Eric Holder obstructing justice?
DOJ says attorney general misspoke during Fast & Furious testimony
- Duration 8:10
- Date Jun 20, 2012
DOJ says attorney general misspoke during Fast & Furious testimony
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Not only is the administration not want to provide requested documents in the fast and furious investigation it seems that their testimony is also less than truthful.
Now for second time the Department of Justice has been forced to officially were -- statements made during this investigation.
And according to a senate judiciary report.
The most recent is just from last week now while testifying under wrote the attorney general Eric Holder.
Falsely claim that his predecessor then attorney general Michael -- Casey.
Was briefed about the tactics of another gun running operation known as wide receiver now listen what he said.
He won't talk about fast and furious from the attorney general that put an end to the misguided tactics that were used in fast and furious.
An attorney general I suppose you would -- -- and higher regard was briefed on these kinds of tactics in an operation called wide receiver and did nothing.
To stop them.
300 guns at least walk in that instance.
Now that was news to senator Chuck Grassley and he sent a letter to the Justice Department.
Asking about holder's assertion now the Department of Justice.
Retracted the statement is said the holder inadvertently made the claim but this is not the first time that the department was forced to correct the record back in December the Justice Department.
Formally -- a letter sent to congress earlier that year which claim that the ATF.
Quote makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally before they cross in the Mexico joining me now with reaction.
Is the author of the number one New York Times best seller culture of corruption Michelle Malkin.
And Fox News contributor camera holder -- let let's go.
This is the second time.
Now we have the president on record Michelle the president is on record saying hi I found out about this in the noose I'll watch -- a news report does what he said.
Back by the way march 25 of 2011 denying that he knew anything about it or.
That in fact Eric Holder knew anything about it let's go to the seven month period.
This goes from may third 2011 to November 8 2011 when the attorney general admitted.
That he misled congress.
When did you first know about the program.
Officially -- -- called fast and furious to the best your knowledge what date.
I'm not sure the exact date but I probably heard about fast and furious for the first time over the last few weeks.
I first learned about being.
Tactics and lead -- operation -- -- beginning this year I think when it became.
A matter of focus public.
He might testimony before the house.
I did say a few weeks I probably could have said a couple of months.
But Michelle we know in reality now that it was actually 2010.
-- -- that was a long period of time.
Yeah they're being taught -- right.
That well I think it's very important all the points that you're hitting because it shows that every time that this attorney general has opened his mouth.
Every key point that he has made about fast and furious has proved to be.
False and spurious.
And false and specious.
And and and that is why it while -- all of the pads his lead to this contempt vote today.
The stonewalling that has gone on and of course the indication now of of this executive privilege which.
Underscore something that those of us who have followed this for more than a year and a half now.
Have always known and felt.
And realized in our reporting out of this and that is that it is not just air colder it is Barack Obama himself.
Who is at the center of the obstructionism.
At the center of the scandal dubbed -- a scandal of this administration.
We're gonna find out about it Tamarine shaking your head here but the reality is is that they have not been forthcoming.
With the documents as requested by congress.
And then it this last minute delay tactic it seems to me that this was that there had to be some political considerations here.
Why didn't -- and invoke executive privilege from day one if they felt that there was warranted.
Well they're always political considerations on both sides of the aisle apartment I don't know Levy on and a host of people didn't leave if it's that the same amount of time that you get all of your Republican friends because this isn't fair.
If you look at -- well if you look at certain things that Barack Obama did it.
Dead in the beginning when he said he was going to close gitmo when he said he was going to release the pictures are -- let me finish when he was going to release the photos of Abu -- and then he decided when he became president that he wasn't going to do those things.
But those are things that bush did create.
That he liked or that that.
Actually -- let me let me -- -- and Jerry's didn't work excuse and they stopped it but he but wait a minute we did did that did that difference here is we have the United States government.
That is giving guns to murder is drug dealers kidnappers.
Cartels it's called holy war it is called anything more you give -- An enemy weapons it started -- -- -- agent not work out but.
Border Patrol says agents died here and now we're trying to get to the bottom of it and they have not been forthcoming.
In giving the information from the fair shot and got it and -- takes time shot.
Eighteen months we've been investigating Pat Tillman was held in 2004.
It took three years for his family to be able to testify before congress in 2000 -- They wanted answers they have the sense that why that why didn't -- why -- thousands of documents take time -- let me go to the show that they have the documents why didn't they give them -- earlier this is an important question here.
Is this a delay tactic so that.
They wouldn't have to expose something very embarrassing here.
Yes that's that that's right clearly they have something to hide I mean it's the Hopkins appraisers were.
This the simple dancers is the right answer.
Can I just go back to this the bit higher some blame bush card.
Because I don't think of that camera knows what she's talking about when we talk about the differences between fast and furious and operation wide receiver to receiver and project gun runner.
And I was at the forefront to several years about go about raising questions about the Morita initiative under the Bush Administration -- -- I don't know what.
I didn't nothing that we you know Israel today is -- -- it -- -- had I don't know why didn't know about it doesn't chaotic nightmare math class size color I clearly -- what -- talking about -- go ahead finish your point.
But first some of us the court issues of national -- security.
Second -- an amendment rights.
Integrity in government actually matters it is not just some sort of TV game debate for -- -- it cannot.
An analyst I I'm not saying that the documents should you leave so I'm nice change and why aren't as -- -- will be the overwhelming senate support innovation when you -- congress let either you get the last -- plans.
What's planned controlled delivery and retrieve all the difference is that in the Bush Administration they got those guns back and under the Obama administration they let them go because that underlying gun control agenda that is clear in these document if you read it.
US attorney former US attorney Dennis Burke went after the Grassley staffers who were investigating this and called -- spoke.
Stooges of the gun lobby.
Clearly they're the ones Mickey Levy or ideological zealotry that caused bloodshed in this country the -- is on your people's hands camera.
No actually we're all Americans and is on all of our hands at the end of the day these investigations take time it is not appropriate to hold the attorney general in contempt.
After a matter of months I'm very sad that -- -- yeah we announced tonight DNA subpoenas for months and months.
And -- not want to know -- to get away without a lot.
There are certain things that bush did implement that that are still going on today that war tell us.
It's still not an -- colder this will this did not work they put an end to -- and their requires a timely investigation hole semantic content.
After -- up after just a little while give us some years he's had years to.
Don't have bad years they've been investigating a little bit and turn over documents I don't know how to run a guy -- -- -- right thank you both for being with us and you talk about agent Terry and absolutely and he and his family needs -- --