The Senate hearing for Operation Fast and Furious will be held this morning, and what will General Eric Holder say?
He plans to tell the Senate that Congress is not doing enough to support the agency responsible for the botched operation…
“The mistakes of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ serious though they were, should not deter or distract us from our critical mission to disrupt the dangerous flow of firearms along our Southwest border,” Holder will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee
It seems to me that Holder is the one that was allowing most of the dangerous flow of firearms…
Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have told Congress their agency “suffers from a lack of effective enforcement tools,” and a “critical first step should be for congressional leaders to work with us to provide ATF with the resources and statutory tools it needs to be effective,” Holder is expected to say.
Does those effective enforcement tools mean he needs more guns?
While Tuesday’s hearing is intended to be a more general “oversight” hearing, Holder is expected to be on the hot seat over tactics used by ATF investigators in Arizona to target major gunrunners and his department’s role in the matter.
Launched in late 2009, “Fast and Furious” planned to follow gun purchasers in hopes that suspects would lead them to the heads of Mexican cartels. But high-powered weapons tied to the investigation ended up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry late last year.
In his opening remarks Tuesday, Holder is expected to say “any instance of so-called ‘gun walking’ is unacceptable,” and he will say “Fast and Furious” was “flawed” and “should never have happened.”
First he said Fast and Furious is not getting enough support from Congress, then he flip flops and says it should nver have happened…
Lawmakers will have a chance to ask Holder whatever they desire, and they are expected to grill him over his department’s handling of the scandal.
Thirty-four House members already have called for Holder to resign, along with the National Rifle Association, and more could join the chorus depending on Holder’s testimony. Sources close to the investigation say other lawmakers want Holder out but have declined to say so publicly out of deference to Sen. Charles Grassley, the quiet and deliberate Republican from Iowa.
Last month, Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, distributed five memos addressed to Holder in July and August 2010, citing the gunrunning investigation by name. Nearly a year after those heavily redacted memos were sent, the attorney general in May told lawmakers under oath he “probably heard about ‘Fast and Furious’ for the first time over the last few weeks.”
Later at the same hearing, in response to a follow-up question, Holder said he was probably aware of the operation at least six weeks earlier, by the time President Barack Obama talked about it with a Spanish-language media outlet in late March.
Still, after the release of the memos last month, Republicans said Holder had “failed to give Congress and the American people an honest account of what he and others knew about gun-walking and ‘Operation Fast and Furious.’”
More than 100 weapons linked to “Fast and Furious” have been found in Texas alone, with several of them possibly involved in crimes, according to the aide.
In December Holder will be appearing before Rep Lamar Smith R-Texas for a hearing focused specifically on Fast and Furious.