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You're at home attorney general Eric Holder again defending his role in the fast and furious -- -- Testifying before the House Appropriations Committee -- -- hearing mainly dealing with budget matters.
The attorney general insisted even though two federal agents and at least 200 Mexican citizens were killed.
Buy guns from the fast and furious disaster holder says he took appropriate measures to halt the gun running program.
Once this was brought to my attention.
In spite of what other attorneys general might have done.
We briefings that they got.
When this attorney general heard about these practices.
To them men and women of the United States Department of Justice to appeal to people at main justice.
This ain't gonna be the way we conduct business stop.
Holder went on to suggest the real issue wasn't -- Justice Department operation the result of which were dead people both in Mexico in the United States.
But rather his treatment by the committee saying his treatment today was quote.
Fundamentally different from his experience.
With other committees.
How is congress treating the man responsible for his department's rogue fast and furious operation that resulted in the deaths of so many.
Congressman Paul goes -- of Arizona joins us here now.
Congressman I wanna talk to about primaries but I want to talk about a primary issue right now in March and DC.
And that is the conduct of the Obama Justice Department.
This was a defiant attorney general today.
Have you seen have you seen him react this way before.
Now and to be honest with -- do I think he's very insincere and he's mocking the process.
Well first of all if he really wanted to get to the bottom of this this hold people accountable which show competence by holding Lanny brewer number three.
Accountable for his actions I mean he -- you know during the time that he had -- Grassley letter sent out he was actually proposing another gun running aspect.
And this attorney general even purported actions.
In 9 April of 2009 in regards to gun running.
And if you would like to really get to the bottom of this turn over the 80000.
Pages of documents back over to it takes is -- is giving us a thumb drive.
I was sort of taken aback by his language that we just shared with the audience there today.
In spite of what other attorneys general might have done with briefings that they got -- this attorneys general.
-- heard about these practices I said to the men and women of the United States Department of Justice to the field to the people of the main justice.
This ain't going to be the way we do business.
I mean no he he he is he's playing partisan politics obviously.
As he tries to portray themselves.
Himself as -- get all of this rather than the families of those 200 Mexican citizens at least and the families -- two.
Law enforcement officers and all who would care about.
The and the honor and the safety of those this law enforcement officer.
And yet this is the same attorney general who's chief of staff -- intricate details of 15100 guns being moved.
He knows about -- -- lying from number three in command and -- Weinstein.
And yet still does nothing that's why I'm I still stand by my remarks is that he needs to go.
And you need to find somebody competent they can have an oversight of this process and -- it because he didn't end.
Well this process continues.
Over the course of the next month as well -- he will be back before.
And when is that into what is his next appearance scheduled.
You know I'm not sure I'm not sure -- I live a live like two or three days at a time I understand I understand congressman.
Well some folks -- running for the year parties nomination.
-- to be the presidential.
A candidate for the party.
Are living -- for right now in Arizona and in Michigan we give us give us what.
Give us your judgment what's going on in Arizona it's obvious the governor Romney is -- significantly in the polling well why is that what is his appeal.
Well first of all I think that he's got a very good ground game and that's very important in Arizona.
And he wants to work with Arizona Arizona -- you've been just talking like in fast and furious and other issues wants to be at the forefront of being a part of the success story here.
On in America -- and I think that's what he's after is is that he represents an economy building process that gentleman who's been part of building economies.
And and this is what they want to be involved and they want somebody that wants to be proud of their background and their heritage.
Congress from Fargo sir thanks so much we appreciate.
They think it's a very much.