Rumors swirling all morning have been confirmed by Fox News:
House Republicans are going to call for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is sending a letter to President Obama arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself and will request a probe by a special counsel.
The question is whether Holder committed perjury during a Judiciary Committee hearing in May. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious.
How about Holder’s initial defense – that he doesn’t speak English very well, and didn’t understand the question that prompted him to perjure himself? It’s not flying with Darrell Issa:
In response to the Monday release of that and other documents, the Justice Department said Holder was confused by the question, and that he was answering about when he first learned of the “troubling tactics” of the program, not the name of it.
But House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., told Fox News on Tuesday morning that Holder saying he didn’t understand the question rather than he didn’t know of the program is not a successful defense to perjury.
Operation Fast and Furious just blew wide open. There’s no way the networks, other than CBS, can keep ignoring it. There’s no way they can avoid asking questions about it at White House press conferences any more. They can’t quietly “forget” to report that Obama’s Attorney General looking at jail time for perjury.