Eric Holder

Republicans Seek More Scalps from "Fast and Furious" Probe

Issa wants all 14 critiqued in report gone


Republican lawmakers want more heads to roll over Operation Fast and Furious after a report faulted multiple agencies for letting the failed anti-gunrunning probe get out of hand—as they cited a key section that appeared to contradict testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder. 

One Justice Department official has resigned and another has retired in the wake of the inspector general report. Another 14 officials were forwarded for possible disciplinary action. 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said at a hearing Thursday where Inspector General Michael Horowitz testified that "all 14" should leave the department. 

Other lawmakers suggested senior officials—particularly criminal division chief Lanny Breuer—should at least face discipline. Further, they hammered the point that the IG report appeared to contradict Holder's testimony earlier this year in which he said wiretap applications did not reveal that gunwalking tactics were being used.