Rep. Issa's Claim That White House 'Changed Story' On Fast And Furious Dissolves

September 06, 2011 4:01 pm ET — Matt Gertz

On Friday, the press office for Republicans on the House Oversight Committee emailed reporters to inform them that the White House was "changing [its] story on Operation Fast and Furious." Given how Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has focused his committee's hearing into the botched ATF operation on trying to damage the Obama administration, the accusation was worth taking with a grain of salt.

The press email flagged a CBSNews.com story informing readers that while "an administration official" previously told the network that certain emails between a White House official and the ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix-based operation were unrelated to Fast and Furious, that same official now says that the emails do reference it.

Unfortunately for Issa, CBSNews.com has since corrected its story to acknowledge that there was no inconsistency between the administration official's statements:

Correction: In an earlier version of this report, CBS News reported that an administration official claimed certain emails weren't related to Fast and Furious, then later acknowledged they probably were. In fact, the official did not change his representation: the emails discussed were two different sets of emails.

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