Fast and Furious fallout: DOJ patting itself on the back?
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
- Duration 4:02
- Date Aug 1, 2012
Peter Johnson, Jr. weighs in
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Lofty music and a big segment these five former ATF officials are to blame for what went wrong in operation fast and furious that according to a new report from top house Republicans.
But yesterday the Justice Department which oversees the ATF.
Was quick to respond to the report saying quote.
The report does signal a notable shift in that the committee finally acknowledges that the flaws in this operation occurred in part due to weak oversight by ATF leadership.
That is why last year the attorney general also ensure that reforms were instituted an ATF.
But if there -- cold they're really enacted reforms why those five ATF officials still working at the agency.
Peter Johnson junior I would pose that question to politely.
The critical question -- question and politely I answer that -- those bogus answer I've ever heard from a government.
Officials see we told -- long it was the ATF that did it it wasn't the Department of Justice the ATF is part.
Of the department.
Of justice and the question becomes why these five folks are still doing.
What they are doing.
Based upon what -- -- in this committee is said after reviewing thousands of documents taking testimony.
Let's look at what the five folks allegedly did and where they are.
Today -- start with William -- he -- to previous special agent in charge of Phoenix.
He's been a proponent of this of -- gun walking think for a long long time.
Now he's gone now what is he doing he's a new job is in the ATF office of management.
To help with the congressional investigation he had problems in the past what about bill McMillan -- man was deputy assistant director for field operations of the -- ATF.
-- he's in charge of the ATF office of professional responsibility.
Even -- was alleged that he didn't follow the protocols.
And rubber stamp documents and allow this to go on to now is in charge of office of professionals want to build it so I called the fast and furious principle you move up.
In the organization based on the betting against -- -- the attorney general taking such a pounding about the -- Shea assistant director of field operation get a chance of -- to the report.
To put an end to these risky.
Tactics he didn't.
Now he's in charge of the Baltimore field office William -- or -- -- the chicken man he was the deputy director of field operations.
It said he turned a blind that a risky gun walking operations.
And thwarted exit strategy but never followed up.
There was a great job he's got a great new job so he now is the special agent in charge of ATF's Washington field all quietly mr.
Who was the acting ATF -- a long career in a storied career in criminal justice.
Now he's out.
No longer the acting director we have a new acting director we don't have a permanent director.
And so now he's advising on.
Forensic signs of Peter while you're in charge of the organization with the attorney general is and he doesn't move in action move in the right doesn't that doesn't take action.
This is make him look -- better or worse.
Well I think the the answer is it implicit in the question I think that it it it it makes our.
All of us look worse.
People -- died we find out in this report.
That the -- brother of the one of the attorney -- in Mexico.
Was scandalized by this which he found that.
Her brother was killed.
As a result of fast and furious guns and that apparently there was an effort by the ATF to cover.
Then up and that helped bring this.
It's a -- it's a sad state of affairs when we promote people.
After congress says that they have failed.
These folks are still in the chain of command.
At the ATF if I -- -- as a result of President Bush became part.
Of the department of justice and the Department of Justice is wholly responsible for what they're doing this is the first part of what I call the trilogy of terror there's two more potent.
That that are coming that will lay out what happened I contest features here just --