DOJ F&F probe: “Pattern of serious failures,” 14 employees up for… sanctions

posted at 4:41 pm on September 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice has released a long-awaited 400 page report on their investigative findings concerning deadly gunwalking operation Fast & Furious, in which thousands of untraceable firearms were actively allowed to make their way into the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels. Try to contain your surprise if you can, but it seems that this internal probe of the DOJ, by the DOJ, while condemning the irresponsibility of certain players in the sternest terms, found “no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder was informed about Operation Fast and Furious, or learned about the tactics employed by ATF in the investigation.” But, of course, some heads had to roll, via the WSJ:

A Justice Department watchdog recommended that 14 employees be reviewed for possible sanctions in light of a “pattern of serious failures” at the department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released the more than 400-page report Wednesday, the most extensive review of the actions by federal officials in Arizona and Washington that led to the scandal.

Among his findings, he said that Attorney General Eric Holder wasn’t aware of the tactics being used in the operation until early 2011…

Mr. Horowitz faulted officials for “failure to adequately consider the risk to the public safety in the United States and Mexico.”

At least one DOJ official has already resigned, via Fox News:

Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division, is resigning in the wake of the Justice Department inspector general report on Fast and Furious. The report essentially concludes that he is the most senior department official who was in a position to stop Fast and Furious.

Here’s my question, though: If the above is really the long and short of it and Attorney General Eric Holder had no knowledge of Fast and Furious before the investigation got going… then still, why President Obama’s invocation of executive privilege on all those subpoenaed Fast & Furious-related documents? It’s not like this is a matter of national-security sensitivity. If it wasn’t to shield Holder personally, then it still seems that it was at Holder’s request in order to buy him some time to shield his shoddy management of his department, and merely helped to add authority to his uncooperative stonewalling of Congress’s attempt to get to the bottom of the obvious wrongdoing that went down here somewhere. Grossly inappropriate use of executive authority, to say the least? I find myself puzzled.

Here’s the hard-hitting response from House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, who spearheaded the Congressional investigation, via Katie Pavlich:

“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.”  Schmaler should be fired and Congress should investigate the cozy friendship between the Department of Justice and Media Matters immediately.


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This is honestly all you need to know about Fast and furious…

Speaker John Boehnor and Congressman Darryl Issa conspire to betray America.

SWalker on September 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

Come on Death Star! You have a target.

sauldalinsky on September 19, 2012 at 4:44 PM

This is an attempt to satisfy the outraged. It won’t work, at least not for me. How much more info is in the concealed documents that the IG couldn’t view?

The Rogue Tomato on September 19, 2012 at 4:45 PM

buy companies that specialize in washing the underside of buses.

teejk on September 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Thank you Issa and Grassley for being like a bull dog on this, but sorry to say NOT much will be gained to hold those actually accountable?

The bus rolls on and on and on with bho/team with this and other things for someone to have tire prints on them!
L

letget on September 19, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Looking forward to Issa questioning the Inspector General about his report on Fast and Furious in the Oversight Committee hearing tomorrow.

And to the angry old white man who lectured the empty chair’s new movie, Trouble With the Curve, the day after, on Friday, September 21st, at a theater near you (he plugged shamelessly).

de rigueur on September 19, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I think we can all safely presume that there will be a total news black-out on the part of the usual suspects. Maybe the NYT will find space on page 17, below the fold. I think we can also safely presume that any little snippets that do emerge into the full light of day will be labeled as racist hate speech directed at both Holder and Holder’s boss.

catsandbooks on September 19, 2012 at 4:49 PM

The use of the EP is interesting.
I assume that the IG did not get that info either.
Something stinks about this.

Jabberwock on September 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I want to see the hearing on the Report and I want to know what the families of agents Zapata and Terry have to say about it.

CoffeeLover on September 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Never ever ever is it the coach calling in the play. It is the players stepping on their coach untied shoelaces.

Limerick on September 19, 2012 at 4:50 PM

DOJ F&F probe: “Pattern of serious failures,” 14 employees up for… sanctions

…on a Saturday when they are not working…they will not be allowed to take their morning coffee break!

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Nah, they will be allowed to prove themselves with something simple like embassy security.

Limerick on September 19, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Front pages of yahoo, google, NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, PBS,,,

“Holder Cleared by Report”

Holding Holders Hand

HHH

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I have said it before and I’ll say it again.

The only reason Holder would lie to Congress would be to take the fall for a bigger fish.

The bigger fish is the president.

When all is said and done, this entire debacle will be laid at the feet of the president.

And Nixon will look like Washington in comparison.

turfmann on September 19, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Obama and Holder should be tried in criminal court not that Kangaroo committee…………Nothing less…….No fall guys.

lilium479 on September 19, 2012 at 4:54 PM

…on a Saturday when they are not working…they will not be allowed to take their morning coffee break!

KOOLAID2 on September 19, 2012 at 4:51 PM

So, I guess this means Erick Holder isn’t going to get that brand new orange jumpsuit, a room without a view, three hots and a cot, a fun loving new 350 lbs roommate named Budda who loves Pena-Colatas, long walks on the beach and surprise you’re my B.I.T.C.H now prison sex… How sad…

SWalker on September 19, 2012 at 4:55 PM

“Holder Cleared by Report”

For a long time, here I was, actually thinking that as AG, Eric Holder is responsible for the actions of the entire DOJ! My bad.

/sarc

shanimal on September 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Oh no…not sanctions! Dear Gaia anything but THAT!

Meanwhile, Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry are still dead.

Bishop on September 19, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Kevin O’Riley knows it all.

What will Kevin O’Riley do?

What will Holder, Obama, and Ms Clinton do about Kevin O’Riley.

Kevin is in a safe place a lot like where Ambasador Stevens was just days ago.

Safe in Iraq with the State Dept. for security???

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

As usual, us little proles are treated like idiots. This is the inevitable tossing the sacrificial lambs in front of the bus while Holder (and Obama) get away with literal murder. Again.

search4truth on September 19, 2012 at 4:59 PM

And who put the specific and very large line item funding for Gunwalker into the Stimulus Bill?

from Free Republic:

“Only time “gun” or “firearm” appears is in the part that give
$10,000,000 to the ATF for Project Gunrunner. That was H.R. 495, asking
for 15,000,000 for Gunrunner”.

H.R. 495 that I mentioned never made it out of committee, but it looks as it was to specifically fund Gunrunner.

Instead portions of it were rolled into the stimulus package a month later. That text found in H.R.1 is:

For an additional amount for ‘State and Local Law Enforcement
Assistance’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance
and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in
High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics
activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall
be transferred to ‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,
Salaries and Expenses’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.

Notice that’s $40,000,000 for Southern border enforcement,
$10,000,000 of which specifically for Project Gunrunner. What does $10
million pay for here?

2nd Ammendment Mother on September 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

Holder was in the room when Julio was sent to be re-educated. You don’t trust him? I dunno why.

Limerick on September 19, 2012 at 5:02 PM

They got their goats. It was all the fault of rogues on the ground in AZ who didn’t pass the info up the chain of command as well as those who should have done a better job overseeing the mission.

On FOX, at the end of the report, Obama was quoted as saying that he hoped that the investigation would stop with this report.

I bet he does.

Jvette on September 19, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Every last one of the msm hacks web sites.
“Holder Cleared By Report”

In the bag, jumped in the bag, tied the top themselves.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM

And Obama’s and Holder’s Operation Murder and Mendacity, their Rolling 9/11 against Mexican citizens, goes rolling along.

VorDaj on September 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM

If the above is really the long and short of it and Attorney General Eric Holder had no knowledge of Fast and Furious before the investigation got going

Then he needs to be fired for incompetence. That’s what they’re going with: Holder is incompetent, not criminal.

Not buying it.

rbj on September 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM

not criminal.

rbj on September 19, 2012 at 5:04 PM

spits on sidewalk.

Limerick on September 19, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Sanctions. Oooooh. That sounds really, really scary. What do they get – a light tap on the wrist while their boss sternly shakes his/her finger at them and tells them “now, don’t do this again, ok?”

An American died as a result of what they did. Sanctions my ass. They belong in jail.

natasha333 on September 19, 2012 at 5:07 PM

The Two Party Evil Money Cult in Washington D.C. may just be over playing their hand.

We pay them, it is our tax money, our labor, our lives, they do not own U.S..

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Erica…EDs tagline beneath the pic would have read……

Scapegoats……….

FlaMurph on September 19, 2012 at 5:09 PM

Hey, if Holder had no knowledge about this until February, doesn’t that mean he lied to Congress about when he found out? Oh, silly me. So what if he did? He’s a black Democrat attorney general working for the firstest and bestest black Democrat prezzy EVAH and therefore he is incapable of lying – the media simply will not allow that conclusion to be drawn.

natasha333 on September 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

All you have to do it take a look at Brian Terry’s photo.

Look at his eyes, you know him.

He is U.S. they killed him.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2012 at 5:10 PM

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14 employees up for… sanctions

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Let’s connect the dots …
.
… do they form a ring (a 10 14-ring) around Eric Holder?
.

Arbalest on September 19, 2012 at 5:11 PM

When they come in the night for some one in another state and kill him it is a crime, needs a report, needs a news cycle,,.

When they come in the night and kill you and your family, its to late.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on September 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Nothing say’s corruption as clearly as…. Allowing the accused to investigate themselves to see if they broke the law and committed multiple counts of Murder.

After very careful investigation we have concluded that, No, Contrary to the accusations, we did not break any laws nor commit murder. Though we did discover that a couple of our senior field officers did not use the best of judgement and some very minor procedural mistakes were made, we will sanction the individuals in question. No weekend coffee breaks for them for an entire week.

SWalker on September 19, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Sanctions, huh?

Only Fully Satisfactory performance appraisals this year, then?

ajacksonian on September 19, 2012 at 5:16 PM

I’m curious. Are sanctions something like strongly worded letters condemning something?

UnderstandingisPower on September 19, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Fox investigates Hen House robbery, then exonerates self.

Z———-

Del Dolemonte on September 19, 2012 at 5:23 PM

And of course, the DOJ IG commits Perjury by claiming that F & F began in 2006.

Z———-

Del Dolemonte on September 19, 2012 at 5:27 PM

We’ll find that mistakes may have been made in the State Dept. with regard to Benghazi but Hillary will be absolved of responsibility. It’s a familiar pattern. Jason Weinstein meets the underside of a bus today; if Obama is reelected a new position will be found for him somewhere. Eric remains untroubled by anything.

spiritof61 on September 19, 2012 at 5:48 PM

2nd Ammendment Mother on September 19, 2012 at 5:01 PM

always follow the money…they had a $3 million budget that was going to be lost because of the already dated decision to squelch Wide Receiver. I had read early reports of it being $20 million being inserted into the $834 billion stimulus package for F&F.

DanMan on September 19, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Move along….nothing here to see.

NOMOBO on September 19, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Among his findings, he said that Attorney General Eric Holder wasn’t aware of the tactics being used in the operation until early 2011…

For that reason alone he needs to be fired. If he was so incompetent that his minions were able to run an operation with the potential repercussions that could be caused by Fast & Furious, he should be nowhere near the office he infests.

So, all this report does is give the House Committee and either-or choice for Holder. Either he and his department lied in this report, or he is unfit for the position he holds.

AZfederalist on September 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

So now that the IG’s investigation is finished, there’s nothing to interfere with by testifying before Issa’s committee and Eric Holder will stop stonewalling and start providing witnesses from higher management in the DOJ, right?

Right?

Socratease on September 19, 2012 at 6:16 PM

I’ve always thought this was more holder-clinton project as its something they have been trying for decades going back to hillarys first term as potus.
yeah, bill was a figurehead like obama is. hillary ran a lot of meetings. senior military really disliked her.
no idea if obama knew or not, but even if he did he probably did not understand it. chooming killed those brain cells.

dmacleo on September 19, 2012 at 6:23 PM

So the Obama appointed IG investigates the Obama Justice Department and finds that Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder wasn’t aware of the tactics being used in the operation.
In other news, the fox assures everyone the henhouse is perfectly safe under his watch.

mrt721 on September 19, 2012 at 6:24 PM

DOJ F&F probe: “Pattern of serious failures,”

This pattern of “serious failures” at the DOJ and now at the U.S. Dept. of State is getting people killed. Serious failures? Really? Sounds more like a pattern of manslaughter.

lynncgb on September 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Two Americas indeed…

FOREWARD!!!!

BigWyo on September 19, 2012 at 6:36 PM

blergh

stvdog on September 19, 2012 at 6:39 PM

So the IG didn’t find any evidence tying Holder to F&F. Wow… big shockaroo. I’m sure Eric was just as forthcoming with them as he was with the Congress.

Wendya on September 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

What are the next steps — it’s not over, is it?

Violina23 on September 19, 2012 at 6:46 PM

We’ve reached the point where no one is responsible for anything. Hatch Act violations-Sebelius, leaving diplomatic staff to fend for themselves and die- Clinton, tax evasion- Geithner, pathological lying-DWS, misuse of government aircraft- Pelosi…go down the list. This speaks to the horrifyingly low ethical tone of the Democrat party, the current regime, the complicity of the MSM and the toothlessness of the Republican party and cognizant law enforcement officials. BTW, how’s that Maxine Waters ethics investigation coming along? The ultimate comeuppance will not be pretty nor for the faint of heart. More like revolutionary France than revolutionary colonial America.

Mason on September 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

That’s it? 100′s of dead bodies and that’s it? What a load of crap.

Old eagle on September 19, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Grossly inappropriate use of executive authority, to say the least?

Blatant attempt to cover up a scandal, to say the least.

tom on September 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

The buck stops here about three levels below me. The only reason executive privilege could be used here is if Obama also knew about the whole thing. It protects things talked about between him and his cabinet not things talked about three levels below them and didn’t inform their superiors about.

Corsair on September 19, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Grossly inappropriate use of executive authority, to say the least?

Blatant attempt to cover up a scandal, to say the least.

tom on September 19, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I should elaborate:

If Nixon could be impeached over the Watergate coverup, why should Obama not be impeached over the F&F coverup? People actually died.

tom on September 19, 2012 at 7:05 PM

If Obama were to win and the republicans held senate and house, I think THEN maybe you’d see an impeachment. THOUGH, you have to ask yourself if Biden might be WORSE than obama. Then, for the good of the country, we might have to let the felon-king stay.

WashingtonsWake on September 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

So the IG didn’t find any evidence tying Holder to F&F. Wow… big shockaroo. I’m sure Eric was just as forthcoming with them as he was with the Congress.

Wendya on September 19, 2012 at 6:42 PM

You might have been able to claim this BEFORE Obama blundered in and asserted a claim of executive privilege. But now, the claim itself clearly establishes that Obama himself knew all about F&F.

If the IG report were actually true, then there is no way that executive privilege could apply. So why exactly did Obama assert it?

Two possibilities:
1) Obama deliberately and dishonestly claimed executive privilege just to try to protect Holder from a Congressional investigation
2) The IG report is false

I don’t think this is the end of the line for Issa at all. It’s just getting started now.

tom on September 19, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Well, they found the scapegoat:
“…Jason Weinstein, the deputy assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division…” has resigned.

In other news, unconfirmed reports indicate that the producer’s of Hogan’s Heroes have donated the entire Sgt. Schulz wardrobe to AG Holder since he fits the part so well.

Another Drew on September 19, 2012 at 7:23 PM

If Obama were to win and the republicans held senate and house, I think THEN maybe you’d see an impeachment. THOUGH, you have to ask yourself if Biden might be WORSE than obama. Then, for the good of the country, we might have to let the felon-king stay.

WashingtonsWake on September 19, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Joke Biteme may be a dimwit, but he would be light-years better than little Bammie who is a malicious communist dimwit.

slickwillie2001 on September 19, 2012 at 7:24 PM

Hmmm…

The report on Operation Fast and Furious released today by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General says a member of the White House National Security staff declined to be interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation and that the White House itself did not produce internal documents for the investigation because the White House said it was “beyond the purview” of the inspector general.

Stinks from the head down.

Del Dolemonte on September 19, 2012 at 7:41 PM

Contemptible liars.

scalleywag on September 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

and scooter libby says, “what the *#^@&#*$

tomas on September 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

If the above is really the long and short of it and Attorney General Eric Holder had no knowledge of Fast and Furious before the investigation got going… then still, why President Obama’s invocation of executive privilege on all those subpoenaed Fast & Furious-related documents?

Because the entire report is a WHITEWASH and Obama and Holder are in it up to their eyebrows.

GarandFan on September 19, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Those that believe that this internal investigation is on the up an up, also believe that pigs fly. It seems that everybody has forgotten that people were killed in this botched operation and somebody has to pay for it’s crimes. Looks like more justice from Holders Department of Injustice.An apology just ain’t going to make it.

savage24 on September 19, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Meant as cover for Holder, that is all.

If Holder and his boss are not implicated, charged, and tried, then it is nothing but part of the coverup.

IrishEyes on September 19, 2012 at 10:01 PM