Lamar Smith wants special counsel to find out if Holder lied to Congress


A senior House Republican is calling on President Obama to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about a controversial gun-tracking operation.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Tuesday asked Obama to open an investigation into whether Holder told the truth when he testified that he only recently learned of Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-tracking operation staged by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Other top-ranking Republicans are demanding that Holder return to Capitol Hill to again testify under oath about the program.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told The Hill he will press ahead with the probe of Fast and Furious that he is conducting with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa is pushing Smith to investigate the matter himself and bring Holder before either of their committees to dig deeper into the issue.

Read More at The Hill By Jordy Yager, The Hill


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