At the May 3rd Judiciary Committee hearing, Congressman Darrell Issa asked Eric Holder, “When did you first know about the program officially, I believe, called Fast and Furious? To the best of your knowledge, what date?”
Holder responded: “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” (Hollingsworth, 2011)
According to CBS News investigative correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson, about Operation Fast and Furious - widely known as Operation Gunrunner, "Holder's office at first vehemently denied ATF has ever knowingly allowed weapons to get into the hands of suspected gunrunners for Mexico's drug cartels." (Attkisson, 2011)
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s mother has demanded to know who authorized the ATF weapon smuggling that caused the death of her son in the desert south of Tucson.
She will find her answer in a two-year-old speech of Attorney General Eric Holder.
In a speech recorded in the Justice News, (Justice Department’s site of record) the Attorney General himself announced Operation Gunrunner back in 2009:
In Cuernavaca, Mexico, on April 2, 2009, Eric Holder said: "Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner.
DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail." (Holder, 2009)