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In this Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 picture, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles drive from a checkpoint, as teams of border officers comb the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico in search for a suspect in the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the rugged terrain in Rio Rico, Ariz. The shooting Tuesday night came after agents spotted suspected bandits known for targeting illegal immigrants along a violent smuggling corridor, National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner said. Terry, 40, was waiting with three other agents when the gunbattle erupted. Terry died in the shooting. None of the other agents were injured. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) In this Thursday, Dec. 16, 2010 picture, U.S. Border Patrol vehicles drive from a checkpoint, as teams of border officers comb the Arizona desert about 10 miles north of Mexico in search for a suspect in the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in the rugged terrain in Rio Rico, Ariz. The shooting Tuesday night came after agents spotted suspected bandits known for targeting illegal immigrants along a violent smuggling corridor, National Border Patrol Council President T.J. Bonner said. Terry, 40, was waiting with three other agents when the gunbattle erupted. Terry died in the shooting. None of the other agents were injured. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  

DNC dissembles as TheDC presses for answer on Fast and Furious apology

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Democratic National Committee spokesman Brad Woodhouse accused The Daily Caller of playing “reindeer games” for pressing him on questions related to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal currently hampering the Obama administration.

The latest question Woodhouse refused to answer concerns whether his boss, DNC chairwoman and Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, thinks President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder should apologize to Mexican President Felipe Calderon for the roughly 300 civilians who were murdered with weapons that crossed the border as part of the ill-fated Fast and Furious program.

TheDC gave Woodhouse and spokespersons for House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid until 5 p.m. Thursday to answer whether they think Obama and Holder should apologize to Mexico for the deadly scandal. None of the spokespeople answered the question. It’s unclear if any plan to.

Several Republicans have called on Obama or Holder — or both — to apologize to Mexico. House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, who leads the congressional investigation into Fast and Furious with Sen. Chuck Grassley, told TheDC recently that the Department of Justice “has blood on their hands” and that Holder owes Mexico an apology.

After Obama’s apology to Afghan President Hamid Karzai for an American soldier’s killing rampage that left 16 civilians dead, Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told TheDC he thinks Obama and Holder owe a similar apology, however belated, to Calderon.

“Absolutely, [Obama] should apologize to Mexico,” Gohmert said in a phone interview. “But in this case it’s not only the president, but Attorney General Holder should [also] be apologizing.” (RELATED: Full coverage of Operation Fast and Furious)

“This was on his watch, it was his responsibility,” Gohmert added, “and even though he continues to refuse to take responsibility, Attorney General Holder, obviously he’s not going to do an honorable thing like President Bush’s attorney general — [Alberto] Gonzales — did when he tendered his resignation, and apparently is just going to try to stick it out until the end.”

“So, if he’s going to stick it out until the end and not do the honorable thing, to resign, then the least he can do is apologize to the families of those that his negligence as the attorney general, the person in charge of Justice, has allowed to happen to their loved ones.”

Obama and Holder have already apologized to the family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who, like the hundreds of Mexican citizens, was murdered with a Fast and Furious-trafficked firearm. Obama sent Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to Terry’s funeral with a letter from him to Terry’s family in hand. The president also called Terry’s family shortly thereafter.

Holder didn’t apologize to the Terry family until almost a year after the murder. He sent the family a letter apologizing after Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn pressured him during an early November 2011 Senate hearing.

Shortly after that hearing, Holder wrote his apology letter to Terry’s family — but the Justice Department press office leaked the letter to Politico before the family read it.

Cornyn, too, told TheDC on Thursday that he thinks Obama and Holder need to apologize to Mexico for Fast and Furious.