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JOINT STAFF REPORT The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Fueling Cartel Violence

JOINT STAFF REPORT The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Fueling Cartel Violence

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The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Fueling Cartel Violence

JOINT STAFF REPORT
Prepared for
Rep. Darrell E. Issa, Chairman
United States House of Representatives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
&
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member
United States Senate
Committee on the Judiciary
112th Congress
July 26, 2011
The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Fueling Cartel Violence

JOINT STAFF REPORT
Prepared for
Rep. Darrell E. Issa, Chairman
United States House of Representatives
Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
&
Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member
United States Senate
Committee on the Judiciary
112th Congress
July 26, 2011

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The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious:Fueling Cartel Violence
JOINT STAFF REPORTPrepared forRep. Darrell E. Issa, ChairmanUnited States House of RepresentativesCommittee on Oversight and Government Reform&Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking MemberUnited States SenateCommittee on the Judiciary112
th
CongressJuly 26, 2011
 
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TableofContents
 
I.
Executive Summary ............................................................................................................... 4
II.
Findings ............................................................................................................................... 6
III.
Weapons Traced to the ATF Phoenix Field Division ..................................................... 7
IV.
Fast and Furious Weapons Recovered at Crime Scenes ................................................ 8
A.
Tracing the Recoveries................................................................................................. 16
 B.
The Naco, Mexico Recovery ........................................................................................ 17
 C.
The Mexicali Recovery ................................................................................................. 17
 D.
The El Paso, Texas Recovery ...................................................................................... 18
 E.
Tuesday Briefings at ATF Headquarters ................................................................... 19
 F.
January 5, 2010 Briefing .............................................................................................. 20
 G.
March 5, 2010 Briefing ................................................................................................ 23 V.
Kept in the Dark............................................................................................................... 27
A.
Volume of Weapons Raises Eyebrows in Mexico ...................................................... 28 B.
Reassurances from Phoenix and Washington, D.C. .................................................. 29 VI.
More Complaints and More Reassurances.................................................................... 32
A.
Concerns Raised up the Chain of Command ............................................................ 33 B.
A “Good Investigation” .............................................................................................. 38 C.
Lanny Breuer and the Department of Justice .......................................................... 39 D.
Still in the Dark ............................................................................................................ 40 E.
Told Operation Fast and Furious Being Shut Down ................................................ 43 F.
Concerns Communicated to Deputy Assistant Director McMahon ........................ 45 VII.
Reaction of ATF Officials in Mexico .............................................................................. 49 
 
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VIII.
Persistent Consequences of Operation Fast and Furious ........................................ 54
A.
The Murder of Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez ............................................................... 54 B.
The Mexican Helicopter Incident ............................................................................... 57 IX.
Conclusion ........................................................................................................................ 60
 

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