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Rep. Issa: Holder Is Incompetent

Monday, 12 Sep 2011 01:49 PM

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says Attorney General Eric Holder is "so inept that he may be a danger as attorney general" and that President Barack Obama should consider firing him. Issa’s comments came on the Laura Ingraham show, where he discussed the "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking program, The Hill reports.

"He doesn't want to admit that it was felony-stupid," Issa said of the program, which allowed assault-type weapons to be illegally bought and smuggled across the Mexican border.

The Department of Justice was monitoring the weapons, but they have shown up at crime scenes across Mexico. Two weapons that sold through the program were found at the murder site of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December.

Holder either approved the operation or was "willfully ignorant," Issa said. "The only way the attorney general didn't know is that he made sure he didn't want to know. . . . What we need is an admission that it was wrong . . . and then we need assurance that it won't happen again," Issa said."

The scandal is "worse than Iran-Contra," Issa said, referring to the program under which senior officials in the Reagan administration secretly sold arms to Iran to fund Nicaraguan rebels.

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