Bloomberg Offers Little On Attorney General Holder, ‘Fast And Furious’ Debacle

NYC's Gun Control Mayor Not Into 'Trying To Blame People For The Past'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a man not known to mince words when it comes to illegal guns, is steering clear of the controversy over “Operation: Fast and Furious” — the botched gun-tracking program that has some calling for heads to roll in Washington.

The founder of the group “Mayors Against Illegal Guns” has refused to even offer an opinion on the future of Attorney General Eric Holder.

“If he resigns, it’s a decision he makes. I can’t make decisions for him,” Bloomberg told CBS 2’s Tony Aiello on Thursday.

“Guns lost in this operation will continue to show up at crime scenes,” Holder said recently.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed 2,000 guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. It tried to track them but failed. The weapons are now turning up at crime scenes on both sides of the border.

At New York’s leading anti-gun group, there’s criticism for “Fast and Furious.”

“The administration should take responsibility for making sure that this kind of an operation never happens again,” said Jackie Hilly of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence.

However, few gun-control proponents are blaming Holder or joining Republicans in calling for his resignation.

Holder has denied a cover-up and said critics are trying to score political points.

“We cannot afford to let the tragic mistakes of ‘Operation: Fast and Furious’ to become a political sideshow,” Holder said.

Bloomberg seems clearly willing to give Holder a pass.

“I’ve never been into looking at the past and trying to blame people for the past,” the mayor said.

Attorney General Holder, who was born in the Bronx and raised in Queens, also seems to be avoiding much in the way of criticism here at home, but the heat is still on, with three congressional committees investigating “Operation Fast and Furious.”

On Thursday one Republican said if the controversy isn’t resolved quickly, Holder could face impeachment.

Please offer your thoughts in the comments section below.

  • Raconteur

    “The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed 2,000 guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug dealers. It tried to track them but failed. ”

    How did they ‘try to track them’ when the field agents were ordered to not track the straw buyers or follow the weapons?

  • Chris

    If I had given guns to felons or operated the way Bloomberg did in other states, I would be doing hard Federal time. As we have seen time and again, laws are for the little people not our betters.

  • Longscout

    FURTHERMORE, the headline “NYC Mayor not into “holding people responsible for the past” is generous to a fault, that fault being Bloomberg time and again has tried to hold gunshop owners across the country responsible for the shortcomings of an excessive penchant for so-called “gun-control” in his city over past years — under his watch.

    But do not let me get this series of comments off track: the subject at hand is Eric Holder and his missionary zeal to relieve American citizens of both their Second Amendment guarantees by setting up ‘newsworthy’ events that might be attacked by either legislation or presidential fiat, _and_ to prevent the adjudication of persons he determines represent _classes_ of people with worthy grievances against “society” ~ American society. In short, Eric Holder is not fit to hold his office.

  • george Scott

    Holder should be held criminally responsible for that agents death because it was his people causing these guns to be used in crimes. He should also be held financially responsible to that agents family.

  • Anonymous

    I personally am highly offended that Senator Gillibrand has not come out with a pubic comment on the attorney general’s actions. If she had any backbone, she’d stand with the 52 members of the house and 4 members of the senate and call for his resignation but she seems to be too busy holding hands with NY AG Schneiderman calling to make tougher penalties for those who sell guns illegally. Ms. Gillibrand, it appears as though our own government in one of the biggest offenders. Stand up and represent your constituents – demand the truth and call for Mr. Holder’s resignation.

  • Longscout

    Eric Holder should resign for having failed to administer with capacity, focused attention, and discernment the Dept. of Justice under his watch. If he does not and the President does not demand his resignation, then we shall know without question that the orders for this evil initiative came from the very top — POTUS himself.

    I cannot presently much care what Mayor Bloomberg thinks or says, he having been so diligent and lugubriously “sincere” in describing his animus toward firearms in the hands of US citizens other than those under his own care as a city administrator. His words and actions have betrayed him, in the matter of firearms, as willing to traffic in rumor and insinuation in place of fact. Let us all remember, there are no “illegal guns,” only criminals who fail to fulfill governmental regulations that are questionably established to thwart the guarantees of the Second Amendment. This makes him one of those who is among “all enemies…domestic” opposed to the Constitution of the United States.

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