A major news break came Wednesday in the Justice Department internal investigation of the agency’s role in the botched gun-trafficking operation Fast and Furious, as a report from the internal watchdog cleared Attorney General Eric Holder of having prior knowledge of or condoning the operation, while faulting 14 other federal law enforcement officials for creating a “significant danger to public safetey” under the program.
Two senior officials left the department, one by resignation and one by retirement, upon the report’s release. The Blaze reports:
In the 471-page report, Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred more than a dozen people for possible department disciplinary action for their roles in Operation Fast and Furious and a separate, earlier probe known as Wide Receiver, undertaken during the George W. Bush administration.
The report did not criticize Attorney General Eric Holder, but said lower-level officials should have briefed him about the investigation much earlier.
Holder had faced intense scrutiny and suspicion during the 18-month investigation from Republican lawmakers, who had led a House vote that found the Attorney General in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents tied to the botched operation.
“Real News From The Blaze” opened up Wednesday on the report, discussed what it means for Holder, and debated where the Fast & Furious investigation will now go moving forward. Watch a clip below with guest Hans von Spakovsky, a former Justice Department counsel: