Lawless DOJ Reports on Itself in Fast and Furious
DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz has completed his investigation of Fast and Furious, the gunwalking operation that led to the deaths of federal agents Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican nationals.
Horowitz, who was appointed last April, took over from longtime Holder crony acting IG Cynthia Schnedar. As an employee of the Department of Justice Horowitz cannot be considered an independent investigator so forgive me if I don't get my hopes up with this latest news.
The long-awaited report has been turned over to Holder and his DOJ "shot callers" to review its contents. Sources told Townhall "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."
So the nation will wait with baited breath while DOJ officials including Holder examine information and evidence of their own wrongdoing. If no outside investigator is allowed access to the IG report is it really reasonable at this point in time to believe justice will be served?
The Horowitz announcement comes on the heels of another scandalous revelation concerning former ATF Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations, William McMahon.
In July top lawmakers cited McMahon for failing to oversee activities in the Phoenix office which conducted Fast and Furious. They blamed him for "his admitted failure to read important documents he was responsible for authorizing and his false testimony regarding his role in authorizing applications for wiretaps in the case".
Now it seems McMahon who is on leave from ATF has been double-dipping. In a letter to the new ATF director B. Todd Jones, Issa and Grassley have asked about McMahon's current employment status. Against agency rules, McMahon "has been allowed to take extended paid leave to enable him to reach retirement eligibility while working as head of global security for JP Morgan in the Philippines."
Drew Wade, an agency spokesperson promised to "review the letter and respond." Issa and Grassley submitted 20 questions in the letter regarding McMahon's "unusual arrangement." He has until September 4 to answer the inquiry.
That a senior official involved in the Fast and Furious scandal is still collecting a government salary while working full-time for the investment banker JP Morgan is further proof of just how lawless those who approved the deadly operation really are.
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