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Fast and Furious report vindicates, rebuts GOP

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., praised an inspector general's report on the botched Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation, saying during a House Oversight Committee hearing Thursday that it would help restore public faith in the U.S. Justice Department. The report blasts Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials for "a series of misguided strategies, tactics, errors in judgment and management failures." The report vindicates Republican criticisms of the operation, though it also rebuts GOP claims that Attorney General Eric Holder (in photo) knew about Fast and Furious before it was suspended. The report also notes how the first operation began during the Bush administration.