After an 18-month investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, a Republican congressional draft report says five officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives share much of the blame for what went wrong with the gun-smuggling probe in Arizona.
The first of what will be three reports says many people in the chain of command at ATF are responsible, but the investigation singled out five key figures in the controversy.
The five range from the special agent in charge of the ATF's Phoenix field division up to the agency's director.
In Fast and Furious, ATF agents tracked suspected low-level "straw" buyers of weapons instead of arresting to try to find gun-trafficking ringleaders. Agents often failed to track the guns and the weapons wound up at crime scenes.
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