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Dingell Commends Release of "Operation Fast and Furious" Report


Location: Washington, DC

Today, U.S. Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI15) issued the following statement in response to the release of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General's Report on Operation Fast and Furious:

"The release of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report is an important first step in finally beginning to give the Terry Family answers on the death of Agent Brian Terry as a part of Operation Fast and Furious. The findings are scathing and shed much light on what actually happened.

"I have long called for serious and real discipline for those individuals at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) who engaged in serious misbehavior and played a substantial role in Operation Fast and Furious. It is encouraging to see the report recommends that DOJ review the performance of the fourteen individuals who were named in the report to see if further discipline is necessary. I expect DOJ and ATF to begin this review promptly, and to provide vigorous and appropriate discipline. The report also says what I suspected all along: that Attorney General Holder did not have prior knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, but officials at ATF did. This is why I called for an extensive, bipartisan, and thorough investigation so that the American people can have all of the facts, and wrongdoers may be punished.

"I look forward to monitoring DOJ as they begin to implement the recommendations made in the report, and have no doubt I will be vigilant in doing so"

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