Fast and Furious Scandal Widens: Inspector General: DOJ Leaked Docs to Smear Fast & Furious Whistleblower, Lied

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    Jul 07, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
    Basically, under an operation that began under the Obama Administration, thousands of guns were allowed to cross into Mexico which were then used to kill Mexican citizens, including an assistant prosecutor and others including at least one ATF agent. ATF agents objected to the operation termed "Operation Fast and Furious" but were overruled by higher ups. On practically every level this is far worse than Iran Contra and yet, the media coverage appears limited.

    http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2011/07/06/scandal_grows_fbi,_dea_involved_with_operation_fast_and_furious

    Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson answered questions from Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley surrounding Operation Fast and Furious. Melson voluntarily participated in the interview and appeared with personal counsel, meaning although the Justice Department has prohibited Melson to testify before Congress on behalf of the DOJ about the scandal, he can in fact come forward with information as an individual informant outside of the DOJ and separate from DOJ interests.

    In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa and Grassley expressed disappointment in the DOJ limiting and controlling Melson's communication and interaction with Congress surrounding the scandal but called the information Melson presented yesterday "extremely helpful," to the investigation.

    Melson revealed the scope of Operation Fast and Furious reaches far beyond ATF and the Justice Department. He said the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and other agencies were heavily involved.
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    Jul 07, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    Probably because brown people were killed. Had a young white woman been involved, I'm sure Nancy Grace would spend the next three years covering it. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 07, 2011 10:42 AM GMT
    This Has Nothing to so with the fact that guns are allowed to be bartered easier than fresh produce down in the Southwest than anything else???

    Ummmm .... Arizona was the State where Gabby Giffords was just shot in the head and they actually relaxed the guidelines for gun owners with a history of mental illness

    House Bill 2645 creates an appeals process for individuals stripped of the right to carry a firearm because of a history of mental illness.

    Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/news/election/azelections/articles/2011/06/19/20110619new-arizona-gun-laws.html#ixzz1RPmXba5M


    just sayin
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    Jul 07, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    Christian73 saidProbably because brown people were killed. Had a young white woman been involved, I'm sure Nancy Grace would spend the next three years covering it. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Maybe that's the case, but at least one ATF agent was killed. You'd think that would merit a bit more press. Of course some lawmakers suggest that the people responsible for this should be tried in Mexico.
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    May 21, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    Report: DOJ Leaked Docs to Smear Fast & Furious Whistleblower, Says Inspector General.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/05/20/DOJ-Inspector-General-confirms-US-Attorney-DOJ-headquarters-leaked-documents-to-smear-Fast-and-Furious-whistleblower

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

    The DOJ IG said it found “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.”

    “We are referring to OPR our finding that Burke violated Department policy in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to a member of the media for a determination of whether Burke’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for the state bars in which Burke is a member,” the IG wrote.
    Burke resigned from his post as U.S. Attorney over the incident in August 2011, the first major Department of Justice official to leave his or her post in the Fast and Furious scandal. He said after the fact, in interviews with congressional investigators, that he now views leaking the document as a “mistake.”

    In addition to Burke’s involvement in leaking the document, emails the IG uncovered show senior officials at the Department of Justice discussed smearing Dodson.

    One of those was Tracy Schmaler, the Director of the Department’s Office of Public Affairs, who resigned her position at the DOJ after emails uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showed that she worked with leftwing advocacy group Media Matters for America to smear whistleblowers and members of Congress and the media who sought to investigate DOJ scandals under Attorney General Eric Holder.
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    May 21, 2013 1:24 AM GMT
    Oh they'll just apologize and that will be the end of it.
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    May 21, 2013 12:55 PM GMT
    More:

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/05/20/watchdog-report-says-doj-official-retaliated-against-furious-whistle-blower/?cmpid=cmty_twitter_fn
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    May 24, 2013 11:04 PM GMT
    House votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt

    http://www.examiner.com/article/house-votes-to-hold-attorney-general-eric-holder-contempt