Holder: I’m the guy who stopped Fast & Furious
posted at 12:10 pm on February 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
And … he’s also the Attorney General who was in charge when it was put into place, and the Attorney General who refused to provide Congress with documentation on Operation Fast and Furious until threatened with subpoenas and contempt, and the Attorney General who didn’t see fit to make any personnel changes after the ATF sent almost two thousand weapons over the border into the hands of the drug cartels.
What was Eric Holder’s point again? Oh, yeah, that he’s responsible:
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.”
Count Darrell Issa among the unimpressed. In the video clip above, Issa reminds Megyn Kelly that Holder’s DoJ made misleading representations to Congress that bordered on flat-out lies, and that the DoJ was touting Fast and Furious until the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry exposed the program’s incompetence or worse when it came to accounting for the weapons.
Holder either was incompetent at responding to the Terry murder and Congressional inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious, or he has something to hide. Either way, he doesn’t get credit for shutting down an operation that took place entirely on his watch that never should have taken place at all.