The Justice Department’s internal watchdog released a report on Wednesday after a months-long investigation into the failed “gun-walking” investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.
Responding to a Feb. request from US Attorney General Eric Holder, the Inspector General under Michael Horowitz laid the blame for the operation, which allowed thousands of weapons into Mexico on a dysfunctional operation at the ATF office in Phoenix, Ariz.
Two of the weapons were discovered nearby the shooting death of Border Patrol officer Brian Terry. Although FBI analysis was unable to confirm if the 7.62mm bullet that killed Terry came from one of the assault rifles found at the scene, Terry’s family believes that the justice department should be held “accountable” for his death.
Breuer, an Obama appointee and the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, is cited in the report for not alerting his superiors in 2010 to flaws in a program similar to Operation Fast and Furious that was started during George W. Bush’s presidency.
Two justice department officials have left in the wake of the investigation.