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William Newell, Former ATF Special Agent in Charge Phoenix Field Division, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Lorren Leadmon, ATF Intelligence Operations Specialist, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Carlos Canino, ATF acting attaché to Mexico, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" firearms trafficking investigation on Capitol Hill on July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Jose Wall, ATF senior special agent, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" firearms trafficking investigation on Capitol Hill on July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Darren Gil, former ATF attaché to Mexico, is seen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" firearms trafficking investigation on Capitol Hill on July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Ranking Member Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., left, and Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., listen to opening statements from the witnesses during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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From left, Jose Wall, ATF Senior Special Agent, Carlos Canino, ATF Acting Attaché to Mexico, Lorren Leadmon, ATF Intelligence Operations Specialist, William Newell, Former ATF Special Agent in Charge listen during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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From left, Jose Wall, ATF Senior Special Agent, Carlos Canino, ATF Acting Attach to Mexico, Lorren Leadmon, ATF Intelligence Operations Specialist, William Newell, Former ATF Special Agent in Charge, and William McMahon, ATF Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations, are sworn in during a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing looking into the Justice Department's firearms trafficking investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C., Tuesday, July 26, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, wants the Justice Department to halt Utah's guest-worker program for illegal immigrants, calling it "unconstitutional." (Associated Press)

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Dani Moore keeps her service rat, Hiyo Silver, on her shoulder in Hesperia, Calif. On March 15, the Department of Justice announced a new set of guidelines for its Americans With Disabilities Act that limits service animals to dogs and some miniature horses. (Associated Press)

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Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent SA has agreed to pay more than $137 million to settle charges brought against it by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice.(AP Photo/Francois Mori, file)

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Attorney General Eric Holder, accompanied by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, speaks Thursday at the Justice Department in Washington following an U.S.-EU Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. answers questions Monday during a news conference at the Justice Department about the sucesses of "Operation Broken Trust," a federal task force targeting investment fraud. (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announcing the results of "Operation Broken Trust," a three-and-a-half-month operation targeting investment fraud, at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Department of Justice Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, seen in 2008, gained a reputation for independence while handling tough issues during the Clinton, George W. Bush and Obama administrations.

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Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said Tuesday that the ATF's bid to reduce the flow of weapons from the U.S. to Mexico's drug gangs suffered from "significant weaknesses." (Associated Press)

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Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. (left), accompanied by U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez (right) of the District of Puerto Rico and FBI Executive Director Shawn Henry, answers questions during a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010. Earlier in the day, FBI agents arrested scores of Puerto Rican police officers for allegedly aiding drug dealers. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix on Thursday hands back to one of his deputies an Associated Press news report stating that the Justice Department is suing Sheriff Arpaio, contending the Arizona lawman refused for more than a year to turn over records in an investigation into allegations the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office discriminates against Hispanics.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Jack Smith, the Department of Justice's chief of the Public Integrity Section, has been brought in to restore the elite unit's credibility. "I left the dream job for a better one," he said.

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From left, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division Ignacia Moreno, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division Tony West and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi Don Burkhalter announce that the Justice Department has launched a criminal investigation into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in New Orleans, Tuesday, June 1, 2010. (AP Photo/Cheryl Gerber)