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Fast and Furious probe clears Attorney General Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder is off the hook.The U.S.

Attorney General Eric Holder is off the hook.

The U.S. Justice Department's inspector general released a report Wednesday following a 19-month investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. It found no evidence that the department's top leaders, including Holder, knew of the botched effort to trace the flow of thousands of guns to Mexico's drug cartel before it was made public in January 2011.

One of those weapons was implicated in the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010. Republicans have repeatedly said Holder was to blame.

In the much-anticipated, 471-page report on the program started by President George W. Bush,  14 current federal employees were singled out and could face disciplinary action.

msnbc host Al Sharpton ripped Republicans who voted to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress over documents relating to the Fast and Furious. 

"This is too serious to play setups. Let's have evidence and facts guide our judicial system," said Sharpton.