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"Fast and Furious" Report Lays Blame on Five Officials, Poor Leadership

"From the outset, the case was marred by missteps, poor judgments, and an inherently reckless strategy," the report states.

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Republican investigators pinned the failures of "Operation Fast and Furious" on five officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in a scathing joint congressional draft report issued Monday evening.

The 211-page draft report, obtained by The Hill, called on the Obama administration and the Senate to bolster the leadership of the ATF — which has been without a permanent director for six years — in order to move beyond the failed gun-tracking operation that led House Republicans to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress last month.