During Eric Holder’s testimony to Congress in May, he claimed he had first heard about the “Fast and Furious” operation “over the last few weeks.” But CNN has unearthed an interview its Spanish-language station had with Obama in March, in which the president brings up “Fast and Furious “unprompted, and said that “Eric Holder has been very clear that he knew nothing about this.”
Obviously, this raises the question: how did the president know Holder was unaware of “Fast and Furious”…unless they spoke about it in the first place?
The CNN interview with Obama took place on March 22. Holder testified before Congress he had just found out about the operation “over the last few weeks” on May 3. Charitably assuming Holder and Obama had first become aware of the operation the day of the CNN interview, that’s still a span of at least six weeks that the attorney general knew about it. Does that still fall within Holder’s terribly vague “few weeks” timeline? Maybe, but it’s stretching it.
What Congress needs to find out now is when exactly the president and attorney general first discussed the operation. If Obama knew Holder’s “few weeks” comment was deliberately misleading, he’s had plenty of time to correct the record. Instead, he’s defended the attorney general’s account.