They've got muck; we've got rakes. TPM Muckraker

Awkward: Grassley Blows Lid On Internal DOJ Probe Into Fast And Furious Leaks

Fsrqlbixgwju3xxgrqve
Newscom

"It almost pains me -- and please don't take this away from Senator Grassley's time -- it pains me that, as you said, we had a private conversation, you sent me a handwritten note -- that I took very seriously," a visibly frustrated Holder responded.

"You and I have worked together on a variety of issues, I think I have a good relationship with you, you sent me a handwritten note that I looked at, took seriously, referred that letter to [the Office of Professional Responsibility] or the [Office of the Inspector General] -- I'm not sure which of the two -- and asked them to try to find out what happened," Holder continued.

"I called you to try to indicate to you that I had taken that matter seriously, that action had been taken," Holder said. "In a different time in Washington, I'm not sure that necessarily what you just said would have been shared with everyone here, but so be it, it's a different time I suppose."

Grassley said that he told Holder during their phone conversation that if he didn't want him to ask the question, he should have informed his staff "because I worked very closely with my staff," and "give the details so that I would know that this would be an inappropriate question to ask at the hearing."

Late update: Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) were apparently concerned that a leaked document "contained information protected under the Privacy Act regarding ATF whistleblower John Dodson's participation in an undercover law enforcement operation."

Progress overnight on deployment of new commenting system. We hope to move into a short beta-testing phase shortly.