POLITICO's Tim Mak is reporting that Attorney General Eric Holder has apologized to slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's family for his murder as a result of Operation Fast and Furious.
Eric Holder has told the family of slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry that he is “sorry for the loss of your son,” according to a private letter from the Attorney General obtained by POLITICO.
“I am sorry for the tragic loss of your son, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Brian was a hero who served his nation bravely and made the ultimate sacrifice,” writes Holder in a letter dated Wednesday.
“I agree with you that the tactic of allowing guns to ‘walk,’ as was permitted in Operation Fast and Furious, is completely unacceptable,” added Holder.
I have just spoken with Lana Domino, a close family friend of the Terry Family and she says Holder has absolutely not apologized to the Terry family for Brian's death in a letter or publicly. Not only has Holder not apologized to the Terry family, Holder has never even spoken to them.
"The Terry family never received the letter, not today, not yesterday," Domino tells Townhall.
Remember, during testimony on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Holder was asked by Texas Sen. John Cornyn if he wanted to issue an apology to the Terry family for the murder of their son as a result of the Justice Department's Operation Fast and Furious. Holder responded to Cornyn's question with, "It is not fair, however, to say the mistakes that happened in Fast and Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry."
Well Holder, these aren't "assumptions," they are facts. The fact is that two guns traced back to Operation Fast and Furious were found at Brian Terry's murder scene.
UPDATE: I have no doubt a "letter" from Holder leaked to POLITICO exists, the problem is the Justice Department leaked the letter to POLITICO before sending it to the Terry family in an effort to make Holder look like he actually cares about giving the family an apology. It is convenient that 11 months, nearly a year after Terry's murder, Holder finally feels compelled to apologize for his death only when the heat has been turned up about his knowledge of Fast and Furious.
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