September 20th, 2012
03:38 PM ET
6 years ago

GOP complains inspector general too 'soft' on Justice Dept's criminal chief

Washington (CNN) - Republican lawmakers Thursday complained to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz that his report on Operation Fast and Furious was "too soft" on the head of the Criminal Division, one of Attorney General Eric Holder's top assistants.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer was criticized in the nearly 500-page report issued Wednesday for failing to follow up on internal documents showing use of flawed tactics in the controversial gun trafficking investigation on the Arizona-Mexico border.


Filed under: Eric Holder • Justice Department
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  1. rs

    The sad truth is Arizona's almost completely nonexistant gun control laws (passed by the GOP) created the situation whereby criminals and drug lords could use "straw buyers", usually the homeless, to buy guns for them. That the BATF did not stop these weapons from "walking" to their real buyers is disturbing- but they were seeking the criminals who supplied the cash- not the straw buyers themselves, just as they had done under the Bush Administration. Had Arizona had reasonable background checks at gun stores, pawn shops and gun shows, criminals couldn't exploit this situation. The way the GOP tells it you'd think Holder was standing in Nogales handing out assualt weapons, and viola! people got shot. Their world is just so different.

    September 20, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Bill from GA

    Those repugs hate it when the facts get in the way of their agenda.

    September 20, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Joan in MS

    Good grief! Enough is enough! Who cares about F&F?!?

    The GOP wastes its time with this meaningless, manufactured F&F 'scandal'. The GOP/TP is more concerned about the death of ONE border control agent, by a murderous criminal in a drug gang, than they were/are about the THOUSANDS of brave men and women dying in Iraq and Afganistan. Those deaths were conjured up from WMD lies and criminals (GWB and Cheney) who have yet to be prosecuted.

    All of the GOP/TP Congressmen should be thrown out on the street by the voters in November for not focusing on JOBS! Pure hypocricy and feigned outrage at its finest!

    September 20, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  4. whay

    YES, I couldn't agreed more that "All of the GOP/TP Congressmen should be thrown out on the street by the voters in November for not focusing on JOBS! Pure hypocricy and feigned outrage at its finest!"

    Thank you, Joan in MS

    September 20, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Whatever. We could hang the poor sap from the rafters of the Senate chambeand let the GOPers/Teatrolls have a pinata party and they'd still be whining about it.

    September 20, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  6. Thomas

    It's time for Darrell Issa and Michael Horowitz to change there hair oil !
    Stop wasting taxpayers money and time on Kitty Comities that are nothing but Look See Show Grandstanding !

    Romney / Issa
    a little dab'll do ya 2012

    September 20, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    Republicans LOVE the SCOTUS and the justice department UNTIL they rule against them or do something they don't like then they are activist judges and soft on rulings. Just saying.......

    September 20, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  8. w l jones

    Where the Arizona law maker on this?

    September 20, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |