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Cornyn Says Holder Didn't Acquit Himself on 'Fast and Furious'

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November 9, 2011

Attorney General Eric Holder failed to acquit himself at a Tuesday hearing on the botched investigation of arms traffickers known as Operation Fast and Furious, Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, charged in a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox & Friends.

Operation Fast and Furious has been under scrutiny since it was revealed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms allowed weapons to fall into the hands of violent criminals in Mexico and the body of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was discovered near two of those guns.

Cornyn, who is on the Senate Judiciary Committee, criticized the attorney general for misleading Congress in a February letter sent by his office claiming that ATF “makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.”

 

“I’m not sure whether the intentionally misleading Congress is the worst part, or the incompetence at knowing what is happening within the agency and holding no one accountable,” Cornyn said, adding, “I think there is still a lot more questions that need to be answered before we're through with this; and the attorney general, I did not think, acquitted himself well.”

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