A group of House Republicans Tuesday called on Eric Holder to immediately resign because of Operation Fast and Furious, saying the Attorney General did not tell the truth about the controversial “gun-walking” program.
During a Capitol Hill press conference, several members – including Reps. Paul Gosar, Raul Labrador, Tim Huelskamp and Blake Farenthold – also said President Barack Obama should join in their demand that Holder quit.
Labrador, an Idaho Republican, said the attorney general should resign for his role in the controversial operation.
“Attorney General Eric Holder cannot avoid responsibility for his involvement with a government program that directly led to the tragic death of a decorated Border Patrol agent,” Labrador said. “As our nation’s top enforcer of the principles of law and justice, Mr. Holder has now lost credibility and should step down immediately.”
And the Republican members said they should no longer be the only ones putting pressure on Holder to resign – Obama must also take action.
“When you have the privilege of leading the Department of Justice there is no excuse for not knowing what is going on, especially when it relates to something as controversial and dangerous as Fast and Furious,” Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican, said. “But ultimately the buck stops with the president of the United States. And I believe it’s time for the president to join us and step up to the plate and ask Mr. Holder to resign.”
Meanwhile, Texas Republican Farenthold called for Holder to “tell us what you knew, tell us who else knew, do the right thing and take responsibility for the actions you authorized.”
Holder faced intense questioning before a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing last Tuesday about how the Justice Department allowed as many as 2,000 guns to be taken into Mexico and why the department originally told Congress incorrect information about the program. Holder is next scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill on Dec. 8 to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
Operation Fast and Furious drew controversy when firearms connected to the program were linked to the Dec. 2010 death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The Justice Department did not return a request for comment as of publication.