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And we expected -- -- a hearing on operation fast and furious Eric Holder the attorney general.
Grilled about the botched federal gun running stating that put weapons in the hands of Mexico's most dangerous criminals.
And things got interesting when lawmakers asked about the American border agent believed to have been killed.
By a gun from that sting operation.
If you apologize to the family brand -- I have not apologize -- but I certainly regret what happened would you like to apologize today for this.
This program that went so wrong that took the life.
Of the United States law enforcement agent.
I certainly regret what happened to agent Brian Terry.
Tom I can only imagine the pain that his family has had to to deal with in particular his mother and the father of three children -- -- we are.
Not programs to bury our our kids.
It pains me whenever there is.
The death of a law enforcement.
Especially under the circumstances.
That this occurred it is not fair however to assume that.
The mistakes that happen in fast and furious directly led to the death of -- agent Terry.
I wanna pick up -- a couple points she said there was -- Republican Chuck Grassley ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that's committee that oversees the department of justice and senator good morning.
From whom did you have a problem with his testimony or anything you just heard there.
Well surely was what I heard there wouldn't have been sold so we'll say of course I apologize for the period from.
That would have been the humane thing to do and the right thing to do and and senator corner and gave me -- every opportunity to do that.
Where I'm not really satisfied is the fact that.
Now -- instead of this being a few weeks before me the third it was at the time.
That this was publicized some time around January or early February I think is what.
The attorney -- telling us but we've got ample evidence that his acting.
Attorney general mr.
-- -- -- about this long long time before that.
That person who became his chief of staff.
You and and mammals that were given to the attorney general that he said.
I think to senator cornyn yesterday that he -- we didn't read on.
That he he should have known about this a long long time before Terry.
Was I was -- And they -- the other thing he said yesterday I know you were keen on this because that delivers testimony back in the spring.
Where he said he had just learned about -- -- -- -- a few weeks ago and there is a bit of -- disagreement -- that yesterday saying that it may have -- a few months ago.
But but he insists that the information he gave was.
It wasn't false information it was just incorrect I think was the word you use does that pass Muster.
Well of course it doesn't because -- gets back to what I just told -- about his progress and we're having being involved with emails and mammals.
Within his own handwriting on these -- back several months before that and the fact that the we've got mammals that.
When across his desk or he should've seen him.
In the summer of last year.
And so it if it one -- two things.
Either Opie and Andy is is telling us he didn't know.
Or he's -- incompetent because he doesn't know what's going on in his department did do you think on those two points did you get an answer from that hearing yesterday or what what is your feeling on that now.
Oh I didn't get I didn't get answers it's -- station.
He's avoiding it -- -- Yes.
Well I mean he gives answers but they they aren't answers that are very credible -- what what he calls this or gotcha games.
You remember well said that when he -- Well that's an insult to me because I've been doing congressional oversight work.
On several different committees since I've been the congress for thirty years.
And I've got a reputation around here bright taken on my own Republican presidents.
More often and I take on Democrat presidents sources say that this is political gotcha.
When I've got an equal opportunity.
I think is very on terrorists to put on the part of somebody that.
Doesn't know my work around the senate I tip I'd take it you take it as an insult.
If I didn't use that word I'll let you put quotes around it.
You say in a statement they came out late yesterday that the inspector general is still looking into this.
What does that tell you within the Department of Justice regarding -- Having the inspector general investigate.
When -- simple little questions that were answering that they won't answer.
And probably have nothing to do with the inspector general's investigation.
Is just a way of stonewalling.
Senator thank you for your time Chuck Grassley we will wait to see what happens next in this story after the hearings yesterday things.
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