Video of the Day: Eric Holder’s definition of “lying”

Happened during today’s Congressional hearings on Operation Fast and Furious – it’s around the 1:45 mark of this video (via Michelle Malkin):

Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle recaps, and provides a brief transcript:

When Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Attorney General Eric Holder had a sharp back-and-forth on whether or not officials in the Department of Justice lied to Congress. The questioning was during Thursday morning’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.

“First let me make something very clear, in response to an assertion you made, or hinted at: Nobody in the Justice Department has lied,” Holder said in response to accusations that he or his confidantes lied to Congress. “Nobody has lied.”


Still unsatisfied, Sensenbrenner followed up again. “Tell me what the difference is between lying and misleading Congress in this context?,” he asked Holder.

Holder responded that whether a statement is a lie or misleading comment depends on what the person making it is thinking at the time.

“If you want to have this legal conversation, it all has to do with your state of mind, and whether or not you had the requisite intent to come up with something that can be considered perjury or a lie,” Holder said. “The information that was provided in that February 4th letter was gleaned by the people who drafted the letter after they interacted with people who they thought were in the best position to have the information.”

It depends on the what the meaning of the word “is” is, didn’tcha know? 8-| In reality, it’s not just an issue of the infamous letter, but also the fact that Holder himself has lied before Congress on what/when he knew about Fast and Furious.

I’m not holding my breath that heads will roll over this one, but they danged well should.

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