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WITH INSPECTOR GENERAL AS WITNESS
by Sharon Rondeau
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Early reports on Wednesday reviewing the report generated by the Inspector General on the Fast & Furious operation which allowed guns to “walk” to Mexican drug cartel members and other criminals stated that Attorney General Eric Holder was “cleared” of wrongdoing in the matter, but House Republicans filed a civil lawsuit in mid-August on a contempt of Congress charge in U.S. District Court.
The Inspector General’s report, however, was highly critical of the way in which ATF and some DOJ officials conducted the program, including a lack of oversight, citing “serious failures in leadership.” One DOJ employee described as a “key Holder deputy” resigned as the report was issued, with an ATF agent filing for retirement at the same time.
Michael Horowitz, the Inspector General, indicated that numerous individuals employed by the DOJ during the time that Fast & Furious was operating declined to be interviewed.
Is Issa’s job finished, or is more investigation needed? Issa issued a statement that the “work is not yet done.”
The Daily Caller and The Post & Email both stated that the Inspector General’s report totaled 512 pages, while other media, including the Oversight and Government Reform Commiteee, reported that it contained 471 pages.
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