Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder vented his anger over the Fast and Furious investigation, saying “some people can kiss my ass” if they believe he was too tough in reassigning a federal prosecutor over the scandal.
In newly revealed emails, among 64,000 documents the Justice Department released to a House committee investigating alleged misconduct, Holder treated two dozen prosecutors almost like children when they criticized the handling of a colleague’s resignation, according to The Wall Street Journal.
“Why wouldn’t we get the benefit of the doubt. Assume we’re doing things for the right reasons and in the right way,” Holder said. “I’m counting to 10,’’ later adding, “some people can kiss my ass.”
The emails involved Kenneth E. Melson, the former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms leader who was reassigned at the height of the scandal.
Senior department officials were angry that Melson couldn’t issue his own press release and that the Justice Department insisted on releasing one for him, The Journal reported.
“This is not a negotiation,” Holder wrote. “Soft landing is way more than enough.”
During Operation Fast and Furious, agents lost track of the weapons sold to Mexican drug cartels, including one used to kill Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
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