Permit me to summarize this CBS video on Operation Fast & Furious*:
Eric Holder: I only heard about Operation Fast & Furious after it blew up in 2011!
CBS: Here’s a list of memos that shows that you were briefed on Operation Fast & Furious, starting in July.
Eric Holder: Oh. That Operation Fast & Furious. Yeah. Um. I, err, misspoke . Didn’t know the details.
Seriously, Holder’s argument – if one can dignify his response with such an august label – is what Hot Air calls the “I didn’t do my homework” defense. Apparently the Attorney General is a busy man who doesn’t have time to read all of the memos sent to him by the assistant AGs:
If the video doesn’t load: the link is here. It pretty much repeats the information in the CBS clip: I put up these two videos mostly to demonstrate that, yea indeed, this story is now at the point where the national media – including the broadcast networks – is taking it seriously. I also want to note three things about the CBS video in particular that is very, very entertaining:
- Putting the DoJ’s denial at the end pretty much demonstrates that CBS doesn’t take Holder’s explanation any more seriously than you or I would.
- Dan Rather probably hates life right now. Entertainingly, that observation works whether or not you think that he’d a be reliable Democratic partisan hack under these circumstances.
- The best part of that CBS clip is the fact that it’s being distributed by the House Oversight Committee. Translation? Chum in the water.
I think that we are seriously going to need a special prosecutor for this one.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
*Operation Fast & Furious, for those people who don’t know, was a government program where federal law enforcement agencies deliberately allowed guns to be illegally resold to Mexican narco-terrorist gangs, in order to see where said guns ended up. As said agencies also promptly lost track of said guns, mostly by actively and deliberately ignoring long-standing safeguards, they usually found the firearms only at various Mexican crime scenes – including one where federal Border Agent Brian Terry was killed by Mexican narco-terrorists. Oh, and the Mexican government was not told that we were giving Mexican narco-terrorists the guns that they then used to kill Mexican civilians.