BOB SCHIEFFER: When the government's so
called "Fast and Furious" program was created, the idea was to allow
illegal guns to be shipped into Mexico so investigators could be traced
into where they were going and get a better handle on where Mexico's
criminal cartels were operating. The program has been a disaster. The
guns have been linked to killings of Mexican officials and now it
appears that Attorney General Eric Holder knew a lot more about it than
he recently told congress. Here's Sharyl Attkisson.
SHARYL ATTKISSON: New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder
was sent briefings on the controversial fast and furious operation as
far back as July, 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to
congress. Listen to what Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing on
May third this year.
ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL: I'm not
sure of the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for
the first time over the last few weeks.
ATTKISSON: Yet internal
justice department documents show at least ten months before that
hearing, Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing Fast and
Furious. - October 3, 2011 CBS Evening News