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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

No Surprise - Justice Department Finds No Proof of Targeting Gun Shops in Operation Choke Point

The Daily Signal reports that a U.S. Justice Department Investigation has found the department did not deliberately target firearm and ammunition manufacturers and retailers with Operation Choke Point:
“Based on the results of this inquiry, [the Office of Professional Responsibility] concluded that Department of Justice attorneys involved in Operation Choke Point did not engage in professional misconduct,” wrote Deputy Counsel G. Bradley Weinsheimer, in the report issued July 7.

The investigation did, however, find evidence that Justice Department employees “seem to disparage payday lending practices” and were “clearly pleased” by the effect Operation Choke Point was having on the payday lending industry.
Kind of looks like the fox guarding the hen house.  The congressman (Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo) who requested the investigation is having none of it however:
Luetkemeyer said the Office of Professional Responsibility “blew off” what was the intent of his request, “which was to investigate those people whose actions were illegal and inappropriate.”
Luethemeyer this is not going to go a way and promised to keep pushing to get the answers.

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