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-- shaking off calls for an investigation into Wendy attorney general learned about operation fast and furious.
The ensuing scandal has grown to encompass other investigations using different techniques correspondent William -- -- -- has tonight's update from Washington.
And president believes is an excellent attorney general and has great confidence in him under congressional fire for remarks that appear to contradict.
Justice Department documents to the White House -- attorney general Eric Holder and said calls for a special counsel.
From congressman Lamar Smith are unnecessary political theater rather than one call.
And I think it's a -- -- call for special counsel by this particular congressman.
Once every six months we have something similar and while the president has admitted mistakes were made in operation fast and furious.
Holder may still have to face congressional hearings -- have not been kind to others did you think it was a good program I acknowledge now that we we did make some mistakes in this in this initiative in this program can't.
I think we'll we'll all acknowledge that you're right on that.
-- agent in charge of the Phoenix ATF building tool was responsible for the operation.
And to many He appeared to be the fall guy for its failings are they lying or you line.
It is my opinion that we did not -- -- laws.
You're entitled to your opinion not to your facts but today -- lawyer shot back.
Calling the house oversight hearing a witch hunt against ATF agents designed more to bag heads and headlines they did you hear the truth.
Machine what congress is doing is they've ruined.
Them they're trying to ruin their reputations.
Harmed the safety of the American public because it's a witch hunt simply pump out a false premise that -- -- walking.
But there are conflicting versions in the hearings -- question my supervisors almost immediately once we realize you know once we have relocated to Phoenix in.
Got briefed in -- NN's actually started operationally that we were allowing on this against ago no allegiance under my watch would have never letting -- walk.
When did you first -- or think that guns were walking.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- ATF whistle blowers say agents in Phoenix witnessed it all the time.
Attorney -- a year claims the US attorney would not let them intervene.
-- beef is with the US attorney's office.
Not when they tear up all they can only ATF then get a -- they can indict people and they can't arrest without the authority of the US attorney's office.
But investigators tell a different story it's illegal to buy a gun for anyone other than yourself.
But the real -- Tino who lived in this house.
Bought more than 700 spending more than a half a million dollars on weapons alone.
While on food stamps He resold those guns to -- Seles a -- who admitted multiple times and a wiretap that He resold those guns to the cartels.
Agency pitino and -- could've and should've been arrested almost immediately.
When operation -- in serious but it was initiated the day we're not.
Interdicting firearms and they had knowledge that those guns were being traffic to Mexico guns -- in Phoenix quickly showed of the Mexico the violence escalated.
Documents show that -- and top justice officials know it but did not stop -- It was only legitimate argument that can be made is that that ATF.
Could have banging on the door harder at the US attorney's office to allow arrests and -- Now agents I spoke to dispute that saying they -- stops all the time based on a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity and a truckload of guns.
Provides probable cause for an arrest after the attorney general I'm told even -- a special counsel is appointed it will not -- congressman -- oversight hearings into fast and furious.
And the Justice Department.
Thank you -- much more to calmly and thank you.
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