Darrell Issa to Eric Holder: Admit you knew
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is turning up the heat on Eric Holder, demanding the attorney general “come forward and at least admit” he knew about Operation Fast and Furious long before he told Congress he learned about the gun program.
The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said Wednesday that Holder “failed” to properly answer questions during a May House Judiciary Committee hearing about when he first learned about the controversial gun program.
“He may or may not have perjured himself, but he certainly failed to answer my questions and [Rep.] Jason Chaffetz’s questions about what did he know — he implied he knew nothing when in fact he at least knew something,” Issa said on Fox News. “We certainly would like to believe that he was disingenuous but not lying. The fact is, the people who are making those statements on his behalf are lying on his behalf, period.”
he California Republican insisted that Holder “had to know” about Fast and Furious from his weekly briefings, citing at least seven separate memos that he said included information about the program. In addition, Holder’s “number two and number three” at the DoJ were “intimately involved,” Issa argued.
“This is a man … who, carefully, if he doesn’t like the question, answers it the way he wants to,” he said. “He had every obligation to say, ‘I may not have known about all the details but of course I knew about Fast and Furious because I was briefed somewhat on it weekly.’ He needs to come forward and at least admit that because right now, what he said is untrue and he needs to clarify before the committee.”