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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, April 4, 2011, where he announced plans to try avowed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged henchmen before a military commission.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at a news conference at the Justice Department in Washington, Monday, April 4, 2011, where he announced plans to try avowed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four alleged henchmen before a military commission. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)  

Congressional calls for Holder’s resignation more than double to 17

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Matthew Boyle
Investigative Reporter

Several members who have yet to call for Holder’s resignation — including Republican Reps. Wally Herger of California, Ken Calvert of California, Mary Bono Mack of California, Peter King of New York — tell TheDC they are either very concerned about Operation Fast and Furious or on the verge of calling for Holder’s resignation, given the information already available.

“Congresswoman Bono Mack is deeply concerned about ‘Fast and Furious’ and certainly a resignation is not out of the question,” her spokesman Cort Bush told TheDC.

California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher hasn’t called for Holder’s resignation, but he told TheDC he supports those who have. Rohrabacher also thinks no matter what happens with the investigation — whether it is determined that Holder knew about and approved Operation Fast and Furious, or that he was never informed about what was going on — the buck stops at Holder’s desk and he is responsible for what happened.

“Mr. Rohrabacher supports the calls for Holder to resign but has not ‘formally’ called for him to do so,” Rohrabacher’s spokeswoman Tara Setmayer said in an email. “He believes if the current investigation reveals Holder knew it’s grounds for resignation and if he didn’t know, then that’s blatant incompetence and grounds for resignation.”

As has become customary, DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has refused, for several weeks, to address the concerns emanating from Congress about whether Holder can continue to operate as the United States Attorney General. She continues to ignore TheDC’s requests for comment.

Other members of Congress who have previously called for Holder’s resignation include Reps. Vicky Hartzler, Raul Labrador, Quico Canseco, Blake Farenthold, Paul Gosar, Joe Walsh, Gus Bilirakis and John Mica, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Attorney General Holder had avoided talking openly about Operation Fast and Furious for months until Gosar told The Daily Caller that administration officials responsible for the program could be considered “accessories to murder.” Holder finally spoke out on October 7, citing Gosar’s comments as the reason.

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