Fast and Furious: Eric Holder claims to have apologized to Brian Terry’s family

posted at 4:15 pm on November 11, 2011 by Tina Korbe

But has he actually? That’s the question. Given the recent public reactions to Fast and Furious from the parents of slain border agent Brian Terry, it seems they, at least, are not convinced of Holder’s sincere regret.

In separate interviews yesterday, Kent and Josephine Terry spoke about the program that helped to supply the weapons that killed their son, venting both heartbreak and outrage.

The two were especially torn by Holder’s refusal to apologize to them at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week. At the hearing, Holder openly admitted he had not yet apologized for the Department of Justice’s role — through Operation Fast and Furious — in Terry’s death. When Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas invited him to say he was sorry on the spot, he refused.

“That shows what kind of a person he is,” Kent lamented. “To me, he is not much of a person. I don’t know if he has a son. But if he lost his, he would think different.”

“I sat in a chair and cried,” Josephine said. “It was so inhumane. An apology to anybody means at least they are trying to fix it. He didn’t.”

Now, according to Politico, Holder has sent an apology letter to the Terry family — but The Daily Caller reports not all of the family had seen it by the time of the Politico report:

Terry family attorney Lincoln Combs told TheDC on Friday that Holder’s office sent the letter Wednesday afternoon via email to one of Brian’s sisters, who then forwarded the email to other family members.

Politico wrote Thursday that it had obtained a copy of that letter, along with another that Terry’s family had previously sent to Holder. Brian’s mother Josephine, however, hadn’t seen Holder’s letter by the time the news outlet published its report.

Holder’s e-mailed apology — seemingly issued as much for appearances as out of any kind of genuine remorse, to judge by the speed with which it reached the press – won’t do much to slow the calls for his resignation. Kent and Josephine Terry both want to see the attorney general resign, they said — and they’re joined in that opinion by 39 Congressmen, National Rifle Association president David Keene and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Far from it. In fact, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona is presently organizing a presser to more publicly call for Holder’s resignation, as well as for greater accountability and answers on Fast and Furious. The conference is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. ET next Tuesday. With this presser, Gosar told The Daily Caller, he hopes both to pressure Democrats to stop playing politics with this and to attract more mainstream media attention to Fast and Furious.

Gosar has also said that Holder’s apparent lack of remorse — his total unwillingness to even respond to the calls for him to step down – just underscores the need for his removal. Holder’s pseudo-apology surely won’t change that impression.

Meantime, with or without an apology, Terry’s parents continue to feel the loss of their son painfully keenly.

Kent said[:] “I can see him, as I did that day he came home, with the sun shining in his hair. How do I get closure? I go out to his car. I have a tough time going to the cemetery. He is not supposed to be there. I am. Nobody wants to outlive their son.”

He said he struggles with the death to this day. “It’s just hard. I can’t sleep, just thinking about him — I love him very much.”

Josephine is strong but also still grieves. Each morning she logs onto Brian’s Facebook page and looks at videos he once posted and snapshots of his life.

“It brings me a little closure, like he is still with me,” she said.

Update (Allahpundit): Correction: The Terrys actually broke their silence Wednesday in an interview with CBS News. Here’s the clip:

Update: This post originally mistakenly referred to the above quotes of Kent and Josephine Terry — from an interview with FoxNews.com — as their “first public reactions” to Fast and Furious. In fact, CBS Evening News aired the first interviews Tuesday evening, and an extended report aired on the CBS Early Show on Wednesday morning. The post has been corrected above.


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I don’t just want Holder’s resignation, I want his prosecution. There was no tracking of the guns.

rbj on November 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

Despicable wretches, this administration.

Chuck Schick on November 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM

Despicable, just to try to change a bill, just to try to obtain more gun control, they sacrifice one of our citizens, without a blink of an eye (until caught).
Despicable human beings who think that a human life is at their disposal to promote their liberal philosophies.
Despicable, disgusting, human trash, with absolutely no moral compass…

right2bright on November 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM

It isn’t Holder alone who should be facing serious orange-jumpsuit time in some SuperMax. His goon squads need to behind bars, too.

And his boss.

MrScribbler on November 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Both parents want Holder to resign, citing his response to a question from Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, who asked if Holder thought it was his responsibility to have known about Operation Fast and Furious.

“There are 115,000 employees in the Department of Justice,” Holder said. “I cannot be expected to know the details of every operation on a day-to-day basis.”

To which Kent said: “Holder says he has 115,000 employees. That is his job. If he can’t handle his job, he should get out of it.”

From the article. Pretty much says it all. However, I feel Holder must be held accountable for the deaths that happened under this illegal operation.

jackal40 on November 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Despicable wretches, this administration.

Chuck Schick on November 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM

It’s the most fitting word, as you say it the spittle flies off the tongue and lips, giving the word “despicable” an especially poignant meaning…

right2bright on November 11, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Conspiracy to commit a crime. Accessory to murder. Obstruction of justice. Probably perjury. Plus, he’s dislikeable and arrogant.

a capella on November 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM

All the discussion about demands for his resignation worry me; that’s simply not enough, but I fear it would largely end there.

Midas on November 11, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Politico turns up in a lot of mysteries these days…hmmmm.

d1carter on November 11, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Remember…

without written permission by State, Justice broke the law!

Seven Percent Solution on November 11, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Scum. Bag.

Is this administration over yet? I miss America.

beatcanvas on November 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Why is there not a single senator calling for his removal?

Lily on November 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM

Like I said before, the first GOP candidate to openly pledge to seek the prosecution and imprisonment of this tool gets my vote, no matter who it is.

CurtZHP on November 11, 2011 at 4:30 PM

If Holder did nothing wrong, why did he need to apologize?

Eric, do you have an answer for that?

To those above, Holder is but a symptom of the problem – a pimple on the ass of progress.

It’s his boss that is the Godfather of this criminal organization.

Prosecuting Holder is of no value whatsoever – this is a joint venture in which Holder is a minor player.

turfmann on November 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Every single thing Holder says needs to be prefaced with “Holder claims”.

forest on November 11, 2011 at 4:32 PM

politico??? hahaha

obamanews outlet..

tinkerthinker on November 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Prosecuting Holder is of no value whatsoever – this is a joint venture in which Holder is a minor player.

turfmann on November 11, 2011 at 4:31 PM

Perhaps, but getting him out of office is, in that The Won loses his firewall for the time it takes to get the next one in place and fully plugged in. Plus, it would happen in an election year. OTOH, I’m not sure that having this running sore through 2012 is bad for our election chances, either.

a capella on November 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I don’t just want Holder’s resignation, I want his prosecution. There was no tracking of the guns.

rbj on November 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

And there weren’t any provisions to track the guns, unlike in ‘Bush did it too’ op they’re trying to use as a lame excuse.

As the head of the Obama Administration, El Presidente Downgrade is ultimately responsible for what happens on his watch.

Oddly enough they have yet to find a fall guy in a higher pay grade than Holder, I wonder why?

Chip on November 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

If he sent a letter he probably sent it via the U.S.P.S. with not enough postage.

multiuseless on November 11, 2011 at 4:43 PM

Politico didn’t publish the letter, either. That leaves a few possibilities: (1) The letter doesn’t exist, (2) Domino’s information is poor and the Terry family has already received the letter or (3) Holder leaked it to Politico before he sent the letter or, at the very least, before he ascertained that the Terry family received it. Given Holder’s refusal to apologize up to this point, his primary priority of preserving his own position and the Terrys’ ongoing ache and anger, I’m not betting on (2).

Possibility (3.) sounds to be the most probable.

What I heard on FOX (I think it was last night) was that Holder claims to have apologized to the parents/family but that he notified POLITICO of this vain apology earlier than he contacted the parents. IF he even contacted the parents, as you point out.

Once again, POLITICO is defined as the Obama Administration Leftwing Propaganda Tool that it is.

Why anyone takes POLITICO seriously — other than Axelrod, Holder, Obama, etc. — I’ll never know but it ‘s nothing more than the print outlet for the Obama Administration.

Lourdes on November 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I don’t just want Holder’s resignation, I want his prosecution. There was no tracking of the guns.

rbj on November 11, 2011 at 4:19 PM

DITTO.

Lourdes on November 11, 2011 at 4:45 PM

It isn’t Holder alone who should be facing serious orange-jumpsuit time in some SuperMax. His goon squads need to behind bars, too.

And his boss.

MrScribbler on November 11, 2011 at 4:23 PM

DITTO Part 2.

Lourdes on November 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM

politico??? hahaha

obamanews outlet..

tinkerthinker on November 11, 2011 at 4:38 PM

I guess they deserve the merest modicum of credit, after all this pulled them away from their wall to wall coverage of their attacks on Cain.

Chip on November 11, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Resin? The SOB ought to be in federal prison along with several others in the DOJ and ATF.

GarandFan on November 11, 2011 at 4:47 PM

Some caring comments from the Politico readers.

Family would seem gullible and stupid for regurgitating all that fox news has fed them about the incident.

Sorry for the Terry’s but fast & Furious weapons are just a small part of a huge arsenal of weapons owned by the drug cartels obtained from the US because of our free wheeling gun laws. Agent Terry had a dangerous job and the person who murdered him would have had a weapon one way or other to provide security for whatever illegal action was taking place.

While the agent’s death is a tragedy, we should remember all the other victims of violence made possible, not by a plan gone wrong, but by the lax gun laws in the border states that have fueled the flow of guns to Mexico for many years now. It’s been well established that gun shows in these states are the favorite shopping malls of Mexican cartels looking for weapons.

The NRA and the gun nuts have the blood of all the victims of the Mexican drug cartels on their hands. Effective gun control would cut off the US supply of guns to these terrorists. But the gun nuts and NRA are happy see people like Agent Terry gunned down as long as they get to keep selling guns to the killers.

Right wingers has found a political pawn to further their evil cause. This is a joke.

FOX and others finds families to use for greed and gain. They could care less for this agents family. It’s all about politics. This party only care about the 1%. Obama 2012!

The family is being manipulated by Hannity and the other nuts at Fox.

I wonder how many of the parents of the kids Bush got killed in Iraq he has apologized to? You know, just wondering.

And the High Tech Lynching attempts by the Rabid Right continue.

The biggest issue with this is how the American Taliban Right is using the name of an American that gave his life during the course of his duties for mere political gain. Shame on them.

Not all Tea Party type’s are domestic terrorist but, most domestic terrorist are Tea Party type’s.

Remember, Kids, this is today’s Democrat Party.

Del Dolemonte on November 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

An emailed letter rather than a face to face appology is NOT an appology.

AnotherOpinion on November 11, 2011 at 5:00 PM

they sacrifice one of our citizens, without a blink of an eye…

right2bright

Maybe if folks had paid more attention to Senator Obama’s demanding babies -fully alive and outside the womb -be forced to starve to death, and thought about what kind of people could do such evil things….but it was better to annoint a messiah.

We haven’t yet begun to see what these folks are capable of.

Don L on November 11, 2011 at 5:02 PM

How does this crime and the Media’s coverage measure up to the Media coverage of Perry’s “can’t remember a 3rd Federal Agency that needs closing”, and claims that Perry’s candidacy is over for his forgetfulness ?

Did Perry forget to apologize for contributing to the death of someone ?

JayTee on November 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Perhaps, but getting him out of office is, in that The Won loses his firewall for the time it takes to get the next one in place and fully plugged in. Plus, it would happen in an election year. OTOH, I’m not sure that having this running sore through 2012 is bad for our election chances, either.

a capella on November 11, 2011 at 4:41 PM

I don’t think that Holder will resign. In his mind, he has done nothing wrong, has nothing to apologize for, and certainly not to we conservatives.

And if he did resign, there would be an equally, if not worse, despicable Marxist to take his place.

Holder is only a symptom of the disease that is Barack Obama.

turfmann on November 11, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Holder is prosecuting that Iranian that was planning to kill the Saudi Ambassador. One car dealer, one Mexican drug dealer, one Iranian and $100K and Holder says everyon in Iran knew.

Millions of dollars, multiple agencies, dozens of US Attorneys, hundreds of agents, thousands of guns and even emails to Holder and his top deputies, but he shouldn’t be expected to know about it.

Yeah, right…. BS

barnone on November 11, 2011 at 5:13 PM

Maybe they got the sister’s email from aaaatttttaaaaack waaaaaaaaatch and figured that would be a great way to “apologize.” You know, just send a letter to a random relative, not the parents.

Not the parents???? Are we sure this really came from DOJ?

winoceros on November 11, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I seriously can’t even go to the liberal sewage sites and read their comments. When I do, the problem of reuniting our country seems even more intractable. There’s no way I could ever move my belief system to some median between how I feel now and:

The NRA and the gun nuts have the blood of all the victims of the Mexican drug cartels on their hands. Effective gun control would cut off the US supply of guns to these terrorists. But the gun nuts and NRA are happy see people like Agent Terry gunned down as long as they get to keep selling guns to the killers.

There is absolutely no room for me to moderate and become more like that person. How do we solve this? How can we possibly close the rift?

In all the comments you posted these people act like it’s just a fact that conservatives with weapons are the ones on the streets murdering people. It simply blows my mind how distorted their view of facts are.

preallocated on November 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM

He e-mailed an apology? e-mailed? How absolutely despicable! Give me a break! What, was his phone broken? He couldn’t be bothered to come up with some parchment and a postage stamp?

Yeah, real personal there Holder.

Resignation and prosecution.

… and to those tools at Politico commenting that somehow our gun culture was responsible for this and all the other guns leaking to Mexico — The government was breaking the laws we already have to make this happen. What part of this do you brain-dead morons fail to understand?

AZfederalist on November 11, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Terry family has 3rd party accept apology.

BobMbx on November 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM

But the gun nuts and NRA are happy see people like Agent Terry gunned down as long as they get to keep selling guns to the killers.

Errh…..who sold the gun to Terry’s killer? And who allowed it to pass into Mexico? Who thought this was great idea?

Yeah….sounds just like something the NRA promotes. Ever been to an NRA meeting?

BobMbx on November 11, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Resin? The SOB ought to be in federal prison along with several a LOT of others in the DOJ and ATF.

GarandFan on November 11, 2011 at 4:47 PM

fixed

Eren on November 11, 2011 at 5:48 PM

Do you ever wonder if they just don’t have etiquette class in Chicago? An e-mail does not suffice as a formal communication whether it’s a Thank You Card, an Invitation, or a letter of condolence. Even in the electronic age, we understand that putting pen to paper is symbolic of sincerity. Even with the public knowledge of his insincerity, I think the whole country needs to call “bu(&(*it” on this one!

2nd Ammendment Mother on November 11, 2011 at 6:26 PM

In all the comments you posted these people act like it’s just a fact that conservatives with weapons are the ones on the streets murdering people. It simply blows my mind how distorted their view of facts are.

preallocated on November 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM

These people are a product of the Democrat Education System. Many of them are taught to believe what they believe (in the lower grades these days, Howard Zinn’s warped version of American History is never questioned, for instance) and then when they get to Higher Education they’re old enough for Noam Chumpsky.

And let’s not forget where they get their programming from when they’re not in School.

Del Dolemonte on November 11, 2011 at 6:52 PM

A perp walk for all those involved is the only apology acceptable.

chickasaw42 on November 11, 2011 at 7:33 PM

An “e-mail” apology?

Holder never saw it, let alone wrote it.

And if Cornyn hadn’t brought it up, even that e-mail would have never been generated by the GS-5 sitting down the hall from Holder’s suite.

An e-mail?

Classy. Real classy.

Putz.

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Have to wonder if that e-mail wasn’t written in “text speak.”

coldwarrior on November 11, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Hey, Terrys….well, like Im kinda sorry and stuff but will you quit being unreasonable and distracting everyone with your sob stories and start asking for some more gun control and stuff?
/Eric Holder

ted c on November 11, 2011 at 7:55 PM

I seriously can’t even go to the liberal sewage sites and read their comments. When I do, the problem of reuniting our country seems even more intractable. There’s no way I could ever move my belief system to some median between how I feel now and:

There is absolutely no room for me to moderate and become more like that person. How do we solve this? How can we possibly close the rift?

In all the comments you posted these people act like it’s just a fact that conservatives with weapons are the ones on the streets murdering people. It simply blows my mind how distorted their view of facts are.

preallocated on November 11, 2011 at 5:25 PM

How do you reason with unreasonable people? It’s a waste of time. As a friend of mine named James says, “Don’t argue with people who are wrong.” I stopped going to Leftie websites years ago – they have a completely close-minded, self-righteous cult mentality. When Righties disagree with them, rather than see them as decent, sincere people who are misguided only in their opinions, they see them as evil people.

Lefties are nuts – dangerously so, as Michael Savage correctly put it. Remember, according to them, the Tea Party ralliers were a social threat, but the OWS camps are “peaceful” ROFL.The overwhelming majority of Lefties at Leftist sites are angry and unhappy, don’t care that they are, and they really don’t like answering questions they know will corner them – it doesn’t matter how polite you are, you can pretty much guarantee that you’ll get booted if they sense that you might be a Conservative.

I always find it hilarious when I see another Leftie say that Jesus was one of them. How many good Conservatives were in the mob that chose Barabbas’ life, a murderer, over Jesus’? Tough question, eh? :) For them, it is. Many of these idiots deny they are socialists, but can’t put 2 and 2 together and figure out what it means that 0bamessiah expressed sympathy with OWS, an anti-capitalistism movement calling for world rev0luti0n against the current system, that socialist Bernie Sanders would chose death over siding with the GOP in the Senate but he’s quite comfortable caucusing with the Dems, and that the Communist Party USA endorsed 0bamessiah in 2008, and has already done so for 2012!!! Do you see any prominent Democrat trying to distance their Party from the CPUSA? LOL

How can you close any rift you might have with people like that?

PS I was just at the OWS, and I wanted to post the following that I saw there because it’s a great indicator of how utterly helpless and pathetic these jealous people are. These leeches are worse than useless.

If you agree that a person is entitled to the sweat of their brows, that being talented at management should not entitle others to act like overseers and overlords,, that all workers should have the right to engage in decisions, democratically, then you might be one of us.

Bizarro No. 1 on November 11, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Holder belongs in jail.

petefrt on November 12, 2011 at 6:47 AM

I can hear all the talking lib heads now…see, see, Holder already apologized. Bush started it. He found out about it in the news just like Shrillary.

Kissmygrits on November 12, 2011 at 11:49 AM

If anyone other then the government would have sold guns this way . ATF DOJ FBI and all the rest of the alphabet soup of government angencies would be all over that person trying to put them in jail for EVER.
BUT because is the government nothing will happen. I sure in the hell hope that some smart lawyer out there is able to use this in a way to get everyone that is in prison for gun running chargers released because the Gov has violated the 14th ammendment. The Gov is not being held to the same standards that it holds WE the people to. If we do nothing and let this ride its our own fault we have lost our constitutional republic and handed it over to an Oligarchy.

ColdWarrior57 on November 13, 2011 at 12:35 AM