Paul Ryan in fundraising email: ‘Time for Holder to step aside’

Matthew Boyle Investigative Reporter
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In an email Tuesday to supporters, GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan reiterated his call for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over Operation Fast and Furious.

“It’s time for Attorney General Holder to step aside,” Ryan wrote in a fundraising pitch. “He’s misled Congress, and entirely botched the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious debacle — yet he still leads our nation’s Justice Department.”

“It’s just another example of the Obama Administration’s transparent hypocrisy that despite the tragic and very human toll of this scandal, Attorney General Holder refuses to resign — and President Obama refuses to remove him,” Ryan added. “It’s up to the American people to replace both of them on November 6. Let’s call it ‘The Clear Choice.'”

Ryan first called for Holder’s resignation on Sunday through a spokesman in an email to The Daily Caller. (RELATED: Paul Ryan: Eric Holder must go over Fast and Furious)

Ryan’s email to supporters comes a day before the first debate between President Barack Obama and GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

Romney has also called for Holder’s resignation. “Either Mr. Holder himself should resign, or the president should ask for his resignation or remove him,” Romney said in December 2011. “It’s unacceptable for him to continue in that position now given the fact that he has misled Congress and entirely botched the investigation of the Fast and Furious program.”

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