Senator Tells Attorney General to Resign

June 13, 2012
By Alexa Walczak

WASHINGTON — Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, berated Attorney General Eric Holder at a dramatic Senate hearing Tuesday and called for the nation’s top law enforcement official to resign.

In a tense exchange before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a combative speech on the Senate floor, Cornyn said Holder should resign because of the botched Operation Fast and Furious, the Justice Department‘s slow response to a congressional subpoena for Fast and Furious documents, his aggressive criticism of state Voter ID laws, and his handling of alleged intelligence leaks within the Justice Department.

“You’ve violated the public trust in my view, by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office,” a stern Cornyn told an agitated Holder.

When Holder interrupted Cornyn’s denunciations, saying he would stand by his record, Cornyn accused him of “filibustering” the hearing. But Holder insisted that it was Cornyn — and not himself — who was spreading falsehoods.

Holder flatly rejected the Texan’s demands, saying Cornyn’s statement was “almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy.”

“With all due respect, senator, there is so much that is factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with,” he told Cornyn, the chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaign committee.

Cornyn was among many Republicans at the hearing who criticized Holder’s handling of Fast and Furious, an operation in which Phoenix-based ATF agents used watch-and-wait tactics on cartel-linked gunrunners but then lost track of over 2,000 weapons that slipped into Mexico. Two of those weapons were recovered in December 2010 in Arizona at the murder site of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Rattlerjake says:

    Allowing Holder to resign is an injustice. Being the US Attorney General does not give him immunity. This scumbag (Holder) violated numerous federal firearms laws and needs to be prosecuted and put in jail, with no chance of collecting benefits or retirement. Our government officials need to be treated no differently than if he was a regular citizen who committed the same crimes.

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