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Rockntractor
10-04-2011, 11:29 PM
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.




What Did Eric Holder Know About Fast and Furious?



Text of Letter Requesting Special Counsel for Holder


Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday requesting he ask the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to investigate Attorney General Eric Holder's role in Operation Fast and Furious.



The question is whether Holder knowingly made false statements of fact under oath during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011.

"I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Holder testified.

The Department of Justice defended Holder in a statement Tuesday.

ďThe Attorney Generalís testimony to both the House and the Senate was consistent and truthful," it read. "He said in both March and May of this year that he became aware of the questionable tactics employed in the Fast and Furious Operation in early 2011 when ATF agents first raised them publicly, and at the time, he asked the Inspector Generalís office to investigate the matter."

However, newly discovered memos suggest otherwise. For instance, one memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."

Other documents also indicate that Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center "beginning, at the latest, on July 5, 2010," Smith wrote.

"These updates mentioned, not only the name of the operation, but also specific details about guns being trafficked to Mexico," Smith wrote in the letter to Obama.

"Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible," Smith wrote.

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers, D-Mich., said he had not been informed of the reqeest before it was sent to the president.

This is the third time in two years the Judiciary Committee chairman has called for a special counsel. In October 2009, Smith asks for a special counsel to investigate the now defunct community organizing group ACORN. In July 2010, Smith asked the Obama administration for a special counsel to investigate voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panther Party.

In response to the release of the memos, a Justice Department official said that the attorney general "has consistently said he became aware of the questionable tactics in early 2011 when ATF agents first raised them publicly, and then promptly asked the (inspector general) to investigate the matter."
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Will any of this actually stick?

djones520
10-05-2011, 10:01 AM
If Obama is smart he'll cooperate and throw Holder under the bus. Given his history of tossing anyone whose proven "inconvenient" under the bus, I'd imagine he'll do the same here.

Apocalypse
10-05-2011, 10:16 AM
And let the stonewalling begin!

Starbuck
10-05-2011, 10:28 AM
"I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Holder testified.............However, newly discovered memos suggest otherwise. For instance, one memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."
Holder needs to go. He may even need to be prosecuted.

But then, God only knows who the hell we would get after Holder:mad:

namvet
10-05-2011, 12:59 PM
letting the panthers off the hook. he's a racists. gotta go.

Elspeth
10-05-2011, 03:55 PM
If Obama is smart he'll cooperate and throw Holder under the bus. Given his history of tossing anyone whose proven "inconvenient" under the bus, I'd imagine he'll do the same here.

Yep. That bus has a crowd under it.

fettpett
10-05-2011, 05:15 PM
either way, when this starts getting more traction, it's spells the end for Obama