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.
Keep in mind, the DOJ Inspector General up until May was Cynthia A. Schnedar. Schnedar served under Holder during his time as the U.S. Attorney for D.C. In May, Schnedar was replaced with Michael Horowitz, who sources say is an “even handed” guy. The bulk of the IG report throughout the past 20 months was done by Schnedar. Holder called for an IG investigation into Fast and Furious in early 2011.
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.