Fast & Furious Report Leads To Republican Demand For DOJ Shake-up

On Thursday evening House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa spoke to Brett Baier on Fox News Special Report to respond to the release of the Inspector General’s report regarding Operation Fast and Furious.

During the interview Issa said, “Just because you’re not convicted, doesn’t mean you’re vindicated.”

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Obviously that was before he heard from IG Michael Horowitz today as he was questioned on Capitol Hill during a Congressional hearing. During that hearing the theatrics and blame were diverted from where they should have been placed, with the Attorney General, and focused on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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The Hill reports,

Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz pleaded with lawmakers on Thursday to make major structural reforms at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the wake of a botched gun-tracking operation.

“There were a serious lack of controls in place in both the U.S. attorney’s office and ATF operation,” Horowitz said at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.

“There has to be a serious review and vetting of operations like this … and how to prevent that going forward, is watching carefully to make sure, in fact, the reforms we’re all talking about aren’t lost once the headlines of the report go away — that there is oversight.”

While Issa, as well as, Elijah Cummings (D-MD) have pledged to reform the ATF and the DOJ, they were not satisfied with the claim that the IG said that Holder bore no responsibility in the matter. Several Republicans expressed outrage exclaiming that Holder should have known about the operation and that he is no longer fit to be Attorney General or lead the DOJ.

“Lanny Breuer looked me dead in the eye and told me that, in fact, there was nothing wrong with Fast and Furious — it was bad work on the ground,” said Issa. “And I can’t understand for the life of me how he could have believed it and still have his job.”

Some Democrats just don’t get it though, like Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY). “If you’re worried about guns at the border, then let’s make it a federal crime to traffic guns,” she said. “Let’s make it a crime for vast sales of these guns. Let’s ban assault weapons that aren’t used to do anything but kill people. They don’t kill animals, they just kill people.”

Ahhh the old ‘guns kill people’ argument. This smells of the same kind of attempt to politicize the issue that was done following the Aurura shooting and the pushing of gun control legislation by Maloney’s counterpart in New York, Carolin McCarthy.

What is most amazing about Maloney’s comments is her call to make trafficking guns a federal crime is that has nothing to do with this case. How about holding the federal government that authorized the entire operation and told agents to let the guns be sold and walk across the border accountable? She wants to ban assault weapons that aren’t used to do anything but kill people, in her opinion. She claims that they don’t kill animals, but people. Funny, I owned several weapons that Ms. Maloney would consider “assault weapons.” Do you know what I’ve found out? They sit in my closet till I shoot them and if I’m hunting, then they kill animals, but as of yet, I have never witnessed one of my weapons springing from the closet and killing anyone or anything or even taking a plinking shot at a can by itself. The woman is paranoid. But I digress.

While Horowitz claimed to have gotten the documents that the House had asked for repeatedly and finally held Holder in contempt of Congress over. “Every document we asked for and reviewed and cited in this report we found to be relevant and important,” said Horowitz. Issa and the committee were justified in holding Holder in contempt with that one line.

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