A committee claims Eric Holder refuses to turn over some documents in 'Fast & Furious.'
A crucial vote could come this week in the US House of Representatives on a resolution finding US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The resolution was approved last week by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee which is investigating "Fast and Furious," a botched gun sting.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa says Holder has refused to hand over some documents connected with the operation, which was begun during the Administration of then-President George W. Bush to track down Americans guns flowing to Mexican drug cartels. One of those weapons was used to kill US Border Patrol Brian Terry in an Arizona desert in December, 2010. Holder claims he has turned over a lot materials connected with "Fast and Furious."
Sixth District Congressman Roscoe Bartlett says "Fast and Furious" had the best of intentions, but it went terribly wrong. "Let them get a few guns that we can trace, with ammunition we can trace, so then that will give us a trail to the bad guys that we haven't been able to find," he says. "It blew up on 'em. It didn't work. There were way too many guns, and they ended up killing our own people. So the thing didn't work. Do you know what I would have done? 'Gee guys! It didn't work. We're sorry. We'll try something else. But we're really trying to get those bad guys.'"
Republicans say they want answers to some key questions: who in top positions knew about the operation before the murder of the US Border Patrol agent, and did anyone on Holder's team misinform Congress when they responded to the House Oversight Committee. Democrats have called this investigation a political witch hunt.
The vote by the Committee on the resolution was 23-17, along party lines, with Republicans in favor, and Democrats opposed.
Bartlett thinks this incident, and actions on the part of the president are deflecting the public's attention away from other more important problems. "Every six hours, there's another billion-dollar increase in the deficit and the economy is very bad," he says. "Maybe the president wants to divert attention from the fact the economy is so bad and unemployment is going up. To spend time voting on something like this when we have these really important things in front us is really pretty sad."