Congressman files “no confidence” resolution against Holder

posted at 12:50 pm on December 13, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Republicans in Congress appear to be increasingly committed to the idea that Attorney General Eric Holder should resign because of the part he played — or didn’t play — in Fast and Furious. Late yesterday afternoon, Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona — who, you’ll recall, said Holder and other top Justice officials could conceivably be cast as “accessories to murder” — filed a resolution in the House of Representatives to call for a vote of “no confidence” in the AG. The Daily Caller reports:

The resolution, introduced Monday afternoon, is a formal way to exhibit congressional disdain for Holder as the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious proceeds. It would also be an initial step toward some House Republicans’ plan to formally remove him from office if he won’t resign.

The resolution, officially numbered H. Res. 490, states that “it is the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress has lost confidence in the Attorney General of the United States.”

In a statement, Gosar denounced Holder’s continued refusal to comply with lawfully issued subpoenas and other official congressional requests for information.

Fifty-five House members, two senators, four presidential candidates, two sitting governors and leading members of the Second-Amendment-rights-advocacy community have called for Holder’s resignation. But notably, several Republican representatives who have not called for Holder’s resignation nevertheless still signed Gosar’s resolution — including North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers, Arizona Rep. David Schweikert, Illinois Rep. Bobby Schilling and Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson.

TheDC’s Matthew Boyle notes that the support for Holder’s resignation today far outweighs the support for the resignation of George W. Bush Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez in 2007. Gonzalez eventually resigned. Yet, today, the president and Holder continue to dismiss the movement for the AG’s resignation as manufactured and unimportant.

That might be why some Republicans in Congress have expressed that they would be prepared to begin the impeachment process. Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner suggested as much during a Dec. 8 House Judiciary Committee hearing, for example, and, in a recent TV appearance, South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy said, one way or another, voluntarily or through impeachment proceedings, Holder must resign.

Meanwhile, some MSM outlets continue to ignore Fast and Furious, even though the operation ultimately resulted in the deaths of more than 200 Mexicans and at least 11 violent crimes in the United States. What’s more, because so many of the guns sold to straw purchasers through the program have yet to be recovered, the death toll associated with the scandal is likely to still climb, as Holder himself admitted in congressional testimony last week.

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Please ask someone to explain how the traking of guns was “bungled”. All the emphasis on the “bungled” operation misses a key question. In what manner were the guns going to be “tracked”? I suggest the guns were not tracked at all, the point was to provide evidence for the need for gun control. If they was no real attempt to track, it is obvious that they wanted the guns to walk so they could be traced back to the US later.

arondeuce on December 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

I’m confused. Is it the guns that caused the deaths or the people who used them? The right has always maintained that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I guess it depends on who the President is.

plewis on December 13, 2011 at 1:08 PM

What? NOW you want to go with this standard???

Sorry pal, we’re holding you to YOUR standards here. If this had been a republican president you’d be blaming the guns, the president, the AG, the president’s dog, the president’s dog’s fleas, etc. ad nauseum.

Oh, and people did kill people. With guns supplied to them by the AG and his boss. If you can deny this and have ANY evidence to support your position, there’s a great future for you at the DNC.

runawayyyy on December 14, 2011 at 11:18 AM

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Mycroft_514 on December 14, 2011 at 12:50 PM