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Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz goes before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee a day after he faulted the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) ** FILE **

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** FILE ** Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the law enforcement actions of the Medicare Fraud Strike Force as Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. listens at the Justice Department on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, wants the Justice Department to release information on gunrunning operations in Texas and the source of guns in the 2011 killing of a U.S. agent. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican, wants the Justice Department to release information on gunrunning operations in Texas and the source of guns in the 2011 killing of a U.S. agent. (Associated Press)

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, hears Sept. 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill in Washington from Inspector General Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's internal watchdog, the day after he issued a report faulting the department for disregard of public safety in "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' program that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. (Associated Press)

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Department of Justice headquarters in Washington (Associated Press)

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said the possibility exists that Justice Department officials were aware of a memo from an ATF agent in Phoenix on Feb. 3 and still sent its erroneous denial letter Feb. 4. The latter was later disavowed. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, said the possibility exists that Justice Department officials were aware of a memo from an ATF agent in Phoenix on Feb. 3 and still sent its erroneous denial letter Feb. 4. The latter was later disavowed. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Pat Meehan (second from left), Pennsylvania Republican, calls June 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill for the release of additional Justice Department documents as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Pat Meehan (second from left), Pennsylvania Republican, calls June 20, 2012, on Capitol Hill for the release of additional Justice Department documents as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee considers whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., along with Deputy Attorney General James Cole (left), speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after meeting with Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to try to reach an agreement about Justice Department documents relating to the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after meeting with Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to try to reach an agreement about Justice Department documents relating to the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, met with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department on the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, met with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department on the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat and ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, after Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and committee chairman, met with Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department on the botched anti-gunrunning operation known as Fast and Furious. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks to the media after meeting with Attorney General Eric H. Holder at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, June 19, 2012, to try to reach an agreement on obtaining documents from the Justice Department about the botched anti-gunrunning Fast and Furious operation. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)