As Attorney General Eric Holder prepares to be grilled by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday morning, the NRA is running an advertisement calling for his resignation. But the ad plays pretty fast with the facts.
The NRA ad states that "internal memos, addressed directly to Holder in the preceding months, made clear Holder's department was pushing Operation Fast and Furious, firearms supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels."
Actually, the memo in question states that the head of the gun-trafficking ring, Manuel Celis-Acosta, "and [redacted] straw purchasers are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels."
The memo in question doesn't include any discussion of the actual tactics used during operation Fast and Furious, like those included in a memo former Bush-era Attorney General Michael Mukasey received back in 2007. That memo stated that "controlled delivery have not been successful, the investigation is ongoing, and ATF would like to expand the possibility of such joint investigations and controlled deliveries -- since only then will it be possible to investigate an entire smuggling network, rather than simply arresting simply a single smuggler."
So far, evidence has established that Assistant Attorney General Lanny Bruer and his deputy knew about the Bush-era tactics in 2010, but there's no evidence they knew about the gun walking allegations surrounding Fast and Furious until whistleblowers went public in early 2011. Breuer has apologized for not connecting the "gun walking" tactics used in the Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver when the allegations about Fast and Furious emerged.
Here's the NRA's ad: