September 19, 2012

IG Report On Fast And Furious

One official has resigned and another has retired in the wake of a report published by the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General on the botched "Fast and Furious" gun walking operation that provided the weapons that killed U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Brian Terry.
A bombshell report released Wednesday on Operation Fast and Furious faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program and accused officials in charge of a "disregard" for public safety. In the wake of the report, one Justice Department official resigned and another retired.

The sprawling report by the department's inspector general is the most comprehensive account yet on the deadly operation which allowed weapons to "walk" across the U.S.-Mexico border and resulted in hundreds of firearms turning up at crime scenes in both countries.

The report says Attorney General Eric Holder was not made aware of potential flaws in the program until February of last year. But the report cites 14 other department employees -- including Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer -- for potential wrongdoing, recommending the department consider disciplinary action against them.

One congressional source told Fox News the report was "more brutal than was expected."

The report marked Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, as the highest-ranking DOJ employee in a position to stop the program. Weinstein, who disputes the findings, is resigning in the wake of the report.

Another official criticized for not asking enough questions about the Furious operation, former ATF acting director Kenneth Melson, retired after the report came down.

The nearly 500-page report was completed after investigators reviewed 100,000 documents and interviewed 130 people.


Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Do you think, just maybe, there's a little more to that story?

sig94 said...

Odie - I don't doubt that Holder was much more involved with this than they are letting on. I'll bet a lot of those emails are still on some server's hard drives - unread by anyone but the original recipient.