President Obama today said he had complete confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder and his efforts to stop gunrunning along the southwest border.
Mr. Obama was responding to a question about the ATF Fast and Furious scandal in which suspected traffickers purchased thousands of weapons, and were allowed to send them to Mexican drug cartels. The idea was to try to take down a major cartel.
Mr. Obama said that Holder has indicated he was not aware of the controversial tactic known as "letting guns walk." The president added, "Certainly I was not (aware)."
The president also said that both he and Holder would have been "very unhappy" if somebody had suggested that guns were allowed to cross the border, and that could have been prevented.
Earlier this week, CBS News reportedmentioning Fast and Furious as early as July, 2010.
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The Inspector General is looking into the controversy, at Holder's request. Congressional Republicans are also investigating.