U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. once again faced criticism about the botched Fast and Furious gun-trafficking sting during his testimony Tuesday on Capitol Hill, but this time, he didn't seem to mind the tone.
"I wouldn't say pleasant, but it's different," Holder said before a House Appropriations subcommittee, hinting at the contentious congressional questioning he's faced on the matter several times over the last few months.
"At its core, I tend to agree with you. The questions you're asking today and other people are asking are legitimate."
Holder appeared on Capitol Hill to testify about the Justice Department's proposed $27.1 billion budget for 2013, which he says will focus on financial crimes like health-care fraud and insider-trading cases. But the lawmakers took the the chance to grill him about the Defense of Marriage Act, the HHS requirement on contraception, and, for the seventh time by Holder's count, the Fast and Furious sting.