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ATF Officials Formerly in Phoenix Reportedly Blamed (Yet Again) in "Gunwalking" Scandal

See also: Top ATF Officials in Phoenix Replaced in Wake of "Gunwalking" Scandal
See also: "Fast and Furious" Guns Tracked to More Violent Crimes in Arizona

A trio of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives managers formerly in the Phoenix office are reportedly being singled out for blame in the fouled-up "Fast and Furious" operation.

Fox News, which got a special delivery of a Justice Department inspector general report that hasn't yet been made public, says "[m]uch of the blame" in the report is directed at then-agent in charge Bill Newell, supervisor Dave Voth, and case agent Hope MacAllister.

The public has tried to figure out what the hell happened with the operation for nearly two years now, as the ATF allowed guns to be sold illegally so they could track them, and eventually catch Mexican cartel leaders.

That didn't quite work out, since the guns were lost, and used in crimes -- including in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The report apparently pegs the Phoenix office for making the whole "Fast and Furious" plan, although attorneys for Newell, Voth, and MacAllister told Fox News that it was part of a larger strategy.

Newell, Voth, and MacAllister were each transferred to different offices more than a year ago.

The three have also been brought up in several anecdotes in the past couple of years as the story has expanded, and even recently, the first part of the House Oversight Committee's report released a few weeks ago called out Newell (page 140), saying he knew exactly what was going on in "Fast and Furious," and repeatedly doubting his competence at his job.

The second part of the committee's report will include a section on former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned his post in August after getting caught up in the debacle.

The actual Justice Department report isn't due out for another couple weeks, so we'll have to wait till then to check out Fox's claims

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