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IG: DOJ Tried To Discredit 2 F&F Whistleblowers

From the Politico:

Report faults former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke for Fast and Furious leak

By JOSH GERSTEIN | May 20, 2013

Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke violated Justice Department policies by releasing a memo written by an Operation Fast & Furious whistleblower to the media, Justice’s Inspector General found in a report issued Monday.

The report called Burke’s actions "wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney." He resigned after acknowledging the disclosure in 2011, so no discipline by the department is possible. However, Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred the matter to Justice’s legal ethics watchdogs for possible referral to bar authorities in the District of Columbia and Arizona.

The report also disclosed that another DOJ watchdog found Burke responsible for a separate leak and previously referred that matter to [sic] to the two [bar associations in DC and Arizona].

That was a leak to the New York Times, which also sought to undermine another ‘Fast & Furious’ whistleblower. (Which is mentioned at the bottom of this piece.)

The memo whose disclosure was investigated by the IG was written by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms agent John Dodson and proposed an operation in which he would sell firearms to a suspect and then make only minimal efforts to track the weapons. Dodson told investigators he made the proposal because the thought it would be rejected and would highlight problems with similar tactics in the Fast and Furious probe. However, his plan was approved and actually carried out, with six weapons being sold by Dodson and ultimately lost track of.

When Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was looking into Fast and Furious in 2011, Burke released Dodson’s proposal to Fox News Justice Department producer Mike Levine in what appeared to be an effort to undermine the credibility of Dodson, who had gone to Congress with complains [sic] about so-called gunwalking in Fast and Furious.

"We believe this misconduct to be particularly egregious because of Burke’s apparent effort to undermine the credibility of Dodson’s significant public disclosures about the failures in Operation Fast and Furious," [the IG] Horowitz’s report says…

Grassley said in a statement …"The report brings into question, yet again, the treatment that whistleblowers receive from this administration.  Instead of examining the allegations that came forward, the Justice Department almost immediately began to attack the credibility and good name of a dedicated federal agent upset with what he was ordered to do," Grassley complained.

The IG report says a separate investigation by Justice’s Office of Professional Responsibility found that Burke was responsible for leaking to the New York Times another memo related to a Fast-and-Furious whistleblower.

Isn’t it odd how little we have heard about this second whistleblower?

Burke is former aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. He worked for her when she was Arizona governor and then at DHS, before he was nominated as U.S. Attorney for Arizona. The fallout from his involvement in Fast and Furious has clouded his once-bright political prospects in Arizona.

Not if he runs as a Democrat.

But notice that the Politico fails to note that Holder often praised Burke as one of his top US Attorneys. Or that Burke was cahooting with Tracy Schmaler, who was Holder’s spokeswoman.

They also fail to note that Ms Schmaler, in turn, was working with Media Matters to discredit the Fast & Furious whistleblowers, and even some of the Congressmen investigating the scandal.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, May 21st, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “IG: DOJ Tried To Discredit 2 F&F Whistleblowers”

  1. GetBackJack says:



  2. Noyzmakr says:

    It’s beginning to look as though this regime spends ALL their time attacking people who don’t agree with them or are exposing them.

    This leaves little time for actually governing.

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