5 ATF officials singled out in GOP report

ATF Agent (AP Photo)

ATF Agent (AP Photo)

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WASHINGTON — A Republican draft report says 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.

After an 18-month probe, the report by investigators for Rep. Darrell Issa says many people up and down the chain of command in the ATF share the blame for the bungled case.

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.

Agents employed a risky tactic called gun-walking in the operation, and many of the weapons wound up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S.

Source: The Associated Press

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