During a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Thursday, Rep. Trey Gowdy, the no-nonsense congressman from South Carolina, pointed out that Attorney General Eric Holder, to this day, says he would not expect to be notified if guns from operation "Fast and Furious" were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
The revelation is found in the Department of Justice Inspector General's highly anticipated report on Fast and Furious, which was released earlier this week and recommended the Department of Justice review the actions of 14 officials. Two senior officials resigned after the report was released.
Rep. Gowdy questioned Michael Horowitz, the DOJ inspector general, during the Oversight Committee hearing on Thursday.
"The attorney general, even today, does not believe that a dead Border Patrol agent from an agency he doesn't supervise, who was killed by a weapon as part of an investigation of an agency he does supervise, is something that should be brought to his attention," Gowdy said.
Two of the 2,000 weapons "walked" during Fast and Furious were found at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. There are still roughly 1,400 guns that have not been recovered.
"Does your report not include a paragraph that, even today, the attorney general is not sure that this fact pattern should have been brought to his attention?" Gowdy asked Horowitz.
"The attorney general told us that it would not necessarily be something he would be expected to be notified of," Horowitz replied. "We are talking about not the death because he was notified of the death, but the fact that two firearms were found at the scene that were connected to operation Fast and Furious."
Gowdy was clearly not happy with the attorney general's line of reasoning and invoked his experience as a prosecutor.
"Inspector general, you were a prosecutor, I was a prosecutor, others up here have been prosecutors. When you have a dead law enforcement officer, the next words out of your mouth are: 'I want to know everything there possibly is to know about how this happened.' I don't just want to know what the autopsy says," he said.
Watch the video from the House Oversight Committee hearing: