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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faced a fusillade of questions from the Senate today over the botched gunrunning scandal “Operation Fast and Furious,” in which more than 2,000 guns were allowed to “walk” across the border and into the hands of Mexico’s violent drug cartels.Holder’s appearance this morning, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, is his first since documents emerged indicating the Attorney General may have lied to Congressional investigators about how much and when he knew about Fast and Furious. 30-six Republican members of Congress have called for Holder’s resignation over the scandal.
Holder struggled to defend himself under a sharp line of questioning from Senate Republicans, claiming he never saw July 2010 memos that detail the gunrunning program and first learned about the operation when it was reported by the press earlier this year. He dismissed the allegations as more “Washington gotcha games” that detract from fixing the problems caused by Fast and Furious.
It is an arguably weak defence, given that the memos are addressed specifically to Holder — indicating that he is ultimately responsible for knowing their content — and that one of the memos in question is labelled a “significant” development at DOJ.
Moreover, Holder’s claim that the Republican line of questioning is just more Washington games rings hollow in light of the fact that guns related to the Fast & Furious scandal are still turning up at bloody crime scene on both sides of the border — including the site of the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Holder’s testimony — which did not include an apology — is unlikely to satisfy Congressional Republicans, who are openly out for the AG’s head.
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