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“There seems to be a vast gulf between what outrages the American people and what outrages Lanny Breuer,” he said. “Mr. Breuer showed a complete lack of judgment by failing to object to the gunwalking that he knew about in April 2010.”
Mr. Grassley said if Mr. Breuer had reacted to the gunwalking in Wide Receiver the way most Americans reacted to the gunwalking in Fast and Furious, he would have taken steps to stop it and hold accountable those involved. He said that had that happened, Fast and Furious might have been stopped in its tracks.

“When Mr. Breuer came before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism the day after those revelations, I gave him a chance to explain himself. I listened to what he had to say. He told us that he ‘thought that dealing with the leadership of ATF was sufficient and reasonable,’” Mr. Grassley said. “Clearly, it was not sufficient.”

Mr. Grassley said Mr. Breuer has said he regretted not alerting others within the Justice Department leadership of the tactics used in Operation Wide Receiver when they first came to his attention.

“But what about bringing it to the attention of Congress? He didn’t even step forward to express his regret until emails that detailed his knowledge were about to be produced under congressional subpoena,” Mr. Grassley said. “It is astounding that it took the public controversy over Fast and Furious to help the chief of the Criminal Division realize that walking guns is unacceptable.”

Mr. Grassley said Mr. Breuer had nine months after the Feb. 4 letter to correct the record and 18 months after learning of gunwalking in Wide Receiver to put a stop to it, but he failed to do so.

Mr. Breuer’s failure to be candid and forthcoming before this body irreparably harms his credibility. His complete lack of judgment and failure to deal with gunwalking when he first learned of it in April 2010 was bad enough, but this is the final straw,” Mr. Grassley said. “Mr. Breuer has lost my confidence in his ability to effectively serve the Justice Department.

“If you can’t be straight with Congress, you don’t need to be running the Criminal Division,” he said. “It’s time to stop spinning and start taking responsibility. If Mr. Breuer wants to do the honorable thing, he should resign of his own accord.”