The resolution also cites this past weekend’s document dump. “[T]he Department of Justice released documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious, which included e-mails exchanged on December 14, 2010, between the Attorney General’s deputy chief of staff and the United States Attorney for the district of Arizona, stating that the Attorney General had been alerted of theshooting and death of a Border Patrol agent,” the formal document asserts.
The measure also points out how Holder told Quayle during the Dec. 8, 2011 House Judiciary Committee hearing that “he has no intention in resigning” and that nobody in the DOJ or ATF should resign based on the information that’s public.
Fast and Furious was a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, overseen by Holder’s DOJ. It sent thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers — people who legally purchased guns in the United States with the known intention of illegally trafficking them somewhere else.
At least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, as was Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. The identities of the Mexican victims are unknown. Allegations have surfaced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata was also killed with Fast and Furious weapons.
Quayle, a freshman congressman, told TheDC that he finds the lack of mainstream media coverage of the scandal appalling.
“We have an agent who was killed, we have a number of Mexicans who have been killed as well with weapons that were allowed to walk, and we don’t hear too much outrage from the mainstream media about what Attorney General Holder did — because it happened under his watch — and the fact that there’s no accountability,” Quayle said. “The president hasn’t called for any accountability within the Department of Justice and that is one thing, I think, that is just embarrassing for the mainstream media.”
Even without mainstream media coverage, a groundswell in Congress has surged to demand Holder resign or be fired in the wake of the scandal. Between lists of House members who have signed onto a House Resolution of “no confidence” in Holder and those who have called for his resignation or firing — two lists that don’t perfectly overlap — 103 representatives want Holder gone. They join two U.S. Senators, two sitting governors and all major Republican presidential candidates.