Idaho Representative Calls For Attorney General's Resignation

Representative Raul Labrador (R-ID) has called for the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, who was caught perjuring himself before Congress this week.

A statement from Labrador’s office reads:

Mr. Labrador has been critical of potential abuses of the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BAFTE) since his March 17, 2011 letter to Oversight Chairman Darrel Issa urging his committee to conduct in-depth investigations into allegations of weapons being sold, with federal government complicity, to Mexican cartels.  Over 1,500 such weapons remain unaccounted for and already one was found at the scene of the death of an American law enforcement officer.

Labrador stated, “I first learned about Fast and Furious early this year from several of my constituents.  I then asked Chairman Issa to hold hearings on the topic.  As I attended the hearings and reviewed the evidence, I was careful to not jump to any conclusions about the extent of Mr. Holder’s involvement.  However, the recently published documents that directly link Mr. Holder to Fast and Furious have convinced me that he is either lying or grossly incompetent.”

Rep. Labrador continued, “The Attorney General of the United States has an obligation to provide truthful and accurate testimony to Congress. When Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress on May 3, his statements were either untrue or deliberately misleading.  It is clear from recently-released documents that Mr. Holder did in fact know about Fast and Furious well before he publicly admitted.  Attorney General Holder has a troubling pattern of failed cooperation with the legislative branch. Because of this intentional stonewalling and his misleading testimony, I now call for Mr. Holder’s resignation.  It is clear he has not been honest about the extent of his involvement with the failed Fast and Furious program and should not be entrusted with managing the Department of Justice.“

“He cannot avoid responsibility for his involvement with a government program that directly led to the tragic death of a decorated U.S. Border Patrol agent.  As our nation’s top enforcer of the principles of law and justice, Mr. Holder has lost all credibility and should step down immediately. The question now is if Mr. Holder is he only protecting himself or is he also protecting others – perhaps all the way to the top of the administration,” Labrador concluded.

Note that Labrador is a lawyer – in fact, he is the owner and managing partner of a law firm.

The Eric Holder Career Death Watch officially began at President Obama’s press conference today, when Obama professed his “full confidence” in a man who is either guilty of perjury, or unbelievably incompetent.  Given Obama’s “full confidence” kiss of death, it might be a good idea to check Holder’s office right now, and make sure he’s still there.