Effort to Oust Attorney General Eric Holder Gains Momentum

By:  Alex Newman
07/02/2013
       
Effort to Oust Attorney General Eric Holder Gains Momentum

The total now stands at more than 130 U.S. representatives who are seeking the immediate resignation of scandal-plagued Attorney General Eric Holder.

Last month, more than 75 Republicans in the House of Representatives joined the effort to pass legislation on ousting scandal-plagued Attorney General Eric Holder (shown in photo), bringing the total number of representatives seeking his immediate resignation to over 130. Even some Democrats have added their voices to the growing chorus. The myriad scandals surrounding the Obama administration, meanwhile, continue to escalate as the president tries to deflect accountability.

The bid to oust disgraced Attorney General Holder began about two years ago following explosive whistleblower revelations regarding Operation Fast and Furious. The federal program, which was eventually exposed in Congress and the media by brave ATF agents, put thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Official documents later revealed that the resulting violence — hundreds of Mexicans and at least two U.S. federal agents were killed with Fast and Furious guns — was being used to advance gun control in America. While much of the media tried to portray the deadly operation as a “botched” investigation, it also emerged later that the two supposed "drug lords" and “targets” being "investigated" were on the FBI’s payroll.

After Congress found out about the scheme, Holder lied on numerous occasions, and he continues trying to cover up the crimes by refusing to hand over subpoenaed documents to congressional investigators. In June of 2012, the attorney general was even held in criminal contempt of Congress on a bipartisan vote, giving him the dubious distinction of being the first sitting Cabinet member in U.S. history to face such charges.

Now, congressional investigators on the House Judiciary Committee are also exploring whether or not Holder committed perjury when he falsely told lawmakers that he had never been involved in the prosecution of journalists. "This is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, or would think would be wise policy," Holder responded on May 15 when asked about spying on journalists.

More than a few Republicans have hinted that the attorney general could have been deliberately lying under oath — a very serious crime. Judiciary Committee chief Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) recently said his panel was “very concerned” about the possibility. Allegations of perjury from Holder’s previous bogus testimony on the gun-running scandal have not died down either. 

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