serve," Todd Jones said. "The agency is a very resilient organization."
In a TV exclusive, Jones said he could not answer questions about Fast and Furious because he was not part of the ATF when the operation was underway.
"It didn't happen on my watch so I don't have all the details," he said. Jones is the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota and continues in that role as he serves as ATF Acting Director.
An inspector general's report on Fast and Furious is expected to be released within a few weeks.
A gun found at the murder site of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was tracked back to the Fast and Furious operation.
Jones, who was in town to meet with local agents, also met with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Thursday afternoon. Jones said before the meeting that he would pledge to help local police fight violence.
"The ATF stands ready to work with state and local partners in any way possible," he said. "I will see what we can do in these very resource strained times to help the DPD and the local law enforcement with tempering down any potential spike in gang and gun violence here in Denver."
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