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Issa Statement on DOJ IGs Findings
Rep. Issa's office ^ | 9-19-12 | Rep. Issa

Posted on 09/19/2012 11:58:58 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, issued the following statement on Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings of widespread failures by both senior DOJ and ATF leaders in both Operation Fast and Furious and the Department of Justice’s false denials of reckless conduct to Congress. Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have led the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious following Justice Department denials of reckless conduct that were later retracted. Guns from the reckless program contributed to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and an unknown number of Mexican citizens. It also created an ongoing public safety hazard on both sides of the border.

“The Inspector General’s report confirms findings by Congress’ investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious. Contrary to the denials of the Attorney General and his political defenders in Congress, the investigation found that information in wiretap applications approved by senior Justice Department officials in Washington did contain red flags showing reckless tactics and faults Attorney General Eric Holder’s inner circle for their conduct.

“Former Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer who heads the Criminal Division, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, and Holder’s own Deputy Chief of Staff Monty Wilkinson are all singled out for criticism in the report. It’s time for President Obama to step in and provide accountability for officials at both the Department of Justice and ATF who failed to do their jobs. Attorney General Holder has clearly known about these unacceptable failures yet has failed to take appropriate action for over a year and a half.”

The Inspector General has indicated he will continue his investigation of matters related to Operation Fast and Furious, including retaliation against whistleblowers and an effort to have the Justice Department unseal wiretap applications sealed by courts that were approved by senior officials. The Congressional investigation will also continue to seek documents wrongfully withheld from Congress.

Inspector General Horowitz will testify on the findings of his investigation before the Oversight Committee tomorrow at 9:30 AM in 2157 Rayburn House Office building. The webcast of the hearing can be found here once the hearing begins.

The IG report’s conclusions fully support and expand the earlier findings by Congressional investigators of failures throughout the Department of Justice and ATF:


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; issa; obama

1 posted on 09/19/2012 11:59:03 AM PDT by Anti-Hillary
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To: Anti-Hillary
"The Inspector General’s report confirms findings by Congress’ investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious."

Coming soon to a commercial near you!

2 posted on 09/19/2012 12:04:14 PM PDT by In Maryland (Our rights come from nature and God, not government. - Paul Ryan)
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To: Anti-Hillary

halderman, erlichmann, mitchell and dean...

they had to go before they got to nixon...

the dominoes begin to topple today folks...

Chairman Issa, do not let up....


3 posted on 09/19/2012 12:04:14 PM PDT by joe fonebone (I am the 15%)
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To: Anti-Hillary
It’s time for President Obama to step in and provide accountability for officials at both the Department of Justice and ATF who failed to do their jobs. Attorney General Holder has clearly known about these unacceptable failures yet has failed to take appropriate action for over a year and a half.”

Cripes. Executive Privilege claimed.

4 posted on 09/19/2012 12:05:11 PM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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“The Inspector General’s report confirms findings by Congress’ investigation of a near total disregard for public safety in Operation Fast and Furious.

In a just country, 0bama and Holder would be arrested by Federal Marshals for this alone.

5 posted on 09/19/2012 12:06:53 PM PDT by backwoods-engineer (My game is disruption. I will use lethal force --my vote-- in self-defense against Obama.)
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To: Anti-Hillary

Add criminal Kathleen Sebellius to the list. She won’t even be reprimanded let alone prosecuted. This regime is UNACCOUNTABLE for anything. Americans want four more years of this? Oh, that’s right, the media isn’t reporting on things incriminating to 0bama, so the people are ill-informed.


6 posted on 09/19/2012 12:10:27 PM PDT by GeorgeWashingtonsGhost
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

BLACK is the new “transparent”.


7 posted on 09/19/2012 12:13:51 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (One way to make sure crime doesn't pay would be to let the government run it. Ronald Reagan)
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In fact I’m making that ^^^ my new tag line.


8 posted on 09/19/2012 12:15:19 PM PDT by Mich Patriot (BLACK is the new "transparent")
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To: GeorgeWashingtonsGhost

Ill informed hell! You can cite an obama voter page and verse and they still won’t believe it. Even without one iota of information, all anyone with enough intelligence to get in out of the rain, merely by looking around at what a wreck he has caused, one would know what obama is.


9 posted on 09/19/2012 12:15:44 PM PDT by sport
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Who started Fast & Furious?

Who signed off on it first?

Almost two years and they can't find that out? Fire them all for incompetence.

10 posted on 09/19/2012 2:04:59 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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Try as they may the MSM has failed. The Fast & Furious Report is the red meat that will push failed foreign policy off the front page...just as the details of the details about lax security emerge.


11 posted on 09/19/2012 3:11:29 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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