Attorney General Eric Holder got a bruising reception from the Republican-dominated House Judiciary Committee that put the Justice Department on the defensive.
Holder answered questions about the botched gun trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious" in which federal agents tried to build cases against drug cartels. Instead, they lost track of hundreds of weapons that turned up at crime scenes along the Southwest border.
California Republican Darrell Issa, who has led the investigation of Fast and Furious, sought — without success — to force the attorney general to take a formal oath to tell the truth.
He later declared Holder a hostile witness...More at NPR
Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz hasn’t yet called for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation or firing over Operation Fast and Furious, but he offered strong words for the embattled attorney general in a Wednesday interview with The Daily Caller.
Chaffetz told TheDC that Holder’s allegation that critics are motivated by racism was a “ridiculous assertion.”
“The Attorney General is always involved in very serious matters,” Chaffetz said. “It’s the nature of the job. If he can’t handle it and thinks it’s somehow based on something other than his performance, maybe it is time for him to get another job.”
In a front page New York Times story on Sunday, Holder alleged that some of his critics — a group he referred to as the “more extreme segment” — are motivated by racism. “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder said of criticism he has received for the Fast and Furious scandal. “Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”
Since then, Holder’s Justice Department, through a spokesperson, attacked the attorney general’s critics again for noticing that he inserted race into a the argument about whether or not he’s competent.
Chaffetz sits on both House committees investigating the program — the House Judiciary Committee and the House oversight committee. Chaffetz, House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy have been spearheading the lower chamber’s investigation of Fast and Furious.
Chaffetz hasn’t called for Holder’s resignation or firing, despite a growing number of his colleagues doing so. “As somebody who’s continued to question him in committees and other ways, I’ve wanted to hold back a little bit on that,” Chaffetz explained. (RELATED: Full coverage of Eric Holder)
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I have begun to see hints of desperation in the Att. Gen.'s responses to the intensive questioning by Issa and others. Obummer has apparently turned up the heat on his #1 thug to turn this into a racial issue. Barry will focus "LASERLIKE" on his reelection campaign to the detriment of his allies as well as his enemies. HE has no friends...only co-conspirators and cronies who are either paid off or intimidated by HIS power. I still say that Holder will be forced to fall on his own sword before this episode is over.