Official Targeted in Fast, Furious Probe Resigns

Darrell Issa says it's high time Gary Grindler left
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 4, 2012 10:03 AM CST
Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler speaks a press conference in this 2010 file photo.   (AP Photo/Drew Angerer)

(Newser) – House Republicans appeared to claim a scalp today in their battle over the Fast and Furious case, as Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler announced his resignation. The administration says Grindler's departure was little more than standard second-term turnover, but Grindler came under harsh criticism in Darrell Issa's investigation, and Issa celebrated the departure as a victory today, Politico reports.

"Gary Grindler was appropriately faulted by his Department’s own Inspector General" for concealing information from his boss and other departments, the House Oversight Committee chairman said. "His departure from the Justice Department is warranted and long overdue." But in his official statement, Eric Holder said only good things about Grindler, thanking him for his "sound advice and personal friendship." (Read more Department of Justice stories.)

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