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.