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ABC's Jake Tapper Asks Obama About Fast & Furious in Unaired Portion of Interview


Obama said he first heard about the scandal "from the news reports."

Conservative critics are blasting the ABC network for omitting a portion of Jake Tapper's Tuesday interview with President Barack Obama, in which Tapper asked the president about the Fast and Furious gun scandal.

The network did not include the Fast and Furious clip during the full-length Nightline broadcast, nor did it include the portion in clips that aired on World News and Good Morning America.

Mediaite provides both the transcript and video of the unaired interview portion:

Tapper: “Just to change the subject from the economy, the ‘Fast and Furious’ controversy. Aside from some of the more wild charges out there, this is a big scandal. The Justice Department, the ATF was moving guns and some of them were tied to crime scenes. what was your response when you first heard about it?”

Obama: “Well I heard about it from the news reports. This is not something we were aware of in the White House and the Attorney General it turns out wasn’t aware of either. Obviously Eric Holder has launched a full investigation of this, it is not acceptable for us to allow guns to go into Mexico. Our whole goal has been to interdict aggressively in the flow of weapons and cash flowing south into Mexico because the Mexican president, President Calderon, has done a heroic job of trying to take on these transnational drug cartels. So this investigation will be complete, people who have screwed up will be held accountable but our overarching goal consistently has been to say we’ve got a responsibility not only to stop drugs from flowing north, we’ve also got a responsibility to make sure we are not helping to either arm or finance these drug cartels in Mexico. So it’s very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen and we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.”

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