Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a freshman, has now joined the surge against Attorney General Eric Holder, having signed the official House resolution of no confidence in Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.
Kinzinger is the 128th House member to call for Holder’s resignation, sign Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar’s no confidence resolution, or both. Three U.S. senators, two governors and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney join those 128 House Republicans demanding Holder’s ouster over the firearms scandal.
Kinzinger’s support for Fast and Furious accountability efforts comes as Speaker of the House John Boehner threw his weight behind House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa on Thursday.
“I’m supporting their efforts to hold those people in the Department of Justice accountable for what happened,” Boehner said at a Thursday press conference. “The committee has work to do; they know what they have to do. They’re pursuing a lot of unanswered questions. And I would hope that they would continue that.”
“All options are on the table,” Boehner added.
At the same time, Democrats are starting to turn on Holder as well. Scores of Democrats voted in favor of a measure Utah Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz proposed on Wednesday that changes language in appropriations law, making it explicitly illegal for the Justice Department to use taxpayer money to lie to Congress — as it did in Fast and Furious. Indiana Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly said on Tuesday that he supports Issa’s efforts to enforce the congressional subpoena he’s thus far failed to comply with. (RELATED: Democrats join Fast and Furious accountability efforts)
Issa served Holder a subpoena on Oct. 12, 2011. Holder has thus far failed to comply with all 22 categories of the subpoena that requires him to provide Congress with documents relating to Fast and Furious. With 13 of the categories, Holder has provided no documents. When it comes to the other nine subpoena categories, Holder is still far from compliant, as TheDC reported late last week.