It’s still on: Six more members of Congress call for Eric Holder’s resignation

posted at 11:00 am on March 7, 2012 by Tina Korbe

Between the contraception kerfuffle and the GOP primaries, the MSM has had too much to cover to tackle the fallout from Fast and Furious, too. Just kidding. Even if nothing else were going on, you’d still hear this news from just a handful of people. The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle reports this morning that the count of congressmen calling for Attorney General Eric Holder’s resignation has reached 109:

Spokespeople for Florida Republican Reps. Cliff Stearns and Mario Diaz-Balart told The Daily Caller their bosses agree with the surging group of members already demanding Holder’s resignation. Meanwhile, four new members have signed onto the official House resolution of “no confidence” in Holder — House Resolution 490 –  because of Fast and Furious: Republican Reps. Bill Huizenga of Michigan, Cory Gardner of Colorado, and Pete Olson and Mike Conaway, both of Texas.

The groundswell has grown steadily since the first House members demanded Holder resign last October. Three U.S. Senators, two sitting governors and all major Republican presidential candidates have joined those 109 House members.

As a reminder, Fast and Furious — a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — was a purported drug-busting operation in which ATF officials intentionally sold guns to straw purchasers who, in turn, sold the weapons to leaders of Mexican drug cartels. But if the intention of the officials was to bust the cartels, they had a curious way of showing it: No credible attempt was made to track the weapons from the hands of the straw purchasers into the hands of the drug cartel leaders. As a result, the weapons were never interdicted and some have since shown up on the scene of violent crimes in both the U.S. and Mexico. The ultimately lethal program led to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and more than 200 Mexicans. Hundreds more of the guns are still not accounted for and likely to turn up at the scenes of future tragedies.

The congressional investigation led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has revealed enough for us to know Attorney General Eric Holder was either aware and in approval of the program or incompetent and negligent — either of which scenario would be grounds for Obama to demand his resignation.

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?


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Holder will just make it illegal to call for his resignation.

darwin on March 7, 2012 at 11:01 AM

But we need free birth control pills. And anyone who disagrees is a misogynist!

/leftist misdirection.

Eric Holder is an accessory to murder and should spend the rest of his life in prison.

rbj on March 7, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Resignation? They should demand a special prosecutor appointment.

Archivarix on March 7, 2012 at 11:04 AM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

In a word? NO

They are interested only in their own agendas.

HotAirian on March 7, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

Nope, they don’t. Well, other than to make sure that border security is non-existent, or to make sure that no border state ACTUALLY enforces federal immigration laws, they definitely DO care about making sure those things don’t happen, ever.

Meople on March 7, 2012 at 11:07 AM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

Short answer: No. The only things that matter are to get re-elected.

Long answer: No. The deaths of more than 200 people plus the other 50,000 proles in Mexico mean nothing. Continue to hold the Alinsky line and use the MSM to brainwash the masses. Only the election matters.

Turtle317 on March 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Resign?

Holder should be arrested and charged.

But allowing him to somehow save face by offering a vapid resignation?

No.

coldwarrior on March 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

Because to the aristocratic political class, there is nothing actually wrong with “Fast and Furious”. It’s just a political gotcha moment that can be exploited for political gain.

Speaker John Boehnor and Congressman Darryl Issa conspire to betray America.

SWalker on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Why only six?

TimBuk3 on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Where are the Democrats on this? Why aren’t the Republicans asking the pertinent questions of them? Everyone knows how evasive Holder’s been. I’d be asking the Democrats for a response on why they don’t believe Holder should be responsible for his actions.

bflat879 on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Odds are low he resigns the MSM is barely covering Fast and Furious and Obama is pretty stubborn. I hope he stays if he leaves he’ll just be replaced by some other idealogue but if he stays hes a good reason to vote against Obama.

ldbgcoleman on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Janet Reno was corrupt and incompetent and we never got rid of her. Why should we be able to get rid of her equally worthless deputy?

NoDonkey on March 7, 2012 at 11:15 AM

I’d be asking the Democrats for a response on why they don’t believe Holder should be responsible for his actions.

bflat879 on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Democrat’s have no morals or ethics, their ideology is “The End Justifies the Means” as far as they are concerned the goal that Eric Holder was perusing was worth whatever price it took to achieve. That goal was the subversion and circumventing of the 2nd Amendment. Thus by their logic, Eric Holder not only did not do anything wrong, but is a champion of a great and noble cause. Sorry, if you haven’t figured that out by now, chances are you never will.

SWalker on March 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

bflat879 on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yeah, see, that would require the Repubicans one of them at least to actually have some stones. Which, unfortunately, we’ve learned the hard way, none of them do.

Meople on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Check out the “White House Insider” at the Ulsterman report.

He’s suggesting that Mexican Drug Cartel money is being funneled into the Obama campaign through Chicago and a bank in California as a payback for the guns.

There seems to be a lot of facets to this F&F.

All of them illegal and IMO impeachable.

there it is on March 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Over to you Agent Terry…..sir? Agent Terry? Umm well, how about Agent Jaime Zapata? Agent Zapata? Paging Agent Brian Terry and Agent Jaime Zapata for comment…..

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Just like Bill Maher can get away with calling women bad names because he, like Teddy Kennedy, is a progressive warrior. Similarly, Eric Holder can get away with a few dead US agents and scores of dead Mexicans with the same defense.

Untouchable.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

SWalker on March 7, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Your point with regard to the Dems is SPOT on. In their eyes, he’s a good progressive warrior.

Meople on March 7, 2012 at 11:23 AM

TK:

“My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration?”

Because none of their family members were killed by Holder’s dereliction if not complicity in Fast & Furious.

Anyone jumping on the “Fire Holder” bandwagon beyond this point is merely a cynical politician unwilling to make a stand when it mattered.

AnonymousDrivel on March 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

um……no.

They care about money, power and the status quo.

(where have you been?)

Tim_CA on March 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Note to the US. Progressives that denigrate, abort and murder women and US border agents can get off scot-free because others ‘got they backs’.

ted c on March 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

RACIST!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 7, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Good luck with that!

KeninCT on March 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

Good luck with that!

KeninCT on March 7, 2012 at 11:26 AM

You hate Mexicans?

Kenosha Kid on March 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Just remember that we’re rapidly coming up on an auspicious anniversary:

It was almost one year ago that President Downgrade said the following in an interview:

March 23, 2011
Obama on “gunwalking”: Serious mistake may have been made
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20046151-10391695.html?tag=cbsnewsMainColumnArea

Last night, a reporter from Univision asked President Obama about the subject of a CBS News investigation: allegations that ATF allowed traffickers to send weapons to Mexican drug cartels in an operation called “Fast and Furious.” Insiders call the strategy letting guns “walk.”

In response, the president said neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder approved the operation.

“There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made and if that’s the case then we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable,” he added.

Obama on “gunwalking” – “Serious mistakes” may have been made
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh37v_NkmM4

Has Downgrade done anything in regards to the pledge: we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

I want the republicans to STOP calling for his resignation, and START impeachment proceedings. A little less talk, and a lot more action, as the song goes…

Mean Granny on March 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Has Downgrade done anything in regards to the pledge: we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Maybe he hasn’t found the sacrificial lamb…err scapegoat yet?

My guess is that he’s just figuring the state-run media will just drop it, hence no reason to do anything. After all, they can manufacture any non-existent crisis they want between now and the election to distract everyone away from it. AND that the republicans will no doubt flounder around with the “investigation” anyway so again, nothing to see here, move along.

Meople on March 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

I want the republicans to STOP calling for his resignation, and START impeachment proceedings. A little less talk, and a lot more action, as the song goes…

Mean Granny on March 7, 2012 at 11:32 AM

That will never happen because most of the GOP leadership agree with what Eric Holder was trying to do, Boehner and Issa have already sold America out for political gain that wont do us regular Americans any damned good.

SWalker on March 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Wait…. what….
I thought this was a fake conspiracy, with a great name!

angrymike on March 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Has Downgrade done anything in regards to the pledge: we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

They’re looking for the right fall guy.

freedomfirst on March 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Has Downgrade done anything in regards to the pledge: we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

He’s too busy calling fluke and bashing Rush to have any time to do that.

VegasRick on March 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Eric Holder is the President’s Underling

Eric Holder “Approved” Fast & Furious. The dots really go no further than that.

Guilty of conspiracy to comment an act of war on a foreign soil i.e. “Mexico” resulting in the death’s of no less than two U.S.government agents and an untold amount of private citizens.

President Obama….. has much blood on his hands. For all of the backlash Bush got for pretty much just getting up in the morning and breathing, somehow the anti-war and anti-gun sect of the Dem party are suspiciously silent on this horrendous Presidential approved program and just about everything else this administration has done.

I say put them on trial in Mexico.

ActinUpinTexas on March 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

Has Downgrade done anything in regards to the pledge: we’ll find out and well hold somebody accountable?

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Maybe he hasn’t found the sacrificial lamb…err scapegoat yet?

Meople on March 7, 2012 at 11:36 AM

The Downgrade Administration would have to back up that accusation with a paper trail.

My guess is that that they don’t have one…… that leads to someone other than Downgrade.

Chip on March 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

My question: Why haven’t Issa and Grassley taken this thing past the “threats” stage into impeachment and/or prosecution by now? This thing is bigger than Watergate and the GOP is dragging their feet and wimping out in holding those responsible accountable for it.

infidel4life on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Where’s the list? Are there any Democrats on it?

ExpressoBold on March 7, 2012 at 11:43 AM

Crookedness, political rot, dishonesty and overt attempts to subvert the Constitution are the hallmark of this administration and its flunkies.

rplat on March 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

You hate Mexicans?

Kenosha Kid on March 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM

He just knows how easy it is to get away with murder when you have the complicit MSM in your back pocket.

kirkill on March 7, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Infidel
I think their holding back till September, perfect time to start getting indictments for the underlings, which in turn should get ppl talking.
I think I heard another ice agent got killed with one of the weapons.

angrymike on March 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Yeah, see, that would require the Repubicans one of them at least to actually have some stones. Which, unfortunately, we’ve learned the hard way, none of them do.

Meople on March 7, 2012 at 11:21 AM

They are all aristocrats who really don’t give a rats backside, imho.

dogsoldier on March 7, 2012 at 11:59 AM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

\

Purely a rhetorical question, I presume. I’d hazard that most of the others are unaware of foreign policy, border security, or the deaths of more than 200 people, including American citizens.

“I didn’t run for office to govern….I ran for public office so I could run for re-election”

BobMbx on March 7, 2012 at 12:00 PM

He’s too busy calling fluke and bashing Rush to have any time to do that.

VegasRick on March 7, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Yeah…passing out rubbers really takes a lot of time.

BobMbx on March 7, 2012 at 12:01 PM

angrymike on March 7, 2012 at 11:52 AM

If so, that would be better than doing nothing, but even so the timing would still be obviously politically motivated, something the media would no doubt exploit. And a lot can happen between now and then. The Dems are not going to stand still pummeling our side in this war, IMO it’s time to strike while the iron is hot.

infidel4life on March 7, 2012 at 12:02 PM

Only 6? Really??

CorporatePiggy on March 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

The president is an illegal alien?

The Attorney General is an accessory to murder?

So, what’s your point?

Mr. Grump on March 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM

I’d be asking the Democrats for a response on why they don’t believe Holder should be responsible for his actions.

bflat879 on March 7, 2012 at 11:12 AM

You need to talk to this guy. He’s the minority co chair of Issa’s group and has been throwing sand in the gears every inch of the way.
http://cummings.house.gov/

a capella on March 7, 2012 at 12:09 PM

He and his boss have a tight grip on our country and their agenda is still in full force. Nothing could force either out on their own. We are stuck with the entire regime until November.

FireBlogger on March 7, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder was either aware and in approval of the program or incompetent and negligent — either of which scenario would be grounds for Obama to demand his resignation.

Shhhhhhh!

“We’re working under the radar on gun control.”

They were BOTH in on it!

GarandFan on March 7, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Perhaps they are waiting to see if Obama loses. If he does he can’t pardon Holder. Wouldn’t that be sweet irony? Holder is the guy that got Marc Rich pardoned. Think how he’ll feel to not have that option afforded him?

DanMan on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

“Perhaps they are waiting to see if Obama loses. If he does he can’t pardon Holder. Wouldn’t that be sweet irony?”

– DanMan on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If Obama loses the election, he’s still President until Inauguration Day. Obama would have about two months to assemble the paperwork for a pardon. It’s also why pardons are such a potentially dangerous power.

AnonymousDrivel on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Incompetency should be reason enough to be removed. Since it was done under his explicit orders, Eric “MY People” Holder should be tried for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, attempted murder, and treason.

Holder should never see a day outside of a very nasty federal prison.

jukin3 on March 7, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Perhaps they are waiting to see if Obama loses. If he does he can’t pardon Holder. Wouldn’t that be sweet irony? Holder is the guy that got Marc Rich pardoned. Think how he’ll feel to not have that option afforded him?

DanMan on March 7, 2012 at 12:22 PM

I’m certain that Holder already has a pardon for this tucked away in a safety deposit box. Wouldn’t you demand one from little Bammie if you were Holder?

In fact, little Bammie has probably handed them out to dozens of his people, with blanks to be filled in with the offense.

slickwillie2001 on March 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM

Holder is both a liar and racist, the Congress should move immediately to place him in Contempt of Congress and start Impeachment proceedings. The Failed President, Ovommit will never fire this creep. He continually breaks the law and the Constitution.

Brushjumper on March 7, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration?

Why indeed and where is the Democrat outrage that our government would funnel arms to drug cartels and allow hundreds to be murdered?

Holder needs to go now.

Happy Nomad on March 7, 2012 at 12:42 PM

My question: Why haven’t Issa and Grassley taken this thing past the “threats” stage into impeachment and/or prosecution by now? This thing is bigger than Watergate and the GOP is dragging their feet and wimping out in holding those responsible accountable for it.

infidel4life on March 7, 2012 at 11:41 AM

Because Holder now wields the ‘haul u off to jail as a terrorist with no phone call or lawyer’ law.

Issa’s dad or brother might find himself at Gitmo.

orbitalair on March 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Because Holder now wields the ‘haul u off to jail as a terrorist with no phone call or lawyer’ law.

Issa’s dad or brother might find himself at Gitmo.

orbitalair on March 7, 2012 at 12:44 PM

Or his house could be taken out by a drone strike.

CorporatePiggy on March 7, 2012 at 12:59 PM

There seems to be a lot of facets to this F&F.

All of them illegal and IMO impeachable.

there it is on March 7, 2012 at 11:22 AM

FIFY (no need to qualify it). ;-)

ShainS on March 7, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Eric Holder is looking for answers…

Mr. Joe on March 7, 2012 at 1:07 PM

He either knew and approved or was negligent, both are grounds for some kind of legal action against the person who is the AG. Brian Terry’s family should file a wrongful death lawsuit against the US Gov DOJ.

jake49 on March 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Unfortunately, that’s not the case. If Obama loses the election, he’s still President until Inauguration Day. Obama would have about two months to assemble the paperwork for a pardon. It’s also why pardons are such a potentially dangerous power.

AnonymousDrivel on March 7, 2012 at 12:29 PM

He’s got to be convicted to get a pardon doesn’t he? How about letting the congressional hearing begin in October and suspend it on November 5th. Let them say they wil restart the hearing when the Senate passes a budget.

Or don’t even charge him until January 20, 2013.

Play politics like a democrat.

And can a murder conviction be pardoned?

DanMan on March 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

The president stood by his sleazy Attorney General stating that he depends on Holder’s expertise to coordinate election fraud and voter intimidation in November.

viking01 on March 7, 2012 at 2:30 PM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration? Do they not care about U.S.-Mexico relations, border security or the deaths of more than 200 people?

Exactly!!

Holder sbould already be in jail!!!

KMC1 on March 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

My question: Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration?

Why only 109 congressmen, which are less than half the Republicans in the House? With everything that Darrell Issa knows about Fast and Furious, Holder should have been impeached by now!

Steve Z on March 7, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Scumbag Holder only has to stonewall for 10mos more. Time during which they can subvert even more laws in america. He’s not going anywhere unless he’s forcibly removed / impeached.

rayra on March 7, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Why have just 109 congressmen called for this man to leave the administration?

It is politicaly inconvenient to turn on one of their own, or to admit that the border is still not secure, or to admit that they actualy agree with anything that will increase the power of the State and thus their own personal power. Deaths, the 2nd ammendment, loss of freedoms, the constitution, all pale to insignificance compared to handing out more pork, which they consider their real job despite whatever oaths they may have taken. Exhibit B is their lack of restraining the judiciary.

AnotherOpinion on March 7, 2012 at 4:14 PM

“…And can a murder conviction be pardoned?”

– DanMan on March 7, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Holder did not kill anyone. Accessory to, possibly, but he is buffered by bureaucracy and legislation. And there’s no way, no how he’d be charged with even that. The Senate is under Democrat majority control. Holder will not be convicted of anything. Besides, the President can pretty much do anything with his pardons… even forgive a murderer. The only thing that checks him is public opinion and the punishment the voters would impose on his party apparatus in the next election.

A last second charge would not be possible. There’s a real timetable involved for the House under GOP control to assemble the charges, for SCOTUS to be called, and for the Senate to have a trial which, I think, would still be under Democrat control. All Holder would have to do is voluntarily leave when Obama does (without the conviction) and he’d be in the clear. Were he convicted (and it won’t happen given the politics and impeachment apparatus), Obama would just pardon him literally while walking out the door.

The only way to “get” Holder is to politicize his actions and/or impeach him NOW so that Obama and the Democrat Party’s status is exposed as implicitly criminal.

Justice will not be done. Perhaps karma will.

AnonymousDrivel on March 7, 2012 at 5:22 PM