Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at members of Congress who are investigating Justice Department actions in the disputed Fast and Furious gun-trafficking inquiry, saying that public discussion about the issue had become “base” and “inflammatory” and was aimed solely at gaining political advantage, the New York Times reports.
Holder was referring to comments by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Az.), a member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He implied that those responsible for the gun-trafficking investigation were accessories to murder. In a letter to the chairmen and ranking minority members of three House and Senate committees, Holder said, “Such irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric must be repudiated in the strongest possible terms.” He added, “Those who serve in the ranks of law enforcement are our nation's heroes and deserve our nation's thanks, not the disrespect that is being heaped on them by those who seek political advantage.”