Although the Senate Judiciary Committee held its standard oversight hearing, the Attorney General Eric Holder received questions from Republican senators who have been critical about the handling of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive's failed sting operation aimed at gun smugglers, Operation Fast and Furious.
Holder vowed that the tactics used during operation Fast and Furious would never be used again by the Justice Department. The operation allowed guns to be smuggled across the U.S.-Mexico border in order to establish links between arms dealers and drug cartels.
The Attorney General also said that the Justice Department never knowingly provided Congress with false information about Fast and Furious, a charge leveled by House and Senate Republicans. Mr. Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing.
Holder has particularly drawn the ire of Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the ranking Republican of the Senate Judiciary Committee who has called on Holder for accountability. Grassley along with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and more than 30 Republicans have called for the Attorney General to resign.