Former Maryland federal prosecutor resigns from Justice Department after Fast & Furious report

A former Maryland assistant U.S. attorney resigned today in the wake of an internal watchdog report on the ATF's botched gun operation known as "Fast and Furious."

The U.S. Justice Department's Inspector General on Wednesday referred 14 employees, including Jason Weinstein, a senior aide to Lanny Breuer and former federal prosecutor in Baltimore, for possible internal discipline.

Read the report from Reuters here.

After the news broke, Weinstein's attorneys sent out several documents that they say refute the Inspector General's findings. 

Read Weinstein's resignation letter here. 

A "fact sheet" that Weinstein says "identifies the most egregious inaccuracies" in the report. 

A letter on Weinstein's legacy from retired Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III. 

“It is a horribly sad day for this country when a professional who has dedicated his life to law enforcement and the rule of law falls victim to criticism that is so profoundly wrong and so deeply flawed," his attorney, former Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich, said in a statement. "Jason Weinstein served his country well and ably, in this as in everything else he touched over the past 15 years. He was not a mind reader and he could not divine that people who provided him information about Fast and Furious were not playing it straight with him. And because of that, he has to leave the Department he loves. We should all feel a great sense of loss that the toxic political environment and a badly flawed report have produced this result.”

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