It is being reported that the Department of Justice Inspector General Report on Operation Fast and Furious has been delivered to the DOJ. This is one document that Attorney General Eric Holder can’t claim he has no knowledge of because he is one of the recipients. No media or ability to communicate the information in the document was allowed in the review room. However, after the review, the document should be available to the public within thirty days.
Katie Pavlich writes,
Two weeks ago, one ATF official heavily involved in Fast and Furious jumped ship to save his pension. Others are currently looking to do the same. According to a new report today, one embattled ATF official who is now in charge of the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility, Bill McMahon, has been receiving taxpayer money through his six figure salary and money through private payments at J.P. Morgan as he’s been on extended leave from the bureau. Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Acting ATF director Todd Jones about the situation today while also slamming Jones for failing to bring a change of culture to ATF.
From the letter:
Rather than imposing consequences for his admitted failures, the ATF appears to be rewarding McMahon. Through this unusual arrangement, ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks—one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector. Moreover, ATF did not wait for the Office of Inspector General to complete its report on Fast and Furious before approving the arrangement. This is in sharp contrast to the posture the agency has taken with whistleblowers like Special Agent John Dodson, who is told he must wait until the Inspector General’s report is complete before the agency will even consider his simple request for a statement retracting the false statements made about him by agency leadership.
Jones has also been asked to answer 22 detailed questions about McMahon’s double dipping and to provide all documents discussing his private sector salary by Chairman Issa and Sen. Grassley.
The DOJ will have a month to coordinate their response to the document. However, Holder still faces a civil contempt case which could be pushed in order to get the documentation that the House Oversight Committee has been subpoenaed for the past twenty months and finally had to vote to find Holder in Contempt, which was subsequently affirmed by a vote in the House.
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