By August 2011, the bungled operation had become a full-fledged scandal, forcing the reassignment of the head of ATF and the resignation of the U.S. Attorney in Arizona.
In an Aug. 30 email, a deputy wrote to Mr. Holder and others that about 25 other U.S. Attorneys around the country “are upset’’ about how the U.S. Attorney’s resignation was handled.
Mr. Holder then vented in a reply: “Why wouldn’t we get the benefit of the doubt. Assume we’re doing things for the right reasons and in the right way.’’
He then added “I’m counting to 10,’’ indicating that he was trying not to get too upset about the matter.
Later on the night of Aug. 30, Holder proclaimed, “Some people can kiss my a**.”
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