WASHINGTON (AP) Five officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives share much of the blame for what went wrong with the Arizona gun-smuggling probe called Operation Fast and Furious, a Republican congressional draft report concludes.
After an 18-month probe, the first of what will be three reports says “many people up and down the chain of command in ATF share the blame for the case’s tragic failures.”
The investigation singled out five key figures in the controversy, ranging from the special agent in charge of the ATF’s Phoenix field division up to the agency’s director.
All five were removed from their jobs and reassigned a year ago. Attorney General Eric Holder has said further personnel changes could be made, depending on the findings in an upcoming review by the Justice Department inspector general.
In Operation Fast and Furious, agents employed a