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For Immediate Release
November 8, 2011

New Information About Gunwalking Leak


Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after attorneys for former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke acknowledged that Burke leaked a sensitive document to the press regarding a whistleblower who had come forward with allegations of gunwalking.  The document was deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that it was not provided to Congress, except in a secured room at department headquarters.

In today’s Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing where Attorney General Eric Holder testified, Grassley asked questions about the leaked document and talking points and who was being held accountable.  Holder refused to answer Grassley’s questions.

“Leaking sensitive documents to the press and retaliating against whistleblowers is not good faith cooperation with Congress.  The Justice Department confirmed that the Inspector General continues to investigate the leak which means there are others who may be involved in drafting and distributing the talking points and document to the press.
 
“The Justice Department should not be allowed to continue scapegoating the one person who has resigned.  We’re in contact with Mr. Burke’s attorneys and will continue to seek additional information about the document leak and retaliatory talking points.”