Fast and Furious investigation: Holder in the clear, but other officials implicated
- 14 officials involved with the botched “Fast and Furious” sting operation acted “without adequate regard for the risk it posed to public safety,” according to the results of an internal investigation.
- no Eric Holder wasn’t one of them. The report cleared him of responsibility, concluding that he had no knowledge of the operation’s problems prior to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, which brought the operation under public scrutiny.
- two department officials resigned less than an hour after the report was released earlier today: Kenneth Melson, former acting head of the ATF, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. Both were amongst the 14 named in the report. source
The investigation was launched by the DOJ’s Inspector General’s office, which recommended that the Justice Department consider disciplining the 14 agents named. Holder said today that the report would be reviewed with “consideration of potential personnel actions.”