Eric Holder Had Prior Knowledge of Fast and Furious Operation
Eric Holder, Attorney General, had prior knowledge of the controversial Fast and Furious Operation, says CBS.
Directly contradicting the statement Holder made to Congress, new documents obtained by CBS News reveal that Holder had knowledge of the Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010.
The controversial program allowed weapons to be illegally purchased in the Phoenix area so that they could be tracked to gun traffickers and drug cartel leaders. However the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lost track of these firearms. ATF agents allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to cross the border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, says Politico.
The program remained unknown to the public until two guns from the Fast and Furious operation were found at the murder site of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December. ATF agent John Dodson then made the operation public, says CBS.
On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."
Both CBS and CNN report that internal Justice Department documents show that Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing the operation at least ten months before the hearing.