Feb. 2, 2012, Fairfax, VA—Today, members of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight questioned Attorney General Eric Holder of the U.S. Justice Department on the stonewalling of subpoenaed information on the Fast and Furious debacle.
The Fast and Furious operation left one Border Patrol agent and at least 300 Mexicans dead because of the Justice Department’s operation to funnel guns to Mexican drug cartels.
“This was a transfer of firearms from straw purchasers to people who were not legally allowed to purchase them in violation of federal law. This was deliberately done to put the weapons in the hands of the cartels,” says Bill Wilson, president of Americans for Limited Government (ALG).
As Holder continues to argue that there has not been any cover up of the scandal while at the same time failing to turn over congressionally subpoenaed documents, it is time for the Obama Administration to come clean. Instead, in the wake of revelations that Justice Department officials had significantly more knowledge and involvement in the Fast and Furious disaster, Holder continues to claim innocence.
“It is time for Eric Holder to accept responsibility for the deaths that occurred based upon nothing more than a political public relations ploy attempting to drum up support for legislation banning firearms. Eric Holder should step down immediately to restore some semblance of trust in the U.S. Justice Department.”
The parents of the slain agent, Brian Terry, are promising a $25 million lawsuit against the federal government.
Interview Availability: Please contact Rebekah Rast at (703) 383-0880 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an interview with ALG President Bill Wilson.