Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) has called for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the Obama Administration‚??s deadly ‚??Operation Fast and Furious‚?Ě scandal.¬† He made a very thorough case for this demand, describing the ‚??impasse‚?Ě Holder‚??s actions have brought him to with Congress, and included mention of Holder‚??s efforts to prevent state governments from combating voter fraud:
‚??It‚??s more with sorry and regret than anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office,‚?Ě Senator Cornyn concluded.¬† ‚??Americans deserve an Attorney General that will be honest with them.¬† They deserve an Attorney General who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability.¬† You‚??ve proven time and again, sadly, that you‚??re unwilling to do so.‚?Ě
Holder, whose testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today went about as well as his earlier appearance before the House Judiciary Committee, said ‚??I don‚??t have any intention of resigning,‚?Ě and described Cornyn‚??s allegations as ‚??almost breathtaking‚?Ě in their inaccuracy.
This comes only two days after Senator John McCain (R-AZ) issued a remarkable declaration of no-confidence in Holder on CNN‚??s ‚??State of the Union,‚?Ě saying that Holder had no credibility with Congress, and therefore could not be trusted to carry out the investigation of vital national security leaks, widely suspected to come from somewhere within the Administration.¬† McCain, along with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), called for a special prosecutor to investigate the leaks.
‚??It‚??s obvious on its face that this information came from individuals who are in the Administration,‚?Ě said McCain.¬† ‚??The president may not have done it himself, but the president certainly is responsible as Commander in Chief.‚?Ě¬† He went on to describe the leaks as ‚??the most egregious breach of intelligence in anybody‚??s memory,‚?Ě and repeated his assessment that Attorney General Holder cannot be entrusted with managing the investigation.