Tuesday, November 15, 2011

House members demand accountability in "Fast and Furious" operation

House members call for Holder's resignation, accountability and transparency in ATF's failed gun running operation

WASHINGTON, DC – Today over a dozen members gathered to demand accountability and transparency from Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice for the failed and flawed gun running operation “Fast and Furious”. After months of evasive answers by this administration and those in charge of this program nearly 40 members of the U.S. House, some of whom are participating today, have called for Attorney General Holder’s resignation.

The firearms Attorney General Holder allowed to walk during this unprecedented operation have been linked to dozens of crime scenes, including the murder of a U.S. border patrol officer and hundreds of deaths in Mexico.

Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-01) “Attorney General Holder’s refusal to take responsibility for the actions of his department is inexcusable. The American people need answers to how this operation was authorized and assurances that nothing like this can or will ever happen again.”

Congressman Raul Labrador (ID-01): “After reviewing Attorney General Holder’s conflicting testimonies, uncovered evidence and recently released documents on ‘Fast and Furious,’ it is clear that he is either lying or grossly incompetent. Either way, he is unfit to serve the American people as the highest law enforcement officer in the land. Mr. Holder can no longer refuse responsibility for the actions of departments under his purview that cost the life of decorated U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and that have put the lives of thousands of American citizens at risk. Eric Holder must resign, and responsible lawmakers and public servants should insist he do so.”
Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27): “The Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been trying to work with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Department of Justice and other federal departments and agencies but we have been stonewalled. There must be accountability and responsibility within the federal government to make sure nothing like Operation Fast and Furious happens again. American taxpayers have a right to know what happened, who knew about it, and who is ultimately responsible for Operation Fast and Furious going so wrong.”

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