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Report: ATF Officials in Phoenix Responsible for Fast and Furious

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A federal report on the controversial gun-walking operation, Fast and Furious, places much of the blame on the program on the Phoenix office of the ATF, CBS News reports.

The report by the Inspector General, which is expected to be released in a few weeks, shows a divide between the Phoenix office and their supervisors at ATF headquarters and the Justice Department, according to CBS News, which interviewed peopled familiar with the case.

Those most responsible, according to the report, are then-Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, agent Hope MacAllister and group servitor David Voth.

Phoenix-based authorities said they knew nothing was wrong because they had the blessings of headquarters and the Justice Department – both of which were notified of the investigation during briefings.

Superiors, however, said they never wanted agents to allow guns to walk, according to CBS News.

One of the guns was found later at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

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