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Patrick Cunningham, Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Chief resigns in the aftermath of Barack Obama’s (@BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama) Operation Fast and Furious

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Report of Investigation Concerning the Improper Disclosure of U.S. Department of Justice Information to a Member of the Media
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Office of the Inspector General

Oversight and Review Division

May 2013
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https://oig.justice.gov/reports/2013/s1305.pdf
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On April 5, 2011, Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division Chief Patrick Cunningham, who was assisting in the review of Operation Fast and Furious documents for production to Congress, sent an e-mail to Associate Deputy Attorney General Matthew Axelrod and copied Burke and several other lawyers in the Department’s Criminal Division and the U.S. Attorney’s Office

Cunningham attached two e-mails from Dodson, including one that Dodson had sent to his supervisor forwarding the memorandum containing the undercover proposal

Cunningham wrote,

enclosed are the two Dodson e-mails I spoke of last week on our call regarding the Issa letter, now subpoena . . . it seem [sic] to me that these e-mails may be responsive to the subpoena paragraph 8 which asks for documents regarding the

‘failure to maintain operational control over weapons purchased by known or suspected straw buyers . . .’

What do you think?

One of the recipients of the e-mail commented,

“And that’s his whistleblower?” (emphasis in original)

Burke replied,

Yep

Unbelievable

This guy called Grassley and CBS to unearth what he in fact was proposing to do by himself

When you thought the hypocrisy of this whole matter had hit the limit already . . .

On April 20, 2011, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley sent an e-mail to Cunningham with a copy to Burke about one of several attachments to an earlier letter that Sen. Grassley had sent to the Department

In that letter, Sen. Grassley described what he considered “mounting evidence” his office had received that ATF had allowed firearms to “walk,” and reiterated his request for information and documents about Operation Fast and Furious

Hurley described one of the attachments to Sen. Grassley’s letter as consisting of
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9. Paragraph 8 of the congressional subpoena requested,

Documents and communications relating to complaints or objections by ATF agents about:

(1) encouraging, sanctioning, or otherwise allowing FFLs to sell firearms to known or suspected straw buyers,

(2) failure to maintain surveillance on known or suspected straw buyers,

(3) failure to maintain operational control over weapons purchased by known or suspected straw buyers,

or

(4) letting known or suspected straw buyers with American guns enter Mexico
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redacted reports from [an] ATF case . . . This was an operation that John Dodson was running

Dodson got approval from ATF ASAC Needles to allow guns to go to the suspect

The [U.S. Attorney’s Office] did not approve this investigation

The reports are not part of Fast and Furious

The attachments were in fact reports of investigation from Dodson’s case that described the conduct of the undercover operation proposed in the Dodson memorandum

The Department made a redacted version of the Dodson memorandum available to Congressional investigators on June 21, 2011, as part of a larger production of documents

Congressional investigators were not permitted to make a copy of the memorandum but could only review it in Department of Justice office space

On June 22, 2011, the Department provided a version of the Dodson memorandum to the U.S. Attorney’s Office that indicated the redactions that had been made before making it available for Congressional investigators
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pg. 8
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17. On January 19, 2012, in response to a deposition scheduled by congressional investigators, Cunningham asserted his Fifth Amendment privilege not to be compelled to be a witness against himself

Cunningham subsequently resigned from the U.S.
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pg. 12
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Attorney’s Office and declined our request for a follow-up interview on matters related to Operation Fast and Furious
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pg. 13
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