Despite a federal holiday,the lawmaker leading a congressional investigation into “Operation Fast and Furious”launched his latest salvo Monday against Attorney General Eric Holder,insisting it’s time for the nation’s top cop to “come clean to the American public about what you knew,when you knew it,and who is going to be held accountable.”
“Whether you realize yet or not,you own ‘Fast and Furious,’”Rep. Darrell Issa,R-Calif.,said in a letter to Holder. “It is your responsibility.”(Read Issa Letter to Holder.)
After scathing letter from Attorney General Eric Holder to the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee,he responds in kind with a volley back to the Justice Department calling the response a new low.
The reply comes three days after Holder responded in his own letter to questions over whether he misled Congress in May when he told lawmakers he “probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”
A week ago,the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee,Sen. Charles Grassley,R-Iowa,distributed five memos from July and August 2010 addressed to Holder,citing the gun-running investigation by name.
In his letter Friday,Holder said his remarks on “Fast and Furious”have been “truthful and accurate,” adding,“I have no recollection of knowing about ‘Fast and Furious’or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it…Prior to early 2011,I certainly never knew about the tactics employed in the operation.”
But Issa insisted in his latest response that “the current paper trail…creates the strong perception that your statement in front of Congress was less than truthful.”