It’s unbelievable that Attorney General Eric Holder still has a job. On the news they just played a clip of his testimony before the House Oversight Committee and he said he cannot conduct a full investigation of Operation Fast and Furious at this time. He also said that the weapons that were allowed to walk across the border into Mexico in the hands of criminals will show up at crime scenes for years to come.
Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that weapons lost during the course of the failed “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation will continue to show up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico “for years to come.”
Holder, in testimony on Capitol Hill that comes as the congressional investigation into the program expands, decried the “gun-walking” tactic used in the operation as “inexcusable” and “wholly unacceptable.” But a day after an influential senator called for the resignation of one of Holder’s top deputies over the scandal, Holder denied department leaders played any role in the crafting of “Fast and Furious.”
He continued to assert that top Justice officials were not told about the “inappropriate tactics” until they were made public.
Still, the top law enforcement official in the country conceded that, as a result of “Fast and Furious,” guns lost by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives remain in the hands of criminals.
“Although the department has taken steps to ensure that such tactics are never used again, it is an unfortunate reality that we will continue to feel the effects of this flawed operation for years to come,” he said. “Guns lost during this operation will continue to show up at crime scenes on both sides of the border.”
Read the whole thing, there are also calls for Lanny Breuer, who headed the department’s criminal division, to resign over his role in providing false documents to Congress.
Earlier this week, Rep. Darryl Issa expanded the investigation after reports that the Drug Enforcement Agency was helping Mexican cartels launder money. Also this week, evidence surfaced indicating that the ATF planned to use Operation Fast and Furious as a means to promote new gun regulations.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched a new website where you can follow the latest news on the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. You can also watch live Committee hearings here. It should be interesting viewing.
Update: Here’s Holder testifying about the meaning of “lying,” it all depends on your state of mind.
Update 2: Linked by Republican Redefined – thanks!
Update: Here’s more video from the hearing. There’s evidence that Operation Fast and Furious has been responsible for the murder of Mexican officials. Imagine if another country conducted such a reckless and illegal operation and let these weapons “walk” into the US.