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Tag: operation fast and furious

Former ATF Deputy Director Out Amid ‘Fast and Furious’ Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 William Hoover, the former deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, left the agency Tuesday in the aftermath of the botched gun-running investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, the Associated Press reports.

The agency’s No. 2 official from 2009 to 2011, Hoover was reassigned in October following questions about the botched probe, the AP reported.

A Republican investigation into the program concluded Hoover and four other were responsible for problems in the Arizona gun-smuggling sting.

Feds can’t account for about 1,400 illegally purchased weapons, according to the AP.

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IG Report on Fast and Furious Rumored to Be Coming Out in August

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I don’t often like to deal too much in conjecture, rumor or speculation, but in this case I will.

First off, the rumor circulating in Washington is that the Inspector General’s report on ATF’s failed Operation Fast and Furious will likely come out in August.

Who will get whacked?

Well, first off, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix will, including then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and some of his underlings.

So will William Newell, the head of ATF in Phoenix at the time, who helped lead the bone-headed operation that encouraged gun dealers to sell to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing the weapons to the Mexican cartels.  How Newell remains as an ATF employee is puzzling question.

Former ATF head Ken Melson and some of his underlings are likely to get a good spanking.

I’m speculating that the I.G. won’t place any blame at the feet of Attorney General Eric Holder or President Obama.

But Lanny Breuer, who heads up the Justice Department’s criminal division, could be the subject of some criticism.

In any event, I can’t wait for the report to come out. Ditto, I’m sure, for folks like Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley, some of ATF’s chief critics on the Hill.

 

Boehner: Republicans to Take Civil Action Against Obama’s Executive Privilege

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday that Republicans plan to file a civil suit to force the Justice Department to  release of more information on the botched ATF drug-running case known as Fast & Furious, ABC News reports.

The suit is the latest effort to force the release of related material after the Justice Department said it would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder, who was held in contempt of Congress last week for refusing to turn over the documents.

The Obama administration used executive privilege to block Congressional access to the records.

Criticism of AG Holder Nothing New in Brass-Knuckle Politics

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When Congress voted Thursday  to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, he became yet another attorney general entangled in a distracting crisis that is threatening his leadership, the New York Times reports.

The U.S. House threatened to hold the last Republican attorney general, Michael B. Mukasey, in contempt for withholding Justice Department documents.

His predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, resigned under pressure after the mass firings of federal prosecutors.  Before him, Attorney General John Ashcroft came under fire on accusations that he dismissed terrorism warnings prior to Sept. 11, 2001, the New York Times reported.

Rewind to Janet Reno, the attorney general who served under President Bill Clinton. She caught heavy criticism for refusing to appoint a special prosecutor to probe Democratic fundraising and was threatened with contempt by the Republican-led House oversight committee.

“It’s hard to think of a recent attorney general who’s had smooth sailing,” Dan Marcus, a law professor at American University who served as a senior Justice Department official during Ms. Reno’s battles, told the New York Times.

House Contempt Vote Possible Against AG Holder

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Update: Fox News reports that President Obama has granted an 11th-hour request by Attorney General Eric Holder to exert executive privilege over the release of  Fast and Furious documents.
 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Short of  last minute document dump, Fox News reports Republicans are poised to take a vote on a contempt resolution against  Atty. General Eric Holder.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, is leading the charge and wants to Holder held in contempt for failing to turn over documents in the bungled ATF Fast and Furious Operation.

The committee is likely to vote on the matter when it meets Wednesday morning.

Holder has denied that he or the White House has done anything wrong and has said that he’s being as cooperative as possible.

“I think the ball’s in their court,” Holder told reporter, according to the AP.

Holder said the documents will show he has nothing to hide.

ATF Whistleblower Expresses Disappointment With Probe

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal whistleblower in the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious says in an interview with Fox News he’s “disheartened and disappointed” by the follow-up investigations.

ATF Special Agent John Dodson said he’s frustrated with the government’s response to his February 2011 complaints, which revealed that ATF was encouraging gun dealers in Arizona to sell to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels. Some of those guns surfaced in crime scenes on both sides of the border.

Records show the ATF sent about 2,500 guns to a cartel as part of an investigation, and some of those weapons are believed to be responsible for the deaths of Mexicans and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, according to Fox News.

ATF Supervisors Blame Prosecutors in Fast and Furious

William Newell

By Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

The blame game continues in Operation Fast and Furious.

The latest: Two ATF managers — Bill Newell and David Voth — claim fed prosecutors blocked efforts to arrest gun runners or seize weapons before they crossed the border in Mexico, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

The controversial program has caused a stir in Washington.

ATF encouraged gun dealers in Arizona to sell to straw purchasers, all with the hopes of tracing the guns to the Mexican cartels.

ATF lost track of many of the weapons, some of which surfaced at crime scenes.

To read the full story click here.

 

Survey: ATF Rank and File Critical of Management

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ever since news surfaced of ATF’s highly-flawed Operation Fast and Furious, the agency has not only taken a hit in the public relations arena, but also in the area of morale.

Fox News reports that an internal survey shows that the men and women of the agency gave harsh marks to management.

“A key area in which ATF fell short was leadership,” an e-mail from ATF Headquarters, describing the results of the internal survey, reads, according to Fox.

The most troubling, according to Fox, was the question: “My senior leaders maintain high standards of honesty and integrity.”

Fox reported that 44 percent of ATF employees said that their leaders maintained such standards last year.

The survey was given by Partnership for Public Service, which administers surveys for government employees.

To read more click here.

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