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Was Attorney General Holder caught in a lie?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
June 10th, 2012
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The US Attorney General, the man tasked with overseeing law enforcement across the entire country, has responded to Congressional inquiry over his involvement with "Fast and Furious," a disastrous scheme that put weapons in the hands of Mexican crime bosses.

WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) - A key part of Mr. Holder's testimony is that nobody in the high levels of the Department of Justice knew that weapons were being moved across the border. However, as reported in The Blaze, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) confronted Holder with an email that directly referenced such an occurrence. 

"You claim with passion that nobody at the senior levels at the Department of Justice prior to the death of Brian Terry knew that  guns were walking, and I've got an email from Jason Weinstein using the term 'guns walking,'" Chaffetz said.

Holder ducked the question, saying that the email referred to a different operation. 

"That refers to Wide Receiver, not Fast and Furious," balked Holder.

Chaffetz fired back "That is not what the February 4 letter that was sent to the United States Congress said. that's not true."

Holder stood his ground, compelling Chaffetz to read every email verbatim to the committee. 
"The email says Fast and Furious, you say it doesn't. I've got it in black and white," Chaffetz said.

"I have superior knowledge," answered Holder.

At least on that point, Holder is correct, and consequently he should be held to a high standard of testimony - a standard that many believe he is not meeting. So just where is Holder's superior knowledge?

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has criticized the Department of Justice, saying they have not produced any of the documents requested by the committee back in February, essentially stalling part of the investigation. Furthermore, Issa is in possession of what The Blaze refers to as "stacks of the wiretap applications which he said were provided by 'furious whistleblowers' who were tired of Justice Department stonewalling." 

Holder was asked if he read the documents, and simply replied that he disagrees with the committee's conclusion. 

At least one border patrol agent and possibly hundreds of Mexican citizens have died as a result of the Fast and Furious debacle. And rather than acknowledging a mistake and owning up to justice, the Attorney General is setting an example of how to obstruct when faced with the truth. 

Perhaps most tragically, while Holder ducks and weaves his way through hearings, he continues to collect a taxpayer funded paycheck (with benefits) and remains responsible for overseeing law enforcement in America. This while grieving families on both sides of the border deal with their losses and worry about who the next victim of this American injustice will be. 

 

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