Getting Holder Documents Only Way To Ensure 'Mistakes Such As These Won’t Happen Again,' Rep. Foxx Says

By Craig Bannister | June 20, 2012 | 5:26pm EDT

Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-NC) says that today’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s vote finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is “long overdue.”

Holder was found in contempt for his obstruction of the Congressional investigation of Justice-sanctioned Operation Fast & Furious. Now, the matter goes to the full House for consideration.

In her statement, Rep. Foxx  says Holder is withholding “a mountain of potentially critical information” about the infamous gunrunner operation (emphasis added):

“The Attorney General is not above the law,” Congresswoman Virginia Foxx stated. “His repeated disregard for Congressional subpoenas and choice to continue hiding a mountain of potentially critical information while stonewalling the Congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits contempt status. I support the committee’s decision. It is long overdue.”

She also says that, without the opportunity for Congress to review this information, it would be impossible to ensure botched operations like Fast and Furious won’t happen again:

“The American people deserve answers on this failed operation and they have every right to demand that those responsible for the disasters of Fast and Furious are held accountable. But without honesty, transparency, and good-faith cooperation from the Attorney General and Justice Department, there is no way to be confident that mistakes such as these won’t happen again.”

Rep. Foxx’s statement also reminds Americans of the tragic, deadly results of Operation Fast and Furious:

Fast and Furious is the failed operation run by the Department of Justice’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms division that authorized the sale and trafficking of illegal weapons in the United States and across the Mexican border. Guns sold through Fast and Furious were found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder in December of 2010.

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