Skip to comments.Holder loses cool during House hearing when asked about Fast and Furious
Posted on 03/01/2012 3:10:36 AM PST by marktwain
A visibly frustrated Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the table when responding to a question about Operation Fast and Furious during a Tuesday budget hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.
That was a fundamentally flawed program, fundamentally flawed, Holder said of Fast and Furious. And, I think that I can agree with some of my harshest critics that there are legitimate issues that need to be explored with regard in which the way Fast and Furious was carried out.
But, I think one thing that also has to be understood is that once this was brought to my attention Holder said before slamming his hand on the committee room table he was sitting at I stopped it. I stopped it.
During an interview with Fox News host Megyn Kelly shortly after Holders comments, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa the lead congressional investigator into the Fast and Furious scandal with Sen. Chuck Grassley said he and others in Congress dont think Holder is telling the full truth.
Well, certainly one of the reasons we doubt the legitimacy of that claim is, on Feb. 4 , we received what was in fact an untruthful, a lie, a false letter that has now been retracted, Issa said. Lanny Breuer, one of his chief aides and number three at Justice, was in Mexico lobbying for more gun-walking. Additional evidence shows that [U.S. agent] Jaime Zapata was killed with a similar program weapon. In other words, this was a policy change that happened and continued up until fairly recently. We need to get to the bottom of it.
In addition, Issa said that if Holder wants to show hes cooperating with the congressional investigation and is interested in really ending gun-walking, hed fork over the rest of the lawfully-subpoenaed documents hes still hiding from Congress. (RELATED: Full coverage of Eric Holder)
The inspector general at Justice has 80,000 pages and we have 6,000 pages, but even in those 6,000 pages we find damning evidence that high-ranking people in Justice knew all along and not only didnt stop this program, but believed in it, Issa said.
Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, overseen by Holders DOJ. It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers people who legally purchased guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.
At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The identities of the Mexican victims are unknown. Allegations have surfaced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was also killed with Fast and Furious weapons. Many members of Congress have demanded Holders resignation or firing over the scandal, arguing that he either should have known about it, or did know about it and is trying to cover up the evidence. They also point to how nobody has been held accountable for the operation more than a full year after the DOJ provided false information to Congress, and even longer since Terry was murdered.
As the two lists dont perfectly overlap, 103 members of the House have called for Holders resignation, signed an official resolution of no confidence in Holder, or both. Three U.S. senators, two sitting governors and all major Republican presidential candidates have called for Holders resignation or firing, too.
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I think Wayne LaPierre said it best:
“All that first term, lip service to gun owners is just part of a massive Obama conspiracy to deceive voters and hide his true intentions to destroy the Second Amendment during his second term. We see the presidents strategy crystal clear: Get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearms freedom, erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.”
“Obama simply doesnt recognize the Constitution.”
“Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan are two of the most rabid anti-gun justices in history. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a foe of gun rights. And with the possibility of two or more Supreme Court justice positions opening during the next four years, gun ownership would be in jeopardy if Mr. Obama stays in office. If we get one more like those three, the Second Amendment is finished Itll be the end of our freedom forever.’
All of it could be lost if Barrack Obama is re-elected. Its all or nothing.
Meanwhile we got Obamawalker illegit prez parading his IRan and Afghanistan appology walker all over.
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” How could he stop what he swears he didn’t know about?”
yeah...really what's with his nose???looks like a girl.
The old rule of lawyering: When facts are on your side, argue the facts. When the law is on your side, argue the law. When neither is on your side, pound the table.
"Ayyyyyy! He had cool to lose?"
Don’t bet on it. They don’t call Republicans “The Stupid Party” for nothing. They’re pretty gutless, too.
Who's going to do that?
Erica had better watch her ass. If I were her, I wouldn’t be flying on any government planes, especially overseas. She might end up poor Ronita Brown.......
They were trying to get guns out of the hands of patriots. Patriots that will eventually have to forcibly, possibly violently, remove them from office like a metasticized cancer. This is serious business, even in this day of media lies, facebook, twitter, Survivor, and MTV Cribs et al.....
Holder said before slamming his hand on the committee room table ,was all fear Holder ? Very soon, Holder will start calling on the black panthers,to attend hearings, to intimidate congress, with night sticks .
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You are always welcome, GOPJ, and I appreciate that you always respond, even if I don’t say it often enough.
That alone would lead to impeachment or resignation. He didn’t know about it until deaths and news stories. Are his subordinates intentionally keeping him in the dark or is he just totally incompetent. Either way, bye,bye.