Issa to Holder: You Own 'Fast and Furious'

Free Republic Chairman of the House Oversight Committe Darrell Issa has sent Attorney General Eric Holder a letter in response to a combative letter sent by Holder late Friday afternoon defending his "truthful and accurate" Congressional testimony from May 3, 2011.

Whether you realize yet or not, you own Fast and Furious. It is your responsibility.

In the letter, Issa isn't buying Holder's latest excuses for "not knowing" about Operation Fast and Furious or the tactics used in the lethal program, saying Holder has reached a disappointing new low.

From the beginning of the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice has offered a roving set of ever-changing explanations to justify its involvement in this reckless and deadly program. These defenses have been aimed at undermining the investigation. From the start, the Department insisted that no wrongdoing had occurred and asked Senator Grassley and me to defer our oversight responsibilities over its concerns about our purported interference with its ongoing criminal investigations. Additionally, the Department steadfastly insisted that gunwalking did not occur.

Once documentary and testimonial evidence strongly contradicted these claims, the Department attempted to limit the fallout from Fast and Furious to the Phoenix Field Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). When that effort also proved unsuccessful, the Department next argued that Fast and Furious resided only within ATF itself, before eventually also assigning blame to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona. All of these efforts were designed to circle the wagons around DOJ and its political appointees.

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