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Earlier this year United States Attorney General Eric Holder testified that the first time that he had heard about the gun running Operation Fast and Furious, the cause of President Obama’s Murdergate scandal, was “just a few weeks” before his testimony. Documents released on Monday show that statement t be an outright lie. Mr. Holder received repeated briefings on the ill fated operation for more than a year before he stepped up to congressional microphones. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) called on President Barack Obama to appoint a special counsel to determine if Holder lied to Congress.
“I write to urge you to instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel to determine whether Members of Congress were misled by the Attorney General during his recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee,”
wrote Smith, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday.
“Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled Members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible.”
Internal Justice Department memos made public this week show Holder had at least heard of Operation Fast and Furious as early at July 2010. There is further evidence that Mr. Holder received frequent briefings on the Operation Fast and Furious He testified in May 2011 that he had probably learned of the program “a few weeks” before his appearance on Capitol Hill. In March 2011, President Obama characterized the operation, overseen by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(BATFE), as an ill-advised program. Its aim was to track guns smuggled from the US into Mexico, via straw buyers for the cartels, with the aim of disrupting the networks and nabbing the criminals. But instead the guns ended up in the hands of violent drug-runners, contributing to the deaths of as many as 200 Mexican nationals an US border patrol agent Brian Terry, as well as adding to the bloodbath in Mexico’s border regions.