• With: Rep. Darrell Issa

    This is a rush transcript from "On the Record," June 7, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

    GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Fireworks were exploding today on Capitol Hill! And it got loud. It got very loud! GOP lawmakers skewering Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. But the attorney general's response is sparking obvious frustration, especially for House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chair Darrell Issa.


    REP. DARRELL ISSA, HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: Have you and your attorneys produced internally the materials responsive to the subpoenas?

    ERIC HOLDER, ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES: We believe that we have responded to the subpoenas...

    ISSA: No! Mr. Attorney General, you're not a good witness. A good witness answers the question asked. So let's go back again. Have you and your attorneys produced internally the materials responsive -- in other words, have you taken the time to look up our subpoena and find out what material you have responsive to it, or have you simply invented a privilege that doesn't exist?

    HOLDER: You're saying internally, have we...

    ISSA: Internally! Have you pulled all that information?

    HOLDER: We've looked at 240 custodians (ph). We have processed millions of electronic records and we've reviewed over 140,000 documents and produced to you about 7,600.

    ISSA: So 140,000 documents. How many documents are responsive but you are withholding at this time?

    HOLDER: Well, we've produced 7,600...

    ISSA: Look, I don't want to hear about the 7,600!

    REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS, D-MD, RANKING MEMBER: Mr. Chairman, I would beg to allow...

    ISSA: The lady is out of order!

    You know, I appreciate that there was hostility between the attorney general and myself. I would hope that the...

    CUMMINGS: Just for the record...

    ISSA: I would hope that the ranking member would understand that...


    ISSA: ... that, in fact, most of it was produced by the fact that I have a great many questions and a relatively little period of time in which to get answers...

    HOLDER: With all due respect to Chairman Issa, he says there's hostility between us. I don't feel that, you know? I understand he's asking questions. I'm trying to respond as best I can. I'm not feeling hostile at all. I'm pretty calm. I'm OK.

    REP. TREY GOWDY, R-S.C.: If you think that you are being singled out because of political ideology or race or any other characteristic or factor when it comes to Fast and Furious, you are sorely mistaken!

    REP. MIKE QUIGLEY, D-ILL.: With the greatest respect, I would say that I believe that the effort here has become politically motivated in an attempt to embarrass the administration, and that diminishes the process.


    VAN SUSTEREN: So how does Chairman Issa think the hearing went? We spoke with him earlier tonight.


    VAN SUSTEREN: You've had quite a morning today. Did you get what you wanted from the attorney general?

    ISSA: Well, I think we got the impression that we needed to know. Will he cooperate with the request of the speaker? And it was very clear he wanted to talk about cooperation, while, in fact, clearly, he did not answer any questions about new discovery.

    And you know, it's been since May 18th. Obviously, the speaker has to judge now whether or not no answer in this long a period of time means he's not going to answer questions that the speaker of the House believes are legitimate.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right. So you are -- so have pending a draft to hold him in contempt of Congress for failure to respond to the subpoena, correct?

    ISSA: We do.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, and mid-May, let's get facts straight, is it that the speaker of the House, John Boehner, got involved in it in an effort to sort of persuade the Justice Department to comply.

    ISSA: He asked for a very reduced, very limited, very targeted portion of all of our subpoenas in hopes that that would be sufficient. And certainly, he cut it down to the minimum we would need in order to find out how Congress was lied to on February 4th of last year.

    And this is the problem we have is that the attorney general only wants to answer questions before February, when we were lied to, not about the 10 months in which they didn't come clean.

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right, so did you get today the answers to everything you have asked for from the attorney general?

    ISSA: No.

    VAN SUSTEREN: OK. And so now -- the attorney general came today. You had the little go-'round. I heard that exchange, which it got hot, right?

    ISSA: Well, I think we asked questions. He wanted to not give straight answers. And I tended to cut him off so I could get to the next one. But I think even by the time we got down to Jason Chaffetz, his answer to questions were that he had superior knowledge to the verbatim reading of an email that we were able to discover.

    And this has been the problem. He wants to say he has superior knowledge, he knows things, but he doesn't want to actually provide them. And Greta, the most important thing that we had today was multiple members of our committee -- both attorneys, career attorneys and members of Congress -- have read the wiretaps that were supplied to us by whistleblowers and reached the conclusion that if you read them, you knew, they knew they were gun walking.