(JAMESTOWN, N.C.) -- As the Justice Department investigates how U.S. guns were allowed to flow illicitly into Mexico under the watchful eyes of federal agents, President Obama said Tuesday in an exclusive interview with ABC News that “people who have screwed up will be held accountable.”
“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,” Obama said in an interview with ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper.
“It’s very upsetting to me to think that somebody showed such bad judgment that they would allow something like that to happen,” he said. “And we will find out who and what happened in this situation and make sure it gets corrected.”
Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have come under scrutiny by some Congressional Republicans who allege high-ranking administration officials were aware of the program -- known as “Fast and Furious” -- and its flaws, but did not intervene.
Of the thousands of guns involved in the operation, several reportedly have ties to violent crimes in Mexico and along the U.S. border, including the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Earlier this month, Obama said he has “complete confidence” in Holder to oversee a Justice Department investigation into the gun-running operation, but the Attorney General has been accused of stonewalling -- and even perjuring himself about what he knew and when he knew it -- by those delving into the operation.
“I have complete confidence in him," Obama said of Holder at a news conference on Oct. 6, "and I’ve got complete confidence in the process to figure out who, in fact, was responsible for that decision and how it got made."
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