“Those are extraordinarily difficult situations, but the one thing I was taught as a prosecutor when I was sworn in as an assistant U.S. attorney is: You follow the law. You follow the facts and the evidence where they lead,” Horowitz said. “You need to put aside issues of friendship, issues of partisanship, certainly. You need to be non-ideological. You need to be nonpartisan. You need to be independent.”
One of Horowitz’s first orders of business is to issue a semi-annual report to Congress on the IG office’s activities. He said that report will be issued on June 1.
Among the ongoing investigations is the Fast and Furious operation. The program was aimed at tracking weapons from the United States to Mexico but guns used in the operations were later discovered at the scene of the killing of a U.S. border agent.
Horowitz also has on his agenda the overarching issues on DoJ’s top management challenges, including counter-terrorism, border security and protecting civil rights and civil liberties. Finding cost and performance efficiencies is also high on the agency’s priorities list.
Horowitz will report directly to Attorney General Eric Holder. He said the IG’s job is “not to make policy or decide policy issues, but rather to bring forward reports and put forward information that allows policymakers to take a look and decide if certain programs are effectively run.”