Cornyn to Holder: “It is my sincere hope President Obama replaces you”

posted at 1:11 pm on June 12, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Attorney General Eric Holder appeared again before the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning to testify about both his Justice Department’s continued stonewalling of Congress’s investigation into deadly Fast and Furious gunwalking operation, as well as an ongoing probe of the cyberattack-related national security leaks coming out of the White House of late. It wasn’t the most productive hearing to date in terms of getting answers, despite the gathering thunder calling for Congress to formally hold Eric Holder in contempt for deliberately neglecting to comply with the F&F-related Congressional subpoena (last week, we learned that of the known 140,000 existing documents relating to Fast and Furious, Holder has only turned over 7,600 to the House Oversight Comittee).

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), however, did give voice to a lot of the frustrations running high with Eric Holder and his sketchy Justice Department. All of this stonewalling doesn’t do much to convince us of your innocence, Mr. Holder, and during a heated exchange, Cornyn went right for the metaphorical jugular:

Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made the call for Holder’s resignation during a Senate hearing late Tuesday morning. It came in the context of GOP concerns about Holder’s decision to appoint two lawyers from within his department to handle the politically sensitive leak probe — as well as concerns about Fast and Furious.

“I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office,” Cornyn said. “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 time again, sadly, that you’re unwilling to do so.”

Holder in response accused Republicans of playing politics, and specifically accused Cornyn of “breathtaking” inaccuracies.

“I don’t have any intention of resigning,” he said.

Cornyn joined in with the 130 House members who have so far officially called for Holder’s resignation, and he had plenty of reasoning to back up his resolution:

“The leaking of classified information represents a major threat to national security, and your office faces a clear conflict of interest, yet you will not appoint a special counsel,” Cornyn told the attorney general. “Meanwhile, you still resist coming clean about what you knew and when you knew it with regard to Operation Fast and Furious. You won’t cooperate with the legitimate Congressional investigation, and you won’t hold anyone – including yourself – accountable.”

Cornyn also says that the Justice Department is preventing states from taking steps to prevent voter fraud, a reference to the DOJ’s opposition to the Florida state government’s attempts to remove ineligible voters from voter registration rolls. …

“He’s shown himself incapable of separating himself as an arm of the Obama administration and an independent attorney general that’s supposed to be the chief law enforcement [official] for the country,” Cornyn said.

Ouch. The smarm on Holder’s end was perhaps slightly less palpable than usual — perhaps because Congress decided to hold a vote on contempt proceedings next week — but Holder insisted that his boss has “full confidence” in him. …Uh huh. If that’s the case, President Obama is probably the last remaining American who does.

Update: Here’s Sen. Cornyn on Fox News with his post-hearing analysis.

Update (Ed): Here’s Cornyn’s full statement, as well as Holder’s response:


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Either a meerkat or this guy from the movie Ice Age.

Fallon on June 12, 2012 at 3:12 PM

However, I’d actually trust Sid to try his (admittedly usually incompetent) best to fulfill the duties of AG. For all his clutziness and less-than-stellar IQ, Sid has a sense of honor, duty, and “what is right”, all qualities I’m afraid our current AG is singularly lacking. So I think comparing the two is a smear on the sloth.

And really, while I get the resemblence with meerkats, I don’t think it’s fair to the meerkats. Meerkats are cute. Holder… not so much.

LibraryGryffon on June 12, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Leak-Gate.

Barnestormer on June 12, 2012 at 4:12 PM

What is shameful is exploiting the tragic death of Brian Terry for cheap political stunts.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Yes. When are you going to chide Mr. Holder for not cooperating fully with congress and being in front of the charge to get answers and find who did this?

Get back to us when you find something out, since you are so concerned.

kim roy on June 12, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Memo to Eric Holder:

When you think you are the smartest guy in the room, you are probably not. Hubris can be a bite.

Old Fritz on June 12, 2012 at 4:23 PM

What is shameful is exploiting the tragic death of Brian Terry for cheap political stunts.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Weigh in and tell us how many innocent lives need to be killed before it is not political…toss us out that number…

hillsoftx on June 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

No

cozmo on June 12, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I enjoyed Moe’s rules for handling trolls, and was thinking of posting them here as well, but they are intended for those that wield the ban-hammer, not us lowly commenters.

slickwillie2001 on June 12, 2012 at 4:30 PM

What is shameful is exploiting the tragic death of Brian Terry for cheap political stunts.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Weigh in and tell us how many innocent lives need to be killed before it is not political…toss us out that number…

hillsoftx on June 12, 2012 at 4:24 PM

And while you’re at it, be sure to show us all how Obama and Holder didn’t cook up this whole gun-running plan to further restrict American gun owner’s rights.

Rovin on June 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

What did the Obama administration know and when did they know it?

We already know that leaks helped identify the Pakistani doctor who now rots in jail and fears for his family’s well being. How many others have been compromised?

The Titanic Administration has exposed sources and methods for political gain and compromised national security.

Security Gate

R Square on June 12, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Someone needs to get that “Hon.” removed from Holder’s name placard.

Free Indeed on June 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

The Hill reports that the Dems blocked a McCain resolution calling for a special outside counsel to investigate Security Gate.

Apparently Dem Goose and Gander can’t decide on what’s good.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/senate/232265-dems-block-mccain-resolution-on-special-counsel-for-leaks

R Square on June 12, 2012 at 4:51 PM


“I don’t have any intention of resigning,” he said.

Good. You sir, should be publicly excommunicated from government position.

There is no answer you could give that will bring back the people that lives were changed by this….and for what?

For shame, sir. For shame.

BlaxPac on June 12, 2012 at 5:00 PM

“I don’t have any intention of resigning,” he said.

No need to resign, Mitch “the squish” McConnell has your back.

antipc on June 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

No need to resign, Mitch “the squish” McConnell has your back.

antipc on June 12, 2012 at 5:11 PM

Quite the Captains Courageous, that one.

arnold ziffel on June 12, 2012 at 5:27 PM

bitter clinger Holder’s famous PAST TENSE last words…
funny if he weren’t so horrible.

” STUCK BY MY GUNS!

This has been the highlight of my career to have been the attorney general of the United States, to work with you all and to serve this president. What my future holds, frankly, I’m just not sure.”

maverick muse on June 12, 2012 at 5:56 PM

STUCK BY MY GUNS!

New DOJ motto: Leak ‘n Load.

Barnestormer on June 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

NO ERIC DON’T DO IT! The perp walk is much more prestigious starting at the front of the Department of Justice. Mitchell was nothing. UDA Man!
Oh they’ll get you too. They’ll have ID’s. They’ll get in. Might let you ride in your limo down to the station.
I bet he cries.
I got 50 cents says Holder cries on the way to federal prison! Buck says Barry strikes a solemn Joan of Arc pose in his cuffs. Ooh that’s ironic, don’t you think?
Your msn minions should have never called me and most of the American people racist just because you’re a thug. B*tch.

onomo on June 12, 2012 at 7:26 PM

And while you’re at it, be sure to show us all how Obama and Holder didn’t cook up this whole gun-running plan to further restrict American gun owner’s rights.

Rovin on June 12, 2012 at 4:32 PM

And be sure to show us all how you didn’t cook up whacko conspiracy theories that most here, as much as they disagree with me, think you’re a fool.
But…a useless fool, so they won’t tell you.
Though I bet you could get a sympathetic nod from the ‘jug eared Kenyan’ set..
Man – these posts bring out the Breitbartians and then some.

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Burn it down.

McNinja on June 12, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Seeing that sign “Hon. Eric J. Holder” on Holder’s desk makes me want to puke. There’s nothing “honorable” about him.

Mary in LA on June 12, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Cornyn is no fire-breather. For him to say this and in that saying is notable.

And, yes, Holder should resign.

WannabeAnglican on June 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

“in that setting” is what I meant. It’s my bedtime. :)

WannabeAnglican on June 12, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Looks like Holder won’t have any time this weekend to write a resignation letter or produce any documents. He apparently is on the guest list, along with the campaigner-in-chief, at the wedding of Valerie Jarrett’s daughter to be held in Chicago on Saturday. I hear the wedding will be in grandma’s back yard, right down the block from the Obamas Hyde Park home. Do they have to walk past the Ayers’ house to get there or will they be choppering over?

stukinIL4now on June 12, 2012 at 11:28 PM

verbaluce on June 12, 2012 at 1:20 PM

LMFAO!

There is NO Ag who has EVER been in a worse spot than Holder in a sane universe.

You simply cannot equate ANYTHING with being the DIRECT cause of 200 deaths, suing states for enforcing laws, refusing to rosecute (or even complete prosecutions) against openly illegal voter intimidation, etc., etc.

You are attempting to phone in LAME talking points, and are a moron.

PJ Emeritus on June 13, 2012 at 12:12 PM

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