House Committee Issues Report Critical of Fortune’s “Fast & Furious” Probe


The U.S. House Oversight Committee, whose investigation of the Fast & Furious gun investigation on the Southwest border led to a House vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, now has issued a report calling an investigation into the affair by Fortune magazine “a hit piece full of errors and omissions.” Said the panel: “Rather than a fair accounting with information that contradicted [the article’s] thesis, the end result was a one-sided, hit piece that attempted to discredit whistleblowers who testified to Congress and defend the supervisors responsible for overseeing the reckless operation. The criticisms of whistleblowers in the story were thinly sourced and often petty.”

The committee report says that the alleged “gunwalking” from the U.S. to Mexico in the operation “was exposed because of courageous whistleblowers.” The Republican led committee says, “The President and the Attorney General have both criticized the practice and pledged to hold people accountable. The United States Attorney for the District of Arizona resigned, and another senior official in his office relied on his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions from Congress about his role.”

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