House Republicans accused Attorney General Eric Holder of hiding information at a hearing over the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-trafficking investigation, McClatchy Newspapers report. Holder dismissed calls for him to resign and said he’s not to blame for the scandal. Holder testified for four tense hours to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs about Fast and Furious.
It was a mess in which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives let illegal weapons flow across the border into Mexico and into the hands of criminals as part of a failed sting operation meant to track the guns and nab drug lords. “Because you have been grossly incompetent in the way that you have prepared before coming to Congress, I think you should resign,” said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID). Holder responded that his accusers were engaging in “political gotcha games” and character assassination. Democrats on the committee said that the Republicans were engaged in an election-year witch hunt and that there’s no evidence tying the attorney general to the operation. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said President Obama “absolutely” stands by Holder.