Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli told The Daily Caller that he thinks Operation Fast and Furious was “an abject disaster” as a federal law enforcement operation, but is not yet calling for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s immediate resignation.
Cuccinelli made the comments to The Daily Caller in an interview at Americans For Prosperity’s “Defending the American Dream Summit” Friday. Though Cuccinelli didn’t call specifically for Holder’s resignation, he did suggest it might be best for some personnel “change” to occur at the Justice Department.
“I’ll leave that to the Washington folks,” Cuccinelli said when asked if he thought Holder should resign. “When you’ve got your line officers — the professionals — as appalled about it as they are, and as they were at the time, it certainly leaves open whether we should be hoping for some change at the Department of Justice.”
There are currently 35 Republican congressmen calling for Holder’s immediate resignation over Operation Fast and Furious and the appearance that Holder either lied or was intentionally misleading before a May 3 House Judiciary Committee hearing when he said he only learned of the program a few weeks beforehand.
Cuccinelli said that he’s “pretty shocked by how this whole thing has unfolded,” adding that it would be significant if a Democrat came out calling for Holder’s resignation.
“It’ll be a news day … for sure if a Democrat gets on board with that,” Cuccinelli said. “But, I’m not sure the president is well-served by any of this anyway. That’ll be interesting to see how it plays out. As we learn more, like anything else, the more you know, the better decision you can make. And, I know there’s still more material coming in and documents being reviewed — that sort of thing.”