In June, ATF Agent Vince Cefalu, who helped to publicize Fast and Furious, was served with termination papers, in a move by the agency he described as politically motivated retaliation. Weich said claims " As they later told the DOJ OIG, their previous experience was that after they reported a suspected straw to ATF, they did not see the straw again unless subpoenaed to testify against the straw at trial. But the more significant busts never come. They included former Attorney General Michael B. That's one interpretation.
According to prosecutors, he bought 27 AKs, and his recruits bought dozens more. The Justice Department's Criminal Division head Lanny Breuer , an Obama administration presidential appointee, was cited for not alerting his bosses in to the flaws of Operation Wide Receiver.
But according to Dodson, they watched guns being bought illegally and stashed on a daily basis, while their supervisors, including David Voth and Hope MacAllister, prevented the agents from intervening. The report criticized him for not alerting Mr.
The report states: "We found it troubling that a case of this magnitude and that affected Mexico so significantly was not directly briefed to the Attorney General. He remarked that the tactic is unacceptable, and that the operation was "flawed in its concept and flawed in its execution". He also stated, "There may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made, and if that's the case then we'll find out and we'll hold somebody accountable. In a letter to Congressional leaders, Assistant Attorney General Peter Kadzik, head of the Justice Department's legislative affairs office, wrote, "ATF and the department deeply regret that firearms associated with Operation Fast and Furious have been used by criminals in the commission of violent crimes, particularly crimes resulting in the deaths of civilians and law enforcement officials. He focused in particular on the wiretap applications signed by Mr. The ATF denied that the firing was retaliation, and Cefalu's termination letter noted that he leaked documents to the Internet and showed a "lack of candor" in other operations.
I director James Comey. He also essentially declared himself to have been vindicated. When they fired non-lethal beanbag guns, the suspects responded with their own weapons, leading to a firefight. The problem for both sides is that when Horowitz actually does announce his appraisal it will be grounded in facts and reality.
Many states supplement these federal statutes and have firearms laws of their own that are stricter. Darrell Issa, who pushed for the contempt vote against Holder as chairman of the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee, the report shows "widespread failures" and "a near-total disregard for public safety. But the portrait the report paints of Holder's management is deeply disturbing. Those agencies "ignored warnings from employees" and refused to acknowledge how bad the problem was until after months of congressional pressure, he said. Senator Grassley expressed concern that the Justice Department was using Burke as a scapegoat to protect higher officials and vowed to continue his probe. At that time, the ATF was also aware of of those weapons being found at crime scenes in Mexico, and in the United States.
Todd Jones, meanwhile, said his agency "accepts full responsibility" for failing to oversee the Arizona probes.
Senator Jon Cornyn Republican, Texas asked: "Today's report contains page after page of redacted information and does not reflect well on an administration that pledged to be the most transparent in US history. The House took the issue to court, where it is expected to linger until well beyond November's presidential election.
Senator Grassley expressed concern that the Justice Department was using Burke as a scapegoat to protect higher officials and vowed to continue his probe.
They decided on a strategy to identify and eliminate entire arms trafficking networks rather than low-level buyers. In March, he was hired as a confidential informant working with the ATF's Tucson office, part of their Phoenix, Arizona field division. The inspector general's report concludes that they can find no evidence Holder knew about Fast and Furious until well after Terry's death, but … well, the circumstances of Holder being so out of the loop, so in the dark about a major operation certainly appear unusual, perhaps to the point of straining credulity. The ATF informed the Mexican government when the suspects successfully crossed the border, but Mexican law enforcement were unable to track them. Horowitz, whose office had access to tens of thousands of documents that were not made available to Congressional investigators. The inspector general agreed.