According to sources, the long awaited Department of Justice Inspector General Report on Operation Fast and Furious has been delivered to DOJ "shot callers," including Attorney General Eric Holder, this morning. It will be reviewed today and in the coming weeks. No cell phones, Ipads or computers are allowed in the review room. After it is reviewed, it will be released to the public in 30 days.Really? After it is reviewed, it will be released to the public? In 30 days? How many of us here believe that?
Two weeks ago, one ATF official heavily involved in Fast and Furious jumped ship to save his pension. Others are currently looking to do the same. According to a new report today, one embattled ATF official who is now in charge of the ATF Office of Professional Responsibility, Bill McMahon, has been receiving taxpayer money through his six figure salary and money through private payments at J.P. Morgan as he's been on extended leave from the bureau. Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee sent a letter to Acting ATF director Todd Jones about the situation today while also slamming Jones for failing to bring a change of culture to ATF.Jumping ship to save your pension might not help if you're convicted of a felony, and it looks like there were plenty of felonies accumulated during this operation. Things like subverting the laws of the US, running guns into Mexico, lots of RICO stuff. It'll be interesting to see how many indictments follow the public release of the report. And how many requests for extradition come from Mexico.
After it is reviewed? Thirty days? That will put the relevations fairly close to the election. Not great timing on Holder's part, but it might save a federal attorney the embarrassment of indicting a sitting Attorney General.