“Holder is doubling down on corruption and stupidity — blaming gun shop dealers again, despite the fact that licensees were key in exposing Fast and Furious.”
By Dell Hill via Michelle Malkin
Holder is on the hot seat today, testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the scandal that has become known as “Fast & Furious”. Michelle Malkin has this story covered. Click on that link to stay up to the minute.
Fast and Furious: Holder “regrets” lies, condemns “distraction,” redistributes the blame
Forget the circus. Here’s the real scandal. Attorney General Eric Holder is on the hot seat this morning at the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sen. Charles Grassley is pressing Holder on continued Fast and Furious stonewalling and lies. Holder has just dismissed as a “distraction” the scrutiny of his false testimony over when he knew what. (See Matt Boyle for background, opening prepared statements.)
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Philip Klein notes Holder’s concession this morning:
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder conceded this morning that under his leadership, agents allowed guns to “walk” into Mexico, where they ended up in the hands of drug lords, and he said that the effects of this mistake would be felt for years to come.
“I want to be clear: any instance of so-called ‘gun-walking’ is simply unacceptable,” Holder said in his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary committee. “Regrettably, this tactic was used as part of Fast and Furious, which was launched to combat gun trafficking and violence on our Southwest Border. This operation was flawed in concept, as well as in execution. And, unfortunately, we will feel its effects for years to come as guns that were lost during this operation continue to show up at crime scenes both here and in Mexico.”
When will Holder feel some effects and consequences?
Holder asserts this morning: “”Fast and Furious was a flawed response TO, not cause OF’ the problem of U.S. guns going to Mexico.” Setting up for more gun control, Holder says the solution is more money for DOJ and more enforcement “tools” for the government.
In July, DOJ engaged in its first gun control head fake.
Reminder: “In the wake of swelling outrage over the Obama administration’s fatally botched Fast and Furious straw gun purchase racket, the DOJ is punishing the very whistleblowers who protested the scheme in the first place. This is a head fake. Instead of exercising more control over lawless bureaucrats within its own agencies, the Obama administration is tightening its grip over law-abiding gun shops.”
Holder is doubling down on corruption and stupidity — blaming gun shop dealers again, despite the fact that licensees were key in exposing Fast and Furious.
Grassley is not having it. He stated this morning: “This tragedy should not be used to call for more gun control.” And added: “It doesn’t matter how many laws we pass if those in charge of enforcing them don’t do their duty!
Holder brags this morning about how DOJ has handled Fast and Furious: “I took action.”
Yes: To cover it up.