The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced Monday that a long-anticipated appearance before that body by Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been put off to Sept. 19.
The announcement comes as a newspaper in Columbia reports that guns from Operation Fast and Furious, which Horowitz has been investigating, have been recovered by authorities in that South American nation.
In an unrelated incident in South Carolina, a woman has been arrested and charged after she approached Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy, a member of the House Committee, outside of a church in Spartanburg Sunday evening and aimed a handgun at him. Gowdy, a former federal prosecutor with obviously quick reflexes, jammed his car into reverse, according to published reports, sped out of the parking lot with the woman in pursuit on foot, and drove to a nearby police station to report the incident.
The suspect, identified as Gloria Brackett, 52, of Atlanta, Ga., was apprehended and charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol and pointing and presenting a firearm, according to the Spartanburg Herald Journal. A spokesman for Gowdy told Examiner that the freshman congressman is alright, and there is already information surfacing that the suspect is not a first-timer for this sort of thing.
She was carrying a .32-caliber CZ Model 70 pistol with four rounds in the magazine, and she also had a box of ammunition. The gun was apparently taken from a relative without that person’s knowledge or permission.
Down in Columbia, meanwhile, the Fast and Furious guns were apparently recovered following the arrest of Oficina de Enyigado crime syndicate boss identified only as “Sebastian,” by Columbia Reports. His brother, identified as “Frank,” had the guns when he was arrested in February, and 14 other apparent Fast and Furious guns have also been recovered.
The IG report has not been released publicly, but as this column noted, some information in the report was apparently leaked to CBS News recently, suggesting that top officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives get the brunt of blame.
But Roll Call is also reporting that the release is imminent, and it could be a double-edged sword politically, for Attorney General Eric Holder, and House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).
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