Holder: Fast & Furious “Flawed,” Effects Will Be Felt For Years


The political nightmare that the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation has become for the Obama administration won't be going away anytime soon, says Politico. Attorney General Eric Holder will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee today that the carnage linked to Fast and Furious is likely to continue for years. “This operation was flawed in concept, as well as in execution,” says Holder. “Unfortunately, we will feel its effects for years to come as guns that were lost during this operation continue to show up at [crime] scenes both here and in Mexico. This should never have happened. And it must never happen again.”

Some Republican lawmakers have called for Holder's resignation in the wake of the scandal, which stemmed from a tactic known as “gun-walking” in which federal agents had the authority to intercept suspicious weapons but chose not to. Holder will call out Republicans for “headline-grabbing Washington 'gotcha' games and cynical political point-scoring” in connection with the ongoing congressional investigation, while also offering a stark warning about the flood of weapons south from the U.S. “We are losing the battle to stop the flow of illegal guns to Mexico,” Holder says.

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