Top-ranking Capitol Hill Republicans released a 140-page report Monday on the Obama administration’s Operation Fast and Furious that concludes high-ranking Justice Department officials “failed to identify red flags” in the mishandled gun-tracking operation, singling out 5 senior agency officials. This is the second installment in Rep. Darrell Issa’s and Sen. Chuck Grassley’s final investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal, conveniently being skirted around during the campaign season.
Fast and Furious put roughly 2,000 guns into the Mexican black market in an attempt to trace them to leaders of drug cartels. However, many of them surfaced at crime scenes instead, including the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
High-ranking Justice Department agents Grindler and Siskel were presented with detailed evidence during a March 2010 briefing on Fast and Furious that showed illegally purchased firearms being recovered in Mexico and the United States, but failed to ask probing questions or “take any significant follow-up action to monitor and supervise the conduct of the case,” according to report.
“Officials in the Justice Department saw countless warnings and some even had the gun-walking information right in front of them, yet nothing was done to stop it, said Grassley, an Iowa senator and ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.