Holder calls Fast and Furious tactic inexcusable

December 8, 2011 - 2:32 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says it was inexcusable for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to use a controversial law enforcement tactic known as "gun-walking" in an effort to dismantle major arms trafficking networks along the Southwest border.

In prepared testimony for what is expected to be a rancorous hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Holder says the Justice Department has been fully cooperative with Congress on the question of how ATF managed to lose track of hundreds of illicitly acquired weapons in Arizona. Many of them were eventually recovered from crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S.

On Wednesday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, whose inquiry brought Operation Fast and Furious to light, called for the resignation of one of Holder's top aides, criminal division chief Lanny Breuer.