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. 

  The documents reportedly came from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.  The Justice Department has tried to distance itself from the program, but the release of these documents directly contradicts claims that officials were unaware that guns were being sold illegally.   A senior official at the Justice Department told Politico that while Holder knew that an operation was going on in 2010, he was not aware of the specific tactics of the Fast and Furious operation until early 2011.  CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article referred to Attorney General Eric Holder as "Eric Holden." The mistake was corrected immediately after publication but the changes took some time to go into effect due to the fact that the article was cached. We apologize for the error and thank the users who alerted us of it.
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