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More lies from Holder on ‘Fast and Furious’ fiasco

October 11, 2011
Salem News

Attorney General Eric Holder's lie about the "Fast and Furious" fiasco is being followed up by the White House with more misstatements of fact.

Holder is under fire for lying to Congress about the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" project. That initiative helped funnel illegal guns to Mexico in a dangerous attempt to learn more about the illegal weapons trade.

In May, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked Holder when he knew of "Fast and Furious." Holder lied, saying he had been informed only a few weeks prior to his testimony.

Newly uncovered documents prove Holder was informed about "Fast and Furious" at least as early as July 2010.

But last week, White House press secretary Jay Carney insisted to reporters that Holder was being truthful. His answer to Issa was based on when he heard of problems about the project, Carney said.

No. On May 3, Issa asked Holder, "When did you first know about the program, officially, I believe, called Fast and Furious?"

Holder responded: "I'm not sure of the exact date but I probably learned about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."

The nation's top law enforcement official lied to Congress. Now President Barack Obama's administration is rallying more lies around him. Lawmakers - of both parties - shouldn't let the matter drop.



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