By Justin Sink - 12/08/11 01:54 PM EST
The Republican National Committee (RNC) launched a Web ad blasting Eric Holder for "covering up" the botched Fast and Furious program that allowed automatic weapons to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in advance of the attorney general's testimony before a House panel investigating the program Thursday.
“The American people deserve to know the truth about Fast and Furious,” said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus in a statement. “From the very beginning, the Justice Department has been dodging the issue. At first, Attorney General Holder said he did not know about the program, then he did, and most recently it was revealed that his office purposely provided false documents for the Senate investigation."
"The Obama administration denied the program's existence and withheld information to protect its political appointees," the narrator says.
The Fast and Furious program allowed illegally purchased guns to be taken across the border by Mexican drug cartels in an effort to monitor where they traveled, but came under fire when it was revealed that hundreds of weapons were lost and two guns were linked to the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent last December.
In a statement accompanying the release of the advertisement, Priebus called on Holder to resign.
“Today, Attorney General Eric Holder has the opportunity to come clean to the American people about what he knew and when he knew it," Priebus said. "An American border agent is dead, and we need answers. Attorney General Eric Holder needs to be held accountable. He should do the responsible thing and resign.”
The ad concludes by asking viewers to "hold Eric Holder accountable" by texting the RNC for more details.