53rd House member demands attorney general’s resignation
Kentucky Republican Rep. Brett Guthrie has joined 52 other members of the U.S. House of Representatives who have demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder resign over the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Guthrie’s statement came as Holder testified Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.
“After careful consideration and a lengthy review of the facts, I believe that Attorney General Eric Holder should resign from office,” Guthrie said in a statement. “I have never called on a cabinet official to step down and did not come to this conclusion lightly.”
“The Attorney General has, at best, misled Congress and the American people,” Guthrie added. “His job is to oversee federal law enforcement nationwide and his complacence in allowing military-grade firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican drug lords who terrorize our southern border on a daily basis represents a lapse of trust, judgment and leadership. This breach can never be repaired, and as such, I believe he should resign.”
In addition to the 53 members of the House calling for Holder to step down. two U.S. senators, four presidential candidates and two sitting governors have made similar demands. (SEE ALSO: Sensenbrenner floats impeachment of Obama admin. officials over ‘Fast and Furious’)
Holder has balked at the growing clamor, and accused The Daily Caller of orchestrating it. “You guys need to — you need to stop this,” Holder said a little over a week ago at a White House event when TheDC asked him to respond to the congressional calls for his resignation. “It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”