(CNS News) The report on Operation Fast and Furious released today by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General says a member of the White House National Security staff declined to be interviewed for the inspector general’s investigation and that the White House itself did not produce internal documents for the investigation because the White House said it was “beyond the purview” of the inspector general.

The report said that gun traffickers purchased more than 2,000 weapons during Fast and Furious and that U.S. law enforcement officers eventually only recovered about 100 of these because “of a strategy jointly pursued by ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office that deferred taking overt enforcement action against the individual straw purchasers while seeking to build a case against the leaders of the organization.”

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