House Republicans Call For Special Counsel to Determine Whether AG Eric Holder Lied During "Fast and Furious" Testimony

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United States House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith wrote a letter to President Barack Obama today asking that he appoint a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied when he testified before Congress about "Operation Fast and Furious," the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms botched gun trafficking sting.

"In response to ongoing Judiciary Committee oversight of "Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice recently provided to the committee documents that raise significant questions about the truthfulness of the attorney general's statements," Smith writes in his letter to the president, provided to New Times by Congressman Ben Quayle's office.

In May, Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee, claiming that he hadn't even heard of "Fast and Furious" until April of this year.

"I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Holder testified -- under oath -- in May.

However, Smith says according to the documents provided by the DOJ, Holder knew of the operation -- and was receiving weekly briefings about it from the National Drug Intelligence Center -- in July of 2010 at the very latest.


According to Smith, a July 2010 memo shows NDIC Director Michael Walther told Holder that straw buyers in the "Fast and Furious" operation "are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels."

One of those 1,500 firearms was used to kill Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Because he's the attorney general, Holder can't exactly investigate himself, which is why Smith is asking the president to appoint special counsel.

Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible," Smith writes.

Congressman Quayle agrees with Smith.

"I fully support Chairman Smith's decision to call for a special counsel to investigate this serious matter. Drug cartel members, using Fast and Furious weapons, took the life of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry near Phoenix and they continue to pose a serious threat to American citizens, especially the men and women who protect our borders," Quayle says. "We need to know exactly what the attorney general knew, when he knew it and whether his testimony before members of Congress was truthful."

See Smith's entire letter below.

Special Counsel for Fast and Furious


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Reggie VV
Reggie VV

House Republicans never asked for an independent counsel when Dick Cheney was busting the Constitution sleeping with the oil industry or defense contractors.  And Gosh knows, Dick never spoke to Congress about anything. He answered to no one. 

Robtdfischl
Robtdfischl

Time for disgraced Dennis Burke to make a deal before they hand this one solely on his head.  Complicity is not a defense.

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

Political contributions need to be outlawed.   They obviously buy influence which creates advantage for political gain and criminal/treasonous activity.   Those in places of power are influenced by money, sex, drugs and the illusion of created power.  Blackmail comes into play as those in power succumb to the influence.    There's no way to prevent it because all things can be aquired by money and money rules.   That's called capitalism.    It creates supreme power and ultimate poverty and death.    It does not give all people the ability to make something from nothing.    That's a lie and an illusion.

maxonepercent
maxonepercent

Let's see, during Obama's election he received huge donations from unspecified international donors, then immediately upon entering office his administration orchestrates the illegal sale of thousands of firearms to Mexican drug cartels.  Coincidence?  I think not.  This is government corruption of the worst kind, driven by no higher motivation than personal greed.  Isn't it poignant that our first African-American president is acting just like any other typical African warlord?

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Lamar Smith can take a hike. Holder may be a jerk (IMO he definitely is), but these Republicans are in no position to be taking anyone's moral inventory. Smith even bragged about bottling up the bill to let states regulate cannabis in committee. What a scum bucket.

Bobby
Bobby

What the Obama adiministration has done, is so insane that it easily competes with all the past scandals of the White House, if no outright wins in its combination of idiocy, treason, and danger to the American public.

Royalphoenix2
Royalphoenix2

Republicans and democrats have done nothing but lie since LBJ..nothing new here. No one will go to levenworth for international arms trafficking. Hell, keep voting for them and one of those guns might kill you. Every level of government in this country does nothing but lie and deceive. Notice that they are not elected representitives, but officials. You vote for them...so do not complain. peace

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

Way to knock the hell out of them, Quayle. You douche.

David Saint
David Saint

lol so what, Bush, Cheney, etc lied to the American public for 8 years!!! Thats a much bigger crime! 

Bobby
Bobby

I don't know. I have always believed that the office of President isn't creating policy, and shouldn't. Policy is created by those that have these politicians in their pockets, and that's a thought that sickens so many Americans. It's hard if not impossible to finger these traitors.

Bobby
Bobby

Another truthfull post. Thanks, but I've noticed that leftists while schuck and jive, and stall and lie, as a matter of course when they're caught. Notice they never throw their treasonous comrades under the buss like stupid ass Repulicans do. I give them credit for so expertly getting away with their criminality.

Bobby
Bobby

So in other words, as long as some administrations are commiting crimes not as outrageous as others, it's OK.

Eleanor
Eleanor

Please name at least the last 10 presidents and tell me which ones again haven't lied to the public. 

teknik1200
teknik1200

as if republicans step aside or throw each other under the bus,

what country are you living in?  The GOP is far more deceptive then the left side ever is.

Dark Man
Dark Man

Eleanor, just so you know that Eric Holder is not our sitting U.S. "president". He simply works under the Obama adimistration and I doubt Obama knew anything more than Eric did. The former Alberto Gonzales under the Bush warmongering adminstration lied to the American people as well.

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