By Joshua Altman - 10/05/11 03:35 PM EDT
But Issa held back from accusing the attorney general of directly lying to lawmakers, saying only that Holder “may or may not have perjured himself.”
Documents released Tuesday showed that the attorney general might have been informed about the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation months before he claimed to have first learned about it.
In the controversial program, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents sold firearms to known and suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels but lost track of many of the weapons, which might have contributed to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
As House Oversight chairman, Issa has regularly pursued investigations of the Obama administration since taking the gavel in January. Issa has said, however, that any inquiry into Holder’s statements to Congress would “have to be resolved before the Judiciary Committee,” of which he is also a member.