Senator John Cornyn Calls On Eric Holder To Resign

This is going to leave a mark. Sen Cornyn called on Holder to resign at this morning’s hearing on Fast and Furious(video at the link). Sen. Cornyn is highly respected on both sides of the aisle, and is known for his calm rational manner. He did not come to this lightly.

He said in part:

“You violated the public trust in my view, by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office. So, Mr. Attorney General, it’s more with sorrow than regret than anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative but join those that call upon you to resign your office. 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.”

Eric Holder responded:

“I don’t have any intention of resigning. I heard the White House press officer say yesterday that the president has absolute confidence in me. I don’t have any reason to believe that in fact is not the case.”

This is the most arrogant administration I have ever seen in my lifetime, and that includes Nixon. Something this egregious happens, a border patrol agent is killed by our own guns because of the Justice Department’s incompetence, and Eric Holder thinks that just because the President “has confidence in him” that nothing should be done about his department letting our guns in the hands of the drug cartels, and losing track of them.

Sen. Cornyn continued:

“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. 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.”

This administration has continued to hope that all of this will just go away.

It won’t.

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Author: KATHLEEN MCKINLEY, Guest Voice Columnist

  • The_Ohioan

    Where do you find these authors?

  • zephyr

    I wonder if Cornyn had any problems with either John Ashcroft or Alberto Gonzales? I’m not a big fan of Eric Holder but it would be foolish not to question the motives of the Senator.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Another typical hit piece.

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

    Good for you, Mr. Holder

    Don’t let the Party of Watergate and Lawyergate, of the Valerie Plame affair , of Jack Abramoff, John Ashcroft, Alberto “Don’t Remember” Gonzales, John “Memo” Yoo, Dick “Torture” Cheney, Scooter Libby, Tom DeLay, Randy Cunningham, Donald “Abu Ghraib” Rumsfeld, Paul “Iraq War” Wolfowitz, Halliburton, illegal wiretapping, “enhanced interrogation,” and — above all — an unwarranted war that took the lives of more than 4,000 of our finest, no, don’t let that Party railroad you out of office.

    And, I wonder, what your esteemed Senator Cornyn had to say about all these cases and people??

    Sure, you have your list, too.

  • wesleypresley

    Larry Craig is also in the news today. He is being charged for violating campaign finance laws.

  • DaGoat

    I don’t think Holder should step down but comparing him to people you feel were corrupt or incompetent isn’t much of a defense, it’s just the old “your side is worse”. Personally I think all the leaks deserve investigation, and Holder has a dog in that fight.

  • http://taylormarsh.com TAYLOR MARSH, Guest Voice Columnist

    This is going to leave a mark.

    Nice beginning if you’re doing satire.

    Any time you hear a Republican suggesting a special counsel bells, whistles, alarms, Dr. Seuss horns, and drums should start sounding.

    It’s the biggest political trap ever invented and any Democrat who falls for this nonsense is dumber than the Republican suggesting it.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “but comparing [Holder] to people you feel were corrupt or incompetent isn’t much of a defense…”

    Actually,DG, I am not comparing Holder at all to the list of nicompoops.

    Comparing Holder — a man who has not been found guilty of anything — to a bunch that includes convicted felons, would indeed be a travesty.

  • dduck

    This seems overblown, and just a case of someone screwing up and not willing to admit it. Resign, IMHO, no.

  • slamfu

    Dorian, you forgot to include Oliver North et al. in your list. Getting sloppy old man :)

  • StockBoyLA

    The author says, “This is the most arrogant administration I have ever seen in my lifetime, and that includes Nixon.”

    I respectfully disagree with that. I would like to point to the Bush 43 administration and its going to war in Iraq. Declaring “Mission Accomplished”. Also there was the appointment of unqualified people to lead major organizations (remember FEMA and Brownie… who had only managed some horse group before becoming head of FEMA?) And of course there was the famous, “You’re either with us or against us” meant to quell any dissent or any question at all anyone might have about Bush’s actions. What could be more arrogant than, “I’m the decider”? And on and on and on…

  • StockBoyLA

    The author said about Cornyn, “He did not come to this lightly.” Hmmmm…. I don’t see anything in the article to support that one way or the other. But the author is entitled to her opinion, though it would be nice to know what she based this on.

  • StockBoyLA

    “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….”

    Where was Cornyn when the Bush administration was discrediting Valerie Plame, a secret agent and her husband?

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    “Dorian, you forgot to include Oliver North et al. in your list. Getting sloppy old man”

    Aw, shucks,I should have added the caveat: “This list is by no means all-inclusive”

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    Would this be the same “highly respected on both sides of the aisle ..known for his rational manner” Senator from Texas who just a couple ago was part of the Republican group of Senators that tried to block an amendment, offered by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, (D-NH), that would lift the shameful law that denies our female service members who are victims of rape or incest covered abortion care at military facilities?

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    edit: should be “a couple of weeks ago”

  • bluebelle

    Whether Cornyn is respected or not, he has obviously caved in to the partisan atmosphere that is now Capitol Hill. I agree that he should have spoken up about the peccadilloes of the previous AG’s if he is expected to be taken seriously.

    This is an election year, and the longer you can keep the scandal alive the better for the GOP. Maybe they ought to think about passing that transportation bill and creating a few jobs instead of rehashing this ad nauseum.

  • dduck

    Sen. Chuck Schumer, the first senator to call for the appointment of a special prosecutor to look into the leak, said the White House’s low credibility has fallen even further.

    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/president-bush-dick-cheney-duped-cia-leak-ex-spokesman-article-1.259302#ixzz1xcYGF5Vj
    Put the blame on Plame boy. That’s my Senator, Mr. TV.

  • Jim Satterfield

    Anyone who thinks that Cornyn is respected by Democrats is delusional.

  • zephyr

    “Any time you hear a Republican suggesting a special counsel bells, whistles, alarms, Dr. Seuss horns, and drums should start sounding.”

    Amen sister. Dorian’s comment goes to that imo.

  • dduck

    Z, I guess Obama, Biden, Schumer and the Dem Chorus in the Plame affair was in our imagination, eh Dr. Seuss?
    Amen, indeed.

    P.S. I’m sure the Israelis are thrilled with our Stuxnet leak and the guy sitting in in a Pakistani prison for 33 years appreciates the free publicity.
    -Nowhere near the security seriousness of the Plame affair.

    My only problem with the special prosecutor is it takes a long time to start and conclude, so the two Justice Dept. investigators MAY get things done faster.