Tags: holder | boehner | fast | furious

Holder Offers to Meet With Boehner on Fast and Furious Investigation

Friday, 08 Jun 2012 11:43 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, facing mounting frustration from Congressional Republicans about the Justice Department’s cooperation with an investigation of the “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation, on Thursday offered to meet with House Speaker John Boehner to provide additional information about the controversial operation.

The Speaker’s office declined to provide a definitive response to Holder’s offer of a meeting. Boehner denied any ongoing conversation with the Department of Justice about resolving the investigation, reports The Hill.

Holder, who faces questions about how deeply he and his deputies involved themselves in the authorization and execution of the gun-running scandal, has been accused by Republicans of stonewalling their inquiry. On Thursday, the Attorney General testified before a frequently hostile House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, with committee chair Darrell Issa, R-Calif., even telling Holder he was not a “good witness.”

“A good witness answers the questions asked,” said Issa.

For over a year, Issa has been investigating the role played by the Justice Department in approving and prosecuting the “Fast and Furious” operation.

Issa has issued a series of subpoenas seeking thousands of documents related to the failed operation. After providing 7,600 documents, Issa claims the Justice Department halted their cooperation, declining to provide further information.

During his testimony, Holder defended his department’s cooperation, explaining that Justice has “viewed over 140,000 documents and produced to you about 7,600.”

Issa, clearly impatient, fired back, “I don’t want to hear about the 7,600.”

The investigation has recently focused on six wiretap applications, signed by senior DOJ officials, that Republicans see as evidence that the highest levels of the Justice Department were aware of gun-running as part of the operation.

The Attorney General disputed that conclusion, explaining that senior officials were only signing off on summaries written by lower-level attorneys. “I’ve looked at these affidavits, I’ve looked at these summaries, there’s nothing in those affidavits — as I’ve reviewed them — that indicates that ‘gun-walking’ was allowed,” said Holder. “I didn’t see anything in there that would put on notice a person who was reviewing, either at the line level or at the deputy assistant attorney general level [and] would have knowledge of the fact that these inappropriate tactics were being used.”

During his testimony, Holder rejected a request from Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Ut., to privately brief a bipartisan group of lawmakers on “Fast and Furious,” saying, “With all due respect, I gave you four hours at a crack on eight separate occasions […] I’m not sure there’s an awful lot more I have to say.”


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Report: Health Risks High to Child Tobacco Workers

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 07:40 AM

Many children are spending their summer holidays working in tobacco fields where the hours are long and the dangers of e . . .

Anheuser-Busch to NFL: This Bud's Not for You

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 07:27 AM

NFL mega-advertiser Anheuser-Busch says it remains "disappointed" with how the league has dealt with a rash of domestic  . . .

Blacks, Hispanics Have Doubts About Media Accuracy

Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 06:31 AM

A new study shows a large majority of African-American and Hispanic news consumers don't fully trust the media to portra . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved