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Washington, DC – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) released the following statement regarding the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announcement that the committee will consider a report to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his failure to comply with the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious:

“In 2009, the Department of Justice (DOJ) allowed illegal weapons to cross the U.S. – Mexican border and enter into the hands of one of the most dangerous drug cartels in the world. This reckless decision led directly to the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and armed gangs of ruthless criminals engaged in a war of attrition against U.S. and Mexican law enforcement authorities.

“The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has conducted multiple hearings seeking to ascertain the DOJ’s level of involvement in this disastrous operation.  These hearings have confirmed that senior Justice Department officials were aware of the operation and that the DOJ provided false information to Congress with respect to the operation.

“The American people cannot be expected to trust their government if it operates beyond the bounds of accountability and the rule of law. The government should be forthright about its failures. America’s most senior law enforcement officials must step forward and cooperate with this good-faith inquiry into how and why this tragedy occurred.

“On behalf of the family of Brian Terry and the American people, I commend Chairman Issa for his leadership, and I support his efforts to the hold the DOJ accountable for its involvement in Operation Fast and Furious.”