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Carney Can’t Explain False Holder Testimony

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today was unable to explain apparent inconsistencies in testimony by Attorney General Eric Holder before Congress, but he brushed off calls by Republicans for a special prosecutor to investigate whether Holder committed perjury.

Holder is accused by Republicans of potentially misleading the Judiciary Committee when he testified that he had learned about the Fast and Furious gun running operation to Mexico just weeks before his May 3, 2011 appearance before the panel. But documents recently unearthed suggest he was informed of the operation well before then, in 2010.

Carney held to what has become the administration line that Holder didn’t learn the controversial aspects of the operation – which sent guns to Mexico that were used in killings, including that of an American agent – until soon before his testimony.   But Carney repeatedly ignored that Holder had testified not that he had only just found out about controversial aspects of the operation, but that he had just learned of the operation itself.

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

Holder’s testimony was “consistent and truthful,” Carney said, even while not denying that Holder had actually learned about the operation in 2010.

Carney scoffed at a request by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for a special counsel to investigate, belittling Smith by saying he routinely requests special counsels.

16 Responses to Carney Can’t Explain False Holder Testimony

  1. So many questions beyond what MrHolder knew or when he knew it:
    How was the ATF to follow the firearms in Mexico?
    Were there GPS units hidden somewhere inside the firearms?
    If they did follow the firearms to a drug cartel in Mexico, what were they going to do about it?
    If the firearms never left Arizona, did they have plans to retrieve them?
    Was the Mexican government aware of this program to arm drug cartels?
    If the Mexican government was unaware of this program at the time, who would be held responsible for the deaths caused by this infusion of firearms?

  2. I like to think of myself an optimist but, my God – I have a hard time believing America’s going to survive this corrupt, tyrannical administration. What Obama and Co. get away with is astounding.

    • Who’s going to fire him? Not Obama. Holder’s pants are already on fire, and Obama pretends he’s an altar boy. This administration seems to be able to declare black is white and green is red, and no one calls them on it!

  3. I continue to be flabbergasted at the White House press corps. Where are the hard-hitting questions? What happened to “the reporter’s responsibility to the truth?” Where are the shoe-leather reporters of old? The press should be jumping all over this 24/7/365.
    The only logical conclusion is that the majority of the White House press corps support the current Administration and will do everything to help it win re-election.

  4. Obama and Holder have American and Mexican Blood on their hands. Carney is lying, just as Holder is lying. Libby went to prison for a lot less, Holder needs to be investigated. This administration have proved it thinks it is above the law! No More! Investigate and Prosecute!

  5. “belittling Smith by saying he routinely requests special counsels.”

    Well, duh! only because the White House keeps doing things worthy of investigation! Duh!