Representative Darrell Issa told Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday that he was “not a good witness” as the two clashed once again over the botched gun trafficking case known as Operation Fast and Furious.
In a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Mr. Issa, a California Republican, chastised Mr. Holder as having failed to directly answer a question about whether the department had gathered and indexed all the materials asked for in a subpoena he issued last fall. Mr. Issa has threatened to cite Mr. Holder with contempt.
When Mr. Holder stressed that he had already testified eight times about Fast and Furious and that the department had produced more than 7,600 pages of documents, Mr. Issa cut him off, “Look, I don’t want to hear about the 7,600.”
Republicans pressed Mr. Holder about when senior officials learned that agents of theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona who were working on the case were using the tactic of “gun walking” — allowing guns to remain on the street, rather than swiftly interdicting them, in order to build a bigger case.