U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is in some hot water over operation "Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives botched gun trafficking sting.
Last week, U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith wrote a letter to President Barack Obama asking that he appoint a special counsel to investigate whether Holder lied when he testified before Congress about"Fast and Furious," and now California Congressman Darrell Issa is placing responsibility for the fed's faux-pas directly on Holder's shoulders.
In a letter Issa wrote to Holder, released yesterday, the congressman tells the AG "Whether you realize yet or not, you own Fast and Furious. It is your responsibility."
See Issa's letter in its entirety here.
Issa already has said he wants Holder to return to Congress to give sworn testimony because he is frustrated with what he calls "a roving set of ever-changing explanations to justify [the Justice Department's] involvement in this reckless and deadly program."
It appears Holder may have lied about when he knew about the failed sting, which put at least 1,500 firearms in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. There's a good chance that one of those 1,500 firearms was used to kill Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
In May, Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee, claiming that he hadn't even heard of "Fast and Furious" until April of this year.
"I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Holder testified -- under oath -- in May.
However, Smith says according to documents he was given by the Department of Justice, Holder knew of the operation -- and was receiving weekly briefings about it from the National Drug Intelligence Center -- in July of 2010 at the very latest.
See our story on the matter here.
According to Issa, whose Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been pegged with investigating the failed sting, "the facts simply do not support any claim that Fast and Furious did not reach the highest levels of the Justice Department. Actually, Fast and Furious did reach the ultimate authority in the Department - [Holder]."
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