Anger between Congress and the Obama administration over Operation Fast and Furious produced an exchange yesterday “notable for its vitriol even by current Washington standards.” reports Politico.com. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Ca.) compared Attorney General Eric Holder’s conduct in the botched gun trafficking operation to that of Richard Nixon's attorney general during Watergate.
Holder likened the congressional inquiry to Sen. Joseph McCarthy's witch hunt for communists in the U.S. government. The showdown took place in a hearing that produced more confrontations than revelations about the scandal over the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and an operation that allowed up to 2,000 guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Holder said he would not resign over the dispute. Issa told the Attorney General he was in contempt of Congress.