Attorney General Eric Holder fires back on Fast & Furious – Josh Gerstein – POLITICO.com

Attorney General Eric Holder is denying charges that he misled Congress about his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, and he’s denouncing lawmakers for “political posturing” in their strident criticism of the ill-fated gunrunning probe.

Republican leaders in Congress have questioned Holder’s candor when he told a House hearing in May that he had “probably” first heard of the controversial investigation a few weeks earlier. However, documents the Justice Department provided to congressional investigators in recent days show that at least five memos sent to Holder beginning in July 2010 discussed the operation.

“My testimony was truthful and accurate and I have been consistent on this point throughout. I have no recollection of knowing about Fast and Furious or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it,” Holder said in a five-page letter sent to Congress Friday afternoon. “Prior to early 2011, I certainly never knew about the tactics employed in the operation.”

Holder gave no indication that he plans to resign, as he has been urged to do by a few Republican lawmakers and by the National Rifle Association.

via Attorney General Eric Holder fires back on Fast & Furious – Josh Gerstein – POLITICO.com.

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