By Bernie Becker - 10/09/11 01:57 PM EDT
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Sunday called Attorney General Eric Holder’s contention that he didn’t know about a gun-tracking program gone wrong until this spring “disingenuous on its face.”
Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, also said his panel would be issuing new subpoenas in its investigation of “Fast and Furious” this week.
“We want to know what did they know and when did they know it,” Issa said about the subpoeanas on “Fox News Sunday.”
Issa’s comments came shortly after Holder fired back at his critics over “Fast and Furious,” saying Republican comments on the issue had become “irresponsible and inflammatory.”
But on Sunday, Issa continued to question Holder’s oversight of the program, and his claim in May that he had not heard about “Fast and Furious” until a few weeks prior.
Issa was skeptical that Holder would not have been briefed about the program after guns linked to “Fast and Furious” were found near where Brian Terry, a border patrol agent, was killed late last year.
“If we assume for a moment that he didn’t know, the question is: Is he competent?” Issa said on Fox.
Still, Issa – who pointedly used the term “felony” to describe aspects of “Fast and Furious” – stopped short of joining some fellow Republicans in calling for Holder to resign.
“I’ve always taken the tack that the president picks the people he has full confidence in,” Issa said. “The president still seems to have full confidence in Eric Holder, something I don’t share.”