Beleaguered Attorney General Eric Holder, finding himself deeper and deeper into a career-threatening hole over the failed “Fast and Furious” gun smuggling scandal, wants to meet with Congressman Darrell Issa to try and find a way out of the mess.
Holder sent a letter to Issa Thursday, saying he is finally prepared to turn over documents on how the failed program allowed scores of illegally-obtained guns to find their way to Mexico and used in crimes, including the slaying of U.S. border agent Brian Terry.
Holder proposed a meeting by Monday to work out the details and to provide a briefing to “explain how the Justice Department’s understanding of the faces of Fast and Furious evolved.”
The scandal erupted last year when Holder lied to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley that his department’s agents had allowed “gun walking” — letting illegally-purchased guns to be transported from the U.S. to Mexico by gun-runners in an effort to track them to arms dealers. The “investigative tactic” is supposedly barred by Justice Department policy.
Holder later backed away from his earlier denials and documents proved he was lying.