House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa says wiretap applications reviewed and approved by senior Justice Department officials should have tipped them off about the dangerous tactics being used in the "Fast and Furious" operation.
"I recognize that, in the dynamic of internal investigations of this nature, particularly when they become enmeshed in politicized Congressional hearings, it is virtually inevitable that someone must be singled out for blame, whether the facts support it or not," he said in the letter.
Meanwhile, Issa seized on Horowitz's findings as vindication in the previously murky battle over the importance of the wiretap applications, with his office asking in a press release whether Holder and other Democrats who downplayed their significance were "willfully misleading to the American people or just plain wrong?"
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on the Oversight panel who vigorously argued the wiretap applications should not have raised red flags, noted in his questioning of Horowitz that wiretap applications for Wide Receiver similarly contained warning signs and were approved anyway.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, along with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, right, and Annette Tilleman-Dick, left, wife for former Rep. Tom Lanots, D-Calif. Clinton was honored with the Tom Lantos Human Rights Prize during a ceremony last week at the Cannon House Office Building. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama and Elie Wiesel.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.