The Inspector General’s office released a report Monday indicating that the a Department of Justice lawyer leaked a document to the press with the intention of smearing Operation Fast and Furious whistleblower John Dodson.
The Inspector General’s findings, titled “Report of Investigation Concerning the Improper Disclosure of U.S. Department of Justice Information to a Member of the Media,” concluded that U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney,” according to Breitbart news.
The IG report further found “that Burke violated Department policy in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to a member of the media for a determination of whether Burke’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for the state bars in which Burke is a member.”
Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle reported:
Burke resigned from his post as U.S. Attorney over the incident in August 2011, the first major Department of Justice official to leave his or her post in the Fast and Furious scandal. He said after the fact, in interviews with congressional investigators, that he now views leaking the document as a “mistake.”
The IG’s investigation disclosed that additional senior Justice Department officials had discussed smearing Dodson, including then-Director of the Department’s Office of Public Affairs Tracy Schmaler.
She “resigned her position at the DOJ after emails uncovered through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showed that she worked with leftwing advocacy group Media Matters for America to smear whistleblowers and members of Congress and the media who sought to investigate DOJ scandals under Attorney General Eric Holder” according to Breitbart.
Operation Fast and Furious was an gunwalking scandal conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with full knowledge of the Department of Justice. Guns were allowed to be purchased illegally with the goal of identifying and eliminating arms trafficking networks, but agents soon lost track of them.
In December 2010, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed with one of the weapons that was allowed to walk in the operation and ATF Special Agent John Dodson originally blew the whistle on the scheme.
Since that time, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep., Darrell Issa, R-Calif. has been conducting it’s own hearings and investigation into the matter.
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