The date has been set for Attorney General Eric Holder to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on issues related to Fast and Furious, the botched gun-walking operation that put guns directly into the hands of known Mexican drug cartel operatives.
Two of those guns were linked to the death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Holder will field questions from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and other committee members on Dec 8, the Justice Department confirmed last Friday.
Committee member Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told Politico that he was also eager to talk to Holder about other issues as well, aside from just Fast and Furious.
“I expect that the questions will not be limited to Fast and Furious. A lot of people on the committee are looking forward to having a conversation with Eric Holder. Some were not satisfied with his responses the last time he was before the committee,” King told Politico. “I don’t want to tip my hand, but I think that it will be broadly more interesting than Fast and Furious, which is extraordinarily interesting in and of itself.”
“I am looking forward to Eric Holder coming to testify in front of House Judiciary,” added King. “I expect that the questions will come fast and furious.”
It makes one wonder what else the committee has up their sleeve.
Holder has certainly garnered a lot of criticism and ire from lawmakers. As of this week, a total of 28 Congressmen have called for Holder’s immediate resignation.
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) told Newsmax, “Attorney General Holder has a repeated pattern of misleading members of Congress under oath and Fast and Furious appears to be no exception. In this case, his claims don’t add up.”
“As a consequence, I believe he has lost all credibility with Congress and the American people, which is why I am calling for his resignation.”
And things are only heating up more after Lanny Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s criminal department, testified this week before the Committee in what semed to be an attempt to fall on the proverbial sword and deflect culpability away from Holder.
“Knowing what I now know was a pattern of unacceptable and misguided tactics used by the ATF, I regret that I did not alert others within the leadership of the Department of Justice to the tactics used in Operation Wide Receiver when they first came to my attention,” Breuer said in a statement issued after the DOJ released 652-pages of documents to congressional investigators this past Monday.
“When the allegations related to Operation Fast and Furious became public earlier this year, the leadership of ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona repeatedly assured individuals in the Criminal Division and the leadership of the Department of Justice that those allegations were not true,” said the DOJ’s apparent fall guy.
“As a result I did not draw a connection between the unacceptable tactics used by the ATF years earlier in Operation Wide Receiver and the allegations made about Operation Fast and Furious, and therefore did not, at that time, alert others within Department leadership of any similarities between the two.”
In other words, Breuer is clearly stating it’s his fault – not Holder’s fault that the DOJ dropped the ball with Fast and Furious.
Not everyone is buying Breuer’s assessment.
Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas told Newmax that Fast and Furious is the last straw and cited other reasons such as the decisions to sue states over immigration laws, failure to prosecute the New Black Panthers over voter fraud and delays in bringing the alleged 9/11 conspirators to trial, as his reason for calling for Holder’s resignation.
“The list goes on and on,” said Gohmert, who also joined in the calls for the resignation of George W. Bush’s attorney general Alberto Gonzales. “This is not political. It’s simply time for him to go.”
“And if Eric Holder lets Lanny Breuer take the fall for Fast and Furious that would make it even more imperative that he should go,” Gohmert told Newsmax.