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washingtonexaminer.comWashington Examiner:

Attorney General Eric Holder angrily defended himself Thursday in a Republican-led congressional hearing at which lawmakers called for his resignation as they pressed him for information about Operation Fast and Furious, a gun-trafficking program tied to the slaying of a U.S. border agent.

“I should be held accountable,” Holder shot back after a particularly bruising round of questions about the operation in which guns bought in the United States were allowed to reach drug cartels in Mexico. But, he added, he also should be given credit for successfully handling delicate national security matters and revitalizing anti-trust investigations and civil rights enforcement.

“Imagine that: Given some credit for the things this Justice Department has done under my leadership,” he said. “One has to balance all of these things.”

Holder was defending himself before the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, whose chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., has threatened to charge Holder with contempt of Congress if he does not turn over tens of thousands of documents related to Fast and Furious by Feb. 9.

Operation Fast and Furious permitted more than 2,000 guns to flow into Mexico, one of which was used to kill Brian Terry in December 2010.

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