WASHINGTON - The failed US gun-running probe known as "Fast and Furious" was marred by missteps and an "inherently reckless strategy" from the beginning, said a report released on Tuesday by congressional Republicans.
The Justice Department dismissed the report released by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said it reiterated "distortions and now-debunked conspiracy theories."
The report is the first installment of a three-part series on the program that has been a main focus of Republican attacks on the Obama administration's law-enforcement record.
The Republican-led House of Representatives in June cited US Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over thousands of pages of documents related to the program.