WASHINGTON, June 28 -
Mr. Speaker, we are here today because of an ill-convicted, dangerous, illegal, gun-running scheme called Operation Fast and Furious.
This operation has resulted in the death of at least one ñ maybe two ñ Federal agents and in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican nationals; yet we still cannot get a straight answer from the Justice Department as to what happened. The Attorney General says he doesnít know who authorized this nonsense, but he wonít let Congress help him find out the facts.
In December of last year, Attorney General Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee and told me that Operation Fast and Furious was ìflawed and recklessî and that it was ìprobably trueî that more people were going to die.
Now isnít that lovely?
Why is the Attorney General being so obstinate?
After months of delay, delay, delay, today is the day of reckoning.
This administration claims to be the most transparent administration in history. So why wonít the administration let the American people know what happened during Fast and Furious? What are they hiding?
This contempt resolution is about one thing. Itís about finding out how much a stealth and dangerous operation could ever be authorized by the Government of the United States. Why would our government help smuggle guns to our neighbor and put them in the hands of the enemy of Mexico and the United States ñ the violent drug cartels?
And no wonder the Attorney General of Mexico wants those in the United States who are responsible to be extradited to Mexico and tried for those possible crimes. Mexico is more interested in Fast and Furious than is our own government.
As a former judge, I can tell you that contempt is used as a last resort to let individuals know they will comply with a lawful order whether they like it or not. Even the Attorney General cannot evade the law.
Time for America to find out the truth about gun smuggling to Mexico. Time for a little transparency.
Today is judgment day.
And thatís just the way it is.