According to a report published on Monday from the Office of the Inspector General concerning the improper disclosure of the U.S. Department of Justice information to a member of the media, U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennise Burke purposefully leaked a document with the intention to smear John Dodson, one of the Operation Fast and Furious whistleblowers.
The IG reports that “Burke’s conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney.”
“We are referring to OPR our finding that Burke violated Department policy in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to a member of the media for a determination of whether Burke’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct for the state bars in which Burke is a member,” the IG wrote.
“We also concluded that Burke’s disclosure of the Dodson memorandum to Levine was likely motivated by a desire to undermine Dodson’s public criticisms of Operation Fast and Furious,” the report continued. “Although Burke denied to congressional investigators that he had any retaliatory motive for his actions, we found substantial evidence to the contrary.”
The report went on to state:
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