IG report on Fast & Furious will come in “weeks and not months”

posted at 10:41 am on July 26, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The next shoe to drop in the case of Operation Fast and Furious may not fall in federal court, where the House will attempt to force Attorney General Eric Holder to cough up documents under subpoena for almost a year now in a civil contempt case.  It may come from inside the Department of Justice itself.  Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) met with the DoJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who told them his report is almost finished:

“He said weeks and not months,” said Rep. Gowdy referring to the timeline IG Horowitz gave him and Chaffetz as to when the IG’s report on Fast and Furious will be released to Congress.

Horowitz’s report is expected to show how the controversial gun walking operation failed and who ultimately authorized decisions behind the program. Attorney General Eric Holder has already been held in contempt by the House for failing to comply with a House Oversight Committee subpoena that required the Justice Department to supply Congress with thousands of documents relating to the Fast and Furious investigation.

Of course, no one is sure what the report will actually say.  Presumably, an IG can access the documents that House Oversight chair Darrell Issa subpoenaed last October.  If so, then we should know exactly how high up the decisions went on OF&F, and at the least, we could get an idea of how many people were involved in presenting false testimony to Congress last year.

On the other hand, if the IG couldn’t access those documents, then we’re pretty much at the status quo — but that’s not necessarily all bad.  Gowdy told The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket that he has no idea what to expect from the report.  Even if it’s inconclusive and incomplete, though, the completion of the IG investigation gives Holder and the Obama administration less cover to keep Oversight from accessing the internal DoJ documents.  They can no longer complain that the House investigation is interfering with an ongoing DoJ probe.  That will put some pressure on the court to take the executive privilege claim even less seriously than they might otherwise treat it.


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“Weeks not months”

Want to bet that means 15 weeks not three and a half months?

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Somebody should alert the media so that they can provide in depth coverage of this development…oh wait

workingclass artist on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Horowitz will die of a “heart attack” before those documents ever see the light of day. Count on it.

nobar on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

What did you know?

And when did you know it?

pain train on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

“weeks and not months”

Forgive me if that phrase causes me to break out in hives. Last time I remember hearing a derivative of it was “days, not weeks”.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

finally, a thread that doesn’t involve a restaurant that doesn’t sell chicken sandwiches!

GhoulAid on July 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

(Drum Roll)

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

(Rim Shot)

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

This will show nothing, we will have to wait for the court battle to began ……..

angrymike on July 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

DoJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz

I hope he has a food taster. He’s a brave guy.

faraway on July 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

the DoJ’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who told them his report is almost finished

LOL. Yes, the IG picked by Holder to investigate F&F is going to release his report just before the election. Quelle surprise.

Does anyone really doubt that he found no wrongdoing whatsoever by Holder or any of his deputies?

AZCoyote on July 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

“He said weeks and not months,”

I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high. Bear in mind this is the same language the head of the same Justice Department used to describe the year-and-a-half after he found out about Fast and Furious.

logis on July 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Began=begin

angrymike on July 26, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Weeks not months… I’m not impressed.

You should read some of the BS I produced in college for those term papers, under the pressure of a deadline.

socalcon on July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

finally, a thread that doesn’t involve a restaurant that doesn’t sell chicken sandwiches!

GhoulAid on July 26, 2012 at 10:46 AM

A really fowl move by HA !

Sandybourne on July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So a report consisting of 4,000 documents which are 90% blacked-out for national security reasons.

Bishop on July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So the IG’s job is to find whatever might be incriminating so that the DOJ can cover it up before they respond to Congress?

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

In 103 days?

Oil Can on July 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

…I don’t think it will be clear as to where “the Buck Stops”…

KOOLAID2 on July 26, 2012 at 10:51 AM

So the purchase order for whitewash finally came through?

GarandFan on July 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Does anyone know if Issa went to court yet? He said he was going to do it the Monday after the July 4th break. He said that would give the DOJ 8 days to produce the documents if they were going to.

Night Owl on July 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

ABCBSNBCNNYT:

“Fast & Furious” now on Blueray!!!

portlandon on July 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

So the purchase order for whitewash finally came through?

GarandFan on July 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

It had to be approved by the GSA….

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Does anyone really believe that Holder is going to give up anything? Or the people who insist that “He must resign!” These people are not going to just give up.

search4truth on July 26, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I just don’t think I can trust an IG report on the DOJ coming from within the DOJ. Especially this DOJ.

Voter from WA State on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Dittos.

petefrt on July 26, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Just remember that Barack Hussein Obama may be a felon for authorizing Fast & Furious.

Galt2009 on July 26, 2012 at 11:02 AM

The IG won’t come up with anything meaningful. He doesn’t want to die suddenly of natural causes.

The Rogue Tomato on July 26, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Remember, IGs who don’t shill for Obama/Holder are fired… like Gerald Walpin who investigated AmeriCorps’s favorite scandal-plagued mayor: Friend of the Obamas Kevin Johnson

DANEgerus on July 26, 2012 at 11:05 AM

C’mon. This will be a whitewash. If Holder/Obama thought the IG was going to do a real investigation and report, he would have been canned a long time ago.

Monkeytoe on July 26, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Where is Kevin O’Reilly?

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

I’m skeptical. This shoe that will drop will probably do so with the sound of a house slipper rather than a marchin’ shoe.

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 11:10 AM

“Weeks not months”

Want to bet that means 15 weeks not three and a half months?

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Our intervention in Lybia?

slickwillie2001 on July 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I just don’t think I can trust an IG report on the DOJ coming from within the DOJ. Especially this DOJ.

Voter from WA State on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I agree. I fully expect the report will say whatever Holder wants it to say.

magicbeans on July 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Holder and Co refused to comply with Congressional subpoenas, provided false testimony, exercised 5th amendment rights, and hid behind Presidential privilege. What makes anyone believe they would treat the IG any differently. This is just another tactic to delay.

antipc on July 26, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Why would anyone trust the IG of a crooked department? I’ll wait for the report, but I don’t expect much.

woodNfish on July 26, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Where is Kevin O’Reilly?

Flora Duh on July 26, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Wonder if he’s sharing quarters with Jimmy Hoffa.

Bitter Clinger on July 26, 2012 at 11:15 AM

There is nothing in the report. Watch.
There is no way someone in the DOJ says anything bad about the DOJ.
This is a joke.

ORconservative on July 26, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Conclusion:
a rouge operation coming out of Arizona, did not involve anyone in DC.

I’m not betting on it being anything more than a whitewash.

rbj on July 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM

I smell another John Roberts.

fossten on July 26, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Horowitz’s report is expected to show how the controversial gun walking operation failed and who ultimately authorized decisions behind the program.

Bullsh!t! The operation was a stunning success. It got guns into the hands of killers that used, and continue to use, them. 200+ people are dead including a federal border patrol agent, Brian Terry. Those were the most walking-est guns around. I’d be surprised if the ATF didn’t train the cartels how to better use the sights and such….FFS!

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 11:24 AM

May I issue my cynical MEH! right now?

ted c on July 26, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Does anyone really doubt that he found no wrongdoing whatsoever by Holder or any of his deputies?

AZCoyote on July 26, 2012 at 10:48 AM

A very delicate ballet, indeed. The report has to show just enough so sincerity/integrity won’t be questioned, yet leave the damming stuff hidden. It’s an art form.

a capella on July 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM

The problem here is that the person running the IG investigation is a holder lackey herself.

For the Department of Justice and the Fast & Furious investigation, that Inspector General would be Cynthia A. Schnedar.

As it turns out, however, Katie Pavlich, author of the book “Fast and Furious,” notes that Holder and Schnedar have connections that go back a long way. While Holder worked as a U.S. Attorney in Washington from 1994 through 1997, she was the Assistant U.S. Attorney, reporting to Holder. In other words, Holder was Schnedar’s boss. They also worked on legal briefs together, and filed over a dozen such briefs together during that period.

Full Story

Does the corruption in this administration ever end, and will the dinosaur media ever report it?

MaaddMaaxx on July 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

The media will probably cover this report extensively because it will exonerate Holder and the President. No way Obama and Holder would give up any of the smoking gun documents to an investigator who is going to release a report before the election.

Wigglesworth on July 26, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Next shoe to drop ?

Look, it doesn’t matter whether its a shoe, a tree, or even classified CIA/military data that drops or falls in the woods.

The media isn’t hearing ANYTHING. Zip-Zero-Nada.

Ocommie could get away clean with a Watergate moment (and probably is) between now and November 6. It will never see the front page.

Remember, “If you love me, you’ll look the other way”……….

FlaMurph on July 26, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Where is Kevin O’Reilly?

Last I heard Ensign Kevin O’Reilly was on the Star Ship Enterprise as a Helmsman on the Bridge….Episode The Naked Time and The Conscience of the King.

logicman_1998 on July 26, 2012 at 11:52 AM

I just don’t think I can trust an IG report on the DOJ coming from within the DOJ. Especially this DOJ.

Voter from WA State on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I’m not sure. I have a good friend who’s an investigator in the DoJ IG’s office. He’s retired Secret Service and has no love whatsoever for DoJ. He’s been part of the F&F investigation and, while he has not, nor would he ever, share details he’s said that we won’t believe the politicization of DoJ and the political involvement in F&F that’s going to come out in the end. So stay tuned.

Trafalgar on July 26, 2012 at 11:57 AM

I expect nothing more than white-washing and lies from this administration. I’m sure they will not disappoint.

Wolfmoon on July 26, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Does the corruption in this administration ever end, and will the dinosaur media ever report it?

MaaddMaaxx on July 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

No.

ghostwalker1 on July 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I just don’t think I can trust an IG report on the DOJ coming from within the DOJ. Especially this DOJ.

Voter from WA State on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

ding ding ding….winner right from the start

cmsinaz on July 26, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Nothing illegal there; no need to report on it, don’t want to educate and scare the nipple suckers. After all, it’s just Herr Commandant cleaning up the new Republic of USA from all those nasty high powered guns that those fly overs cling to.

O-Bambi and his ilk, what a waste of human flesh!

mrmagoo on July 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Am I doing something wrong, here let me ask myself….no, I am not doing anything wrong…

right2bright on July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM

“Weeks not months”

Want to bet that means 15 weeks not three and a half months?

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM

So the IG’s job is to find whatever might be incriminating so that the DOJ can cover it up before they respond to Congress?

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:50 AM

So the purchase order for whitewash finally came through?
GarandFan on July 26, 2012 at 10:53 AM

It had to be approved by the GSA….

oldroy on July 26, 2012 at 10:55 AM

You’re on a roll!

The problem here is that the person running the IG investigation is a holder lackey herself.

For the Department of Justice and the Fast & Furious investigation, that Inspector General would be Cynthia A. Schnedar.

As it turns out, however, Katie Pavlich, author of the book “Fast and Furious,” notes that Holder and Schnedar have connections that go back a long way. While Holder worked as a U.S. Attorney in Washington from 1994 through 1997, she was the Assistant U.S. Attorney, reporting to Holder. In other words, Holder was Schnedar’s boss. They also worked on legal briefs together, and filed over a dozen such briefs together during that period.

Full Story

Does the corruption in this administration ever end, and will the dinosaur media ever report it?

MaaddMaaxx on July 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Good catch with that Doug Hagmann story and link. With her career past, she will not likely serve Holder up . . . or any other political appointee, for that matter.

Hopefully, Issa has a few documentary “revelations” he has not thrown at them yet, sitting comfortably in his back pocket. When her report comes up small — and it will — he should toss ‘em right in their laps.

Trochilus on July 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Why is MItt not attacking 0 more on F&F??? I mean in ads…I understand that his focus is the economy and the ‘you didn’t build that’ OBama insanity moment helped tremendously, but am thinking of all those dem ads portraying romney as ‘secretive’ and asking questions on an ominous tone, like ‘what does mitt have to hide’, he can easily counteract them all with ads that point to the WH handling of the F&F, the executive order, in the context ‘what does Obama have to hide ‘ is a pretty good and effective Iine of attack as any other…

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

MaaddMaaxx on July 26, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Trochilus on July 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

Schnedar was the acting IG. She was dragging her feet when whe wasn’t actively tipping off the subjects of the investigation.

The present Inspector General is Michael E. Horowitz, who has held the post since 2012. Gowdy has more confidence in him than I do.

Also, the IG has no jurisdiction over attorneys in the DOJ. The Office of Professional Responsibility has jurisdiction over criminal or unethical conduct by the attorneys.

It is very hard for me to imagine that Holder and Obama would let the investigation be run by anyone they don’t control.

novaculus on July 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Hey Horowitz,

Nice family ya got there. Wouldn’t want to see something happen to them.

Sincerely,

Eric Holder

xrayiiis on July 26, 2012 at 2:50 PM

The Chicago way. You don’t see nutthin’ … if you know what’s good for you.
If there is even the remotest possibiliy of anything connecting Holder with F&F in this report and this is leaked to the WH via Cynthia Schnedar … I have a urgent message for Michael Howowitz: Mike, if you are ever invited to visit Ft. Marcy Park – Don’t Go!

And will the LSM pick up on the Holder and MF Global gigaripoff?
Yea, sure, about the time the neighbors Holsteins sprout wings.

Missilengr on July 26, 2012 at 2:56 PM

jimver on July 26, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Romney’s target is Obama, not Holder. He is on message with the economy and Obama’s latest dumb and revealing comment on “you didn’t build that.” In fact, Obama is getting really testy about it because he knows it is working against him! And testy is when a guy is likely to make more mistakes.

Romney isn’t going to suddenly switch gears and get drawn into a prolonged battle running ads against Holder, or spending a lot of time personally attacking him. The Congressional R’s are doing fine on that. Switching gears right now is exactly what Obama’s camp would like Romney to do.

Politically, it would actually work to Obama’s advantage if Romney suddenly started concentrating on that, particularly given the fact that Holder already made the public claim that all the attacks re: the whole F&F controversy are only being launched against him because he is a “surrogate” for Obama.

When you’ve got ‘em squawking in the red zone, you don’t just set up and kick a field goal until you run a few hard running plays at ‘em from scrimmage, or whatever else worked to get you there.

“It’s the economy, stupid!” And Obama’s demonstrable inability to either understand it, or to deal with it.

And by the way, few months ago, Romney did call for Holder to be fired by Obama.

Trochilus on July 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

novaculus on July 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Good comment. My mistake in relying on that point in the article. Thanks for pointing it out.

I don’t know why Gowdy has the faith in him that he does, but the jurisdictional issue you mentioned certainly does seems like a potential red flag when it comes to Holder acting on any findings — it could give him an “opportunity” to seek a further investigation, and try to buy more time.

Horowitz did receive a slew of strong letters of recommendation during his confirmation process.

Trochilus on July 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

(Drum Roll)

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

(Rim Shot)

Del Dolemonte on July 26, 2012 at 10:47 AM

I salute crr6!

[DRINK]

… because it takes a LOT of willpower to remain that stuck on stupid!

dominigan on July 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM

The Department of Injustice investigating the Department of Injustice, excuse me if I don’t get my hopes up to high. This whole administration is made up of lies, and the only way it can survive is by more lies. The only ones that believe justice will be served, still have their heads stuck in the sand. The present government consist of stupidity compounded by ignorance compounded by corruption. Heaven help us!

savage24 on July 26, 2012 at 4:35 PM

IG report on Fast & Furious will come in “weeks and not months”

Translation: “This report will be a total whitewash and we need it to help Obama get past this issue in November. Oh Hey Look a shiny object or squirrel or something.”

Sacramento on July 26, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The nation will wait with baited breath as the Justice Department investigated itself and found out that we should move on because there is nothing to see here? Now, will they turn over the documents because there IS NO LONGER an ongoing investigation?

Concerned_American on July 26, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Since the Roberts; infamous decision my confidence in the independence of SCOTUS, IG’s, etc isn’t there anymore.

Herb on July 26, 2012 at 10:03 PM