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.


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About time they’re paying some attention to the death of ICE agent Zapata

Vince on February 29, 2012 at 3:48 PM

Holder either was incompetent at responding to the Terry murder and Congressional inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious, or he has something to hide.

It is not either / or. BOTH.

antisocial on February 29, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Liar liar!

KOOLAID2 on February 29, 2012 at 4:04 PM

“Hey, I stopped killing women.”

-Ted Bundy Kennedy

portlandon on February 29, 2012 at 12:19 PM

cptacek on February 29, 2012 at 4:33 PM

We should take Holder to the middle of Tijuana or Monterey and dump him out on the street and see how long he lasts. That would be justice.

elm on February 29, 2012 at 4:34 PM

slamming his hand on the committee room table he was sitting at

Holder used an old lawyer’s trick: “If you have the facts on your side, pound the facts. If you have the law on your side, pound the law. If you have neither on your side, pound the table.”

scrubjay on February 29, 2012 at 5:12 PM

A visibly frustrated Attorney General Eric Holder slammed the table when responding to a question about Operation Fast and Furious

U mad bro?

cicerone on February 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Congressman Issa Sir, “WE THE PEOPLE” DEMAND to know when THAT LYING RACIST IN THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE is going to be ARRESTED and put on TRIAL
for PERJURY, LYING TO CONGRESS and TREASON?

ARIZONAVETERAN on February 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM

arrest him, multiple charge him, he’ll sing like a canary, and maybe we can get all the crooks out of office all at once…..
ahl-bombya is in this up to his eyeballs! along with hillary, napolitano, lotsa blame to go around….
song

songman727 on March 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

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