In a tense exchange before theÂ Senate Judiciary CommitteeÂ and a combative speech on the Senate floor, Cornyn said Holder should resign because of the botched Operation Fast and Furious, theÂ 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 JusticeÂ Department.
â€œYou’ve violated the public trust in my view, by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office,â€ a stern Cornyn told an agitatedÂ Holder.
When Holder interrupted Cornyn’s denunciations, saying he would stand by his record, Cornyn accused him of â€œfilibusteringâ€ the hearing. But Holder insisted that it was Cornyn â€” and not himself â€” who was spreadingÂ falsehoods.
Holder flatly rejected the Texan’s demands, saying Cornyn’s statement was â€œalmost breathtaking in itsÂ inaccuracy.â€
â€œWith all due respect, senator, there is so much that is factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with,â€ he told Cornyn, the chairman of the Senate Republicans’ campaignÂ 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 ofÂ Border PatrolÂ agentÂ Brian Terry.
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