DOJ Leaked Docs to Smear Fast & Furious Whistleblower, Says IG

Breitbart reports yet another Obama/Holder scandal — with direct Arizona ties …

The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday
that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document
intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

The DOJ IG said it found “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to
be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S.
Attorney.”

“We are referring to OPR our finding that Burke violated Department policy in
disclosing the Dodson memorandum to a member of the media for a determination of
whether Burke’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for the state
bars in which Burke is a member,” the IG wrote.

Burke resigned from his post as U.S. Attorney over the incident in August 2011,
the first major Department of Justice official to leave his or her post in the
Fast and Furious scandal. He said after the fact, in interviews with
congressional investigators, that he now views leaking the document as a
“mistake.”

In addition to Burke’s involvement in leaking the document, emails the IG
uncovered show senior officials at the Department of Justice discussed smearing
Dodson.

One of those was Tracy Schmaler, the Director of the Department’s Office of
Public Affairs, who resigned her position at the DOJ after emails uncovered
through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request showed that she worked with
leftwing advocacy group Media Matters for America to smear whistleblowers and
members of Congress and the media who sought to investigate DOJ scandals under
Attorney General Eric Holder.

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