Eric Holder called upon to resign in Senate hearing
Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday to explain the policies of President Obama’s Justice Department. During the hearing, Holder was called upon to resign by a prominent Republican senator.
“You have violated the public trust in my view, and by failing to perform the duties of your office. So Mr. Attorney General it is with sorrow and regret and anger that I can say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) said.
Holder responded by saying that Cornyn had been stating “breathless inaccuracies” and that he did not intend to resign.
This was the ninth time that Holder has participated in a hearing that involved the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, which in itself is creating momentum to have Holder removed from office.
Sen. Cornyn accused Holder of misleading Congress on a number of occasions, particularly in February 2011 when he denied knowledge of gunwalking and in May 2011 when he told Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that he was unaware of Operation Fast and Furious.
On top of the catastrophic Fast and Furious gunwalking operation, Cornyn excoriated Holder’s policies on voter fraud and voter ID.
Holder was accused of stonewalling the investigation and Cornyn said that only, “7,600 documents out of a pool of about 80,000” had been submitted at that point.
“Mr. Attorney General, I believe we have come to an impasse,” Cornyn said.
Sen. Cornyn said that he was frustrated with the lack of documents submitted and that Democrats avoided the issue of Operation Fast and Furious during the hearing.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee suggested that Republicans were attacking Holder and the Department of Justice merely for partisan purposes, “In this presidential election year, when there may be a temptation to try to score political points, I urge the members of this Committee to help the Department better fulfill its duties to protect Americans and safeguard their rights and to engage in responsible oversight efforts.”
Holder has been under assault from Republicans in the House of Representatives and faces possible censure for not turning over materials in regard to Operation Fast and Furious. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, will decide what to do with Holder on Wednesday, June 20, when they vote on whether or not to charge the attorney general with contempt.
The ranking member of the Senate committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), said “Here we are, one year later, and the Terry family is still waiting for answers. They’re still waiting for justice.”