The family of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has come down hard on Attorney General Eric Holder, saying he needs to “accept responsibility” after he declined to apologize to them during Senate testimony this week.
Terry was gunned-down in December 2010, during a violent incident linked to two weapons from the controversial Fast and Furious gun-walking operation that were found at the scene of his murder.
“Mr. Holder needs to own Operation Fast and Furious… [T]he Attorney General should accept responsibility immediately. It is without question, the right thing to do,” said the Terry family in a statement Wednesday evening, according to ABC15. “In the end, Mr. Holder may chose not to apologize to the Terry family for the role that ATF and DOJ played in the death of Brian Terry.”
The family added that allowing guns to walk in Operation Fast and Furious “defied common sense.”
In their statement, the family excoriated the Attorney General for not taking full responsibility.
“The fact of the matter is that the men who killed Brian Terry were armed with brand new military grade assault weapons and ammunition. The weapons were allowed to be purchased with the full approval of ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona; both agencies falling under the control of the Attorney General,” the family wrote.
“The Attorney General has said that he did not know about the flawed tactics being used by ATF in Operation Fast and Furious; if this is true and he did not know, then he should have known,” the family added.
During Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) asked Holder whether he had apologized to the Terry family.
“I have not apologized to them,” said Holder.
Pressed by Cornyn to apologize on the spot, Holder said, “I certainly regret what happened to Agent Terry. I can only imagine the pain that his family has had to deal with, particularly his mother… We are not programmed to bury our kids. It pains me whenever there is the death of a law enforcement official, especially under the circumstances. It is not fair, however, to assume that the mistakes that happened in Fast and Furious directly led to the death of Agent Terry.”
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