Grassley: ‘Fast and Furious’ agents still employed by ATF

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is asking for details of disciplinary actions taken against Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employees who were involved in Operation Fast and Furious. While some personnel have been disciplined for misconduct, some agents have not faced consequences recommended by the agency’s Professional Review Board.

In at least two instances dating back to 2012, the PRB called for the removal of agents who displayed “poor judgement” in their involvement with an investigation of a Fast and Furious whistleblower, yet those agents remained employed by ATF in 2014.  Other agents were reassigned but remained in positions of authority.  The Acting Director of ATF during Operation Fast and Furious was removed from his position, however, began the following day as a Senior Advisor in the Department of Justice.

In a letter to ATF Director B. Todd Jones, Grassley and House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz requested records related to disciplinary actions and settlement agreements for nine ATF employees who were responsible for Operation Fast and Furious, the failed gunwalking program linked to the 2010 murder of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, Brian Terry.  Grassley has previously raised concerns about the inadequate disciplinary actions taken against key players in the operation.

A signed copy of the letter may be read by clicking here.