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On Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time that not only he but also other higher-ups at the Justice Department were not aware of the operation as it was being carried out. Holder also suggested politics could be a driving force behind Republican lawmakers' forceful inquiries into the matter.
"The notion that somehow or other this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that. ... I don't think is supported by the facts," Holder told reporters at an unrelated press conference in Washington. "It's kind of something I think certain members of Congress would like to see, the notion that somehow or other high-level people in the department were involved. As I said, I don't think that is going to be shown to be the case -- which doesn't mean that the mistakes were not serious."
A spokeswoman for the Republican leading a congressional investigation described Holder's comments as baseless "whining," and earlier Wednesday the House Republican himself said the issue is about more than who knew what, when. "Whenever you talk about human mistakes, you have to say, 'What was in the system that allowed that human mistake to go on and perpetuate itself?'" Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
Originally posted by anon72
Well, I don't know what is worse in this matter. Being involved and lying..... Or not being involved and looking like a idiot. In this case... I think Holder is in big trouble. This isn't some minor issue that can be brushed away.
McCain on Wednesday asked the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee for a hearing as soon as possible on the operation, known as "Fast and Furious." McCain, a member of the committee, wrote in a letter that the panel must "ensure further damage from this operation does not persist."
Originally posted by TDawgRex
reply to post by anon72
I'm wondering why CBS is not continueing to do follow ups on this story since they broke it. It's like they handed it off to FOX, maybe afraid that they would lose even more veiwership, what little they have.
If I were in Issa's shoes, I would be charging Holder with sedition at a minimum. THAT would get the medias attention.
I missed last nights debate, was this issue even brought up?