The investigative debacle that supplied some 2,000 firearms to drug cartel gunmen who have been terrorizing northern Mexico will be discussed on Capitol Hill on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Between now and next Tuesday, Sept. 11, the long-awaited report from the Justice Department’s inspector general on Operation Fast and Furious should be made public. As this column reported, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz is scheduled to appear before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to detail the results of the 20-month investigation into the gun running sting that became a scandal.
The Oversight Committee has conducted its own investigation, and Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has predicted the IG report will mirror his own staff report, released several weeks ago. That document pointed damning fingers at five top officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. One of those men has retired, another has taken a job in the private sector and the rest have been reassigned.
CNN is reporting that the IG report will be released prior to the Tuesday hearing. As this column noted, the officials in charge of the ATF field office in Phoenix may find themselves under the gun.
It is not likely the report will be released before Friday, since Thursday is the final day of the Democratic National Convention.
Meanwhile, National Gun Rights Examiner Dan and independent blogger Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars have challenged Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney to declare he will remove executive privilege from thousands of documents demanded by, but not surrendered to the Oversight Committee.
President Barack Obama extended executive privilege protection to the subpoenaed documents earlier this summer. Many pundits suggested that the president made a strategic error by essentially “taking ownership” of the scandal.
ATF sources told Examiner Wednesday morning that the report is being kept under wraps. Horowitz sent a copy of the report to the Justice Department two weeks ago for review and comment.
A discussion of Fast and Furious will be on the agenda at the Sept. 28-30 Gun Rights Policy Conference, convening this year at the airport Hyatt Regency hotel in Orlando, Fla. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
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