Eric Holder Cleared in OIG Report on Fast and Furious

The Office of Inspector General released a 451 page report today on Fast and Furious. It specifically clears Attorney General Eric Holder of wrongdoing.

We determined that Attorney General Holder did not learn about Operation Fast and Furious until late January or early February 2011 and was not aware of allegations of “gun walking” in the investigation until February. We found no evidence that Department or ATF staff informed the Attorney General about Operation Wide Receiver or Operation Fast and Furious prior to 2011. We concluded that the Attorney General’s Deputy Chief of Staff, the Acting Deputy Attorney General, and the leadership of the Criminal Division failed to alert the Attorney General to significant information about or flaws in those investigations.

Holder's public statement on the report is here.

Some others didn't fare so well. [More....]

Holder said today:

“First, Kenneth Melson, the former Acting Director at ATF, has retired from the Department, effective immediately.... I have accepted the resignation of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, a longtime career prosecutor who most recently served in the Criminal Division where he led our violent and organized crime, computer crimes and intellectual property enforcement efforts.

....those individuals within ATF and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, whom the OIG report found to have been responsible for designing, implementing or supervising Operation Fast and Furious have been referred to the appropriate entities for review and consideration of potential personnel actions.

Holder describes the report's findings:

  • The inappropriate strategy and tactics employed were field-driven and date back to 2006;
  • The leadership of the Department did not know about or authorize the use of the flawed strategy and tactics; and
  • The Department’s leadership did not attempt to cover up information or mislead Congress about it.

Holder obliquely refers to the Republican gamesmanship involved:

“It is unfortunate that some were so quick to make baseless accusations before they possessed the facts about these operations – accusations that turned out to be without foundation and that have caused a great deal of unnecessary harm and confusion. I hope today’s report acts as a reminder of the dangers of adopting as fact unsubstantiated conclusions before an investigation of the circumstances is completed.

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    Time for an apology from Darrel Issa (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by shoephone on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:35:50 PM EST
    over his false castigation of Holder. (I won't be holding my breath.)

    Issa (none / 0) (#5)
    by Ga6thDem on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 08:10:33 PM EST
    is another one who's doing a great job at destroying the GOP. Hey, I could care less but you would think republicans would care.

    I think today's Republicans believe (5.00 / 2) (#9)
    by Militarytracy on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:30:15 AM EST
    This is governing.  It isn't about policy, it is about getting your hate on.

    I think (5.00 / 2) (#12)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 09:02:17 AM EST
    their problem is they are so anti-government that they simply cannot govern.

    I Think... (5.00 / 3) (#14)
    by ScottW714 on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 10:34:36 AM EST
    ...the rhetoric about the world ending and socialism and all that is leaving them no room to be sane.

    You can't act like electing Obama is going to end life as we know it, then take any position that is similar, even the ones in the past they liked.  So they end up taking the opposing everything leaving them with a bunch of really bad policies.

    They are even tried to diss Afghanistan at their convention, never mind they created it or that they have never found a war they didn't love.  At this rate, and Obama's right leanings, they just might go so far off the grid that they start backing liberal policies, like ending Afghanistan.


    People are still voting for these clowns; (5.00 / 1) (#11)
    by Anne on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:30:31 AM EST
    as long as that's the case, there will always be a GOP.

    There's a lot of stuff I'll never understand, like how people can actually support someone like Darrell Issa; it makes no sense to me AT ALL.


    It's easy Anne (none / 0) (#13)
    by Ga6thDem on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 09:04:02 AM EST
    The GOP is either a cult or a religion to these people. The fact that what they talk about doesn't make does not compute. It's like talking to a moonie.

    Maybe Republican voters care (none / 0) (#6)
    by shoephone on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:25:16 PM EST
    I don't know. But the Republican politicians are on a bender. They seem to be on a mission to self-destruct.

    "Cleared"... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by kdog on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:16:42 PM EST
    by having his head up his arse...heckuva job Eric.

    If the AG wants to be ahead of the curve next time, he should begin a top to bottom fine tooth comb review of all the agencies under his umbrella, because "inappropriate" and "flawed"  tactics are f*ckin' epidemic in federal law enforcement (news flash!).  But I'm guessing he's cool with that as long as Brand R ain't making hay...delegated outta sight outta mind.

    As a taxpayer (5.00 / 1) (#4)
    by Repack Rider on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 06:57:48 PM EST
    I want to know how much we spent on this, and what exact benefit the taxpayers got for the money.

    A couple of months ago I called Issa's office and asked the staffer directly, what was the desired result of the investigation, since it was clear Holder was going to stay at Justice?

    The answer boiled down to getting a couple of people I had never heard of fired.

    So I asked, why investigate this obscure crime, when Holder himself had already stated that he would not prosecute the CIA torturers?  Why didn't Issa go after Holder on this slam dunk?  DOESN'T EVERYBODY WANT TORTURERS IN PRISON?

    Apparently not.

    I'm so relieved. (5.00 / 2) (#8)
    by Mr Natural on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 07:12:53 AM EST
    It's good to know that those in charge of our governments vast array of overarmed sociopaths are blissfully innocent and ignorant, like thousands of pinheaded angels dancing on the Constitution.

    F*ckin' A man... (none / 0) (#10)
    by kdog on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 08:23:24 AM EST
    rejoicing egg on the hack Issa's face while the police state goes rogue....I don't get it, I don't get it all.  

    While everyone forgets it's about DRUGS (5.00 / 1) (#15)
    by SeeEmDee on Thu Sep 20, 2012 at 01:45:40 PM EST
    Namely, that the Mex cartels wouldn't be buying guns if the drugs they were selling were legal, again. The politics is secondary, and always was.

    And it goes to show that the national Parties couldn't really give a damn about illegal drugs; it's all window dressing and posturing in front of Potemkin Villages for the sake of their respective 'base' to score points off each other, while the murdering and the money-laundering goes on unabated.

    Don't you get it? (none / 0) (#2)
    by NYShooter on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 05:48:39 PM EST
    In their "make your own reality" world this proves Holder is guilty as charged.

    And another thing... (none / 0) (#7)
    by unitron on Wed Sep 19, 2012 at 11:40:49 PM EST
    I forget if it was Clarence Page or Eugene Robinson who had a column pointing out that the Bush administration did the same thing as F&F, with the same disastrous results (except for the death of a border patrol agent), and then they did it a second time with equally disastrous results.

    But you never heard about that.