|Attorney General Eric Holder|
“Attorney General Holder sounded willing to negotiate over releasing documents. That’s fine if the offer isn’t hollow. We’ve been talking for a year and a half. A show of good faith would be to produce the documents in question."Grassley challenged Holder's contention that a predecessor of Holder's, Michael Mukasey oversaw a similar program, "Operation Wide Receiver," but did "absolutely nothing," is untrue:
"There is no evidence of that. Documents show Attorney General Mukasey was briefed about a different case with a controlled delivery. Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, on the other hand, did learn about gun walking in Operation Wide Receiver and did absolutely nothing. These facts are critical, and the nation’s top law enforcement officer should take care to get them right.”Despite Holder claims that emails Congressional investigators have, that cite that senior officials knew about "Fast and Furious," Holder contends that those emails have nothing to do with Fast and Furious, and refer to a similar program, "Operation Wide Receiver." Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz confronts Holder with the contradiction:
An email that Congressional Investigators possess shows, as early as nearly two months prior to the death of Border Agent Brian Terry at the hands of Drug Cartel operatives, that senior officials knew about "Fast and Furious." The email asks: "Do you think we should try to have Lanny [Assistant Attorney General Lanny Brewer] participate in press when Fast and Furious and Laura's Tucson case are unsealed? It's a tricky case, given the number of guns that have walked, but it is a significant set of prosecutions."
(See EMAILS.... [scroll down to nearly last email; quote highlighted in yellow] )
The most recent call for Eric Holder to resign as Attorney General is from Senator Cornyn of Texas:
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