U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on Operation Fast and Furious:
“I have reviewed the Office of the Inspector General’s report on Operation Fast and Furious and the key conclusions are consistent with what I, and other Justice Department officials, have said for many months now:
— The inappropriate strategy and tactics employed were field-driven and date back to 2006;
— The leadership of the Department did not know about or authorize the use of the flawed strategy and tactics; and
— The Department’s leadership did not attempt to cover up information or mislead Congress about it.
“Beginning in 2011 — shortly after public concerns were first raised about Operation Fast and Furious — I referred this matter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Throughout the next several months, I instituted significant policy reforms, stronger…
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