A ranking Justice Department official named by Republicans in their probes into the botched gunrunning scheme “Fast and Furious” will resign on Friday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a statement late Monday.
Gary Grindler is Holder’s chief of staff and has held a number of other positions, including as acting deputy attorney general. His office oversaw the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led the program that allowed hundreds of illegally purchased weapons into the hands of Mexican cartels as a way of tracking their movements.
But methods for tracking the weapons disintegrated, and missing weapon turned up at the site where a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed in 2010.
Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement:
“Gary has distinguished himself as an exceptional public servant, a trusted adviser, and a principled leader,” Holder said in the statement. “Throughout his tenure — as Acting Deputy Attorney General and as my chief of staff — Gary has played a central role in our work to protect the American people and I will always be grateful for his dedication to the department, his service to our nation, and his sound advice and personal friendship.”