1) The report singles out top Department of Justice officials for wrongdoing
2) The report appears to contradict sworn testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder
3) The report faults top Justice Department leadership with failing to adequately respond to the murder of an American border patrol agent
4) The White House refused to disclose any internal communications to the inspector general
5) The report fails to consider evidence that a top DOJ official knew the department misled Congress
The fallout has been swift. On the day the report was released Kenneth Melson, the former acting head of ATF – the DOJ bureau in charge of Fast and Furious – retired, while the DOJ’s Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, resigned.
So far, Attorney General Eric Holder has escaped culpability for the gun-walking program that originated on his watch.
We’ll see if congressional Republican investigators use the IG’s report to close the books on Fast and Furious, or use the Obama White House’s refusal to cooperate as proof that more sleuthing needs to be done.