Texas Representative Ted Poe has been joined by the Governor of Colorado and other state leaders today urging the Obama administration to not drop investigations of Americans killed in Mexico.
“It has been nearly eight months since David Hartley was gunned down on Falcon Lake,” said Rep. Poe. “His wife Tiffany is still left with no answers about the death of her husband.”
“Mrs. Hartley is not alone,:” Poe continued. “Last year, 111 U.S. citizens were killed in Mexico, to this day none of those cases have been solved. “
“In many of these cases the Federal Government has abandoned the investigations leaving it up to the Mexican government to solve, no questions asked. It is past time that the American government stays on top of the Mexican government for solving the murders of our own citizens,” Poe added.
According to Judicial Watch, a group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, Governor John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Senators Mark Udall (D-CO) and Michael Bennett (D-CO) sent letters to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, urging them to help gain “closure and justice” for Tiffany Hartley.
Hartley’s husband David Hartley was killed on the Texas-Mexico border’s Falcon Lake on September 30, 2010 by why authorities think were Mexican drug cartel pirates.
The May 20, 2011 letters from Hickenlooper, Gardner, Udall and Bennett specially urged Attorney General Holder and Secretary of State Clinton to join their campaign on behalf of Mrs. Hartley.
“Despite all of these efforts, many questions remain outstanding, and we respectfully request you help resolve them…
“…While Ms. Hartley recognizes the complicated nature of this situation because it happened on the Texas/Mexico border, she has been unable to obtain any recent updates from the FBI regarding the progress of the case. Moreover, the inability to recover her husband’s remains has created numerous difficulties for Ms. Hartley because she cannot obtain a death certificate. She has sought help from the State Department, including the U.S. Consulate in Matamoros, regarding this issue, but has so far been unable to gain final closure.
“We request any additional assistance and information you can provide Ms. Hartley and her family in accordance with the law. Specifically, we request an update on the status of U.S. involvement in the investigation attention to the investigation of the murder of David Hartley.”
Gov. Hickenlooper and Rep. Gardner met with Mrs. Hartley. Sen. Udall and Sen. Bennett also reached out on behalf of the Hartley family.
Rep. Poe and Brian Bilbray of California held a Capitol Hill press conference on May 12, 2011, to bring attention to the investigation of the murder of David Hartley whose body has not been recovered.
Rep. Poe urged the Obama administration to reinvigorate this investigation to find David Hartley’s assassins and bring them to justice.
Judicial Watch has called on the Mexican Government and the Obama administration to thoroughly investigate the September 30, 2010, murder of David Hartley on Falcon Lake in Texas. Judicial Watch also launched an investigation of David Hartley’s murder, and is moving to identify and obtain all government records pertaining to the September shooting, including Obama administration communications with their Mexican counterparts, as well as law enforcement officials, Mexican military authorities, and others.
“Judicial Watch commends Gov. Hickenlooper, Sen. Udall, Sen. Bennett, and Rep. Gardner for acting to help Mrs. Hartley, who is owed a full and thorough investigation into the murder of her husband and deserves accountability from both the Mexican authorities and the Obama administration.” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “So far, it appears the pursuit of justice has been suppressed for political reasons on both sides of the border.”
“It’s shameful and wrong,” added Fittion. “Let’s hope Attorney General Holder and Secretary Clinton heed the bipartisan call for action and commit all available resources to solve this murder and bring those responsible to justice.”
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