North Carolina Republican Rep. Patrick McHenry has become the 36th member of Congress to call for Attorney General Eric Holder’s immediate resignation.
“Attorney General Holder has repeatedly had opportunities to clear the record about Operation Fast and Furious and each time he has provided only misleading half-truths to members of Congress and the media,” McHenry, the chairman of the House oversight committee’s subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs, said in a statement. “Mr. Holder has thus lost all credibility and I believe he should resign as Attorney General immediately so that a proper investigation into Operation Fast and Furious can be completed.”
As of Nov. 4 there were 35 members of Congress calling for Holder’s immediate resignation. Then, on Monday, McHenry confirmed for The Daily Caller that he also thinks Holder should step down. McHenry’s statement went out on Tuesday morning.
“Special Agent Brian Terry lost his life, and his family lost a loved one, because of a complete lack of regard for the rule of law,” McHenry adds. “It is absolutely unacceptable for anyone in our government to act so recklessly, with no respect for public safety.”
Members of Congress who have previously called for Holder’s immediate resignation include: Rep. Connie Mack, Rep. Walter Jones, Rep. Dan Burton, House Transportation Committee chairman Rep. John Mica, House Small Business Committee chairman Rep. Sam Graves and Reps. Ted Poe, Blake Farenthold, Louie Gohmert, Quico Canseco, Rodney Alexander, Paul Gosar, Allen West, Tim Huelskamp, Mike Pompeo, Duncan Hunter, Devin Nunes, Dennis Ross, Trent Franks, Lynn Jenkins, Raul Labrador, Joe Walsh, Gus Bilirakis, Paul Broun, Randy Hultgren, Stephen Fincher, John Culberson, Michael Grimm, Andy Harris, Mike Coffman, Kenny Marchant, Thaddeus McCotter, Diane Black, Bob Latta, Denny Rehberg and Vicky Hartzler.
No Democrats have called for Holder’s resignation. On Nov. 3 when he called for Holder to step down, National Rifle Association president David Keene told TheDC that Democrats in Congress are playing politics to protect the high-ranking members of their political party.