Calls for Eric Holder's resignation intensify
Fallout from Fast and Furious hearing continues
- Duration 5:30
- Date Jun 12, 2012
Fallout from Fast and Furious hearing continues
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-- right now on Capitol Hill attorney general Eric Holder facing a barrage of questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee about the failed fast and furious gun running -- This after a house panel scheduled a vote for next week they could and with the attorney general.
Being held in contempt of congress are some limits of what actually that means -- -- we talked about that a little bit attention upon -- and joining us now.
It's Texas senator John Cornyn member of the Senate Judiciary Committee who just called for the attorney general's resignation -- senator cornyn -- now.
Well unfortunate -- the culmination of stonewalling by the attorney general on the investigation into fast and furious but now culminating.
With his attempt to law.
Place and Obama campaign volunteer in the investigation of these leaks these national security -- that could well go to the very top of this administration.
And the attorney general agreed with me that we need someone independent and nonpartisan.
To conduct this very sensitive investigation and who -- most classified.
Dealing with Iran and dealing with.
But unfortunately they all report to him.
Eric Holder and he showed himself incapable of separating itself those they arm of the Obama administration and an independent.
Attorney general that's supposed to be the chief law enforcement.
For the country.
Suzanne and I thought I guess I'm -- to go let me -- add something there because you have such a background.
In the in the legal field when you say something like you asked for salmon's resignation it means something even more because you know the consequences.
I'm asking for resignation he served with the Texas supreme at this Texas Supreme Court -- -- And I I just went declaring this are you asking for the attorney general's resignation because -- fast and furious because of the national league's beef because of -- combination of the way to these.
He's attempting to handle the two what's the reason.
Well it's a combination of things I worried.
That when an attorney general holder was nominated that his conduct during the Clinton Justice Department.
Would demonstrated is -- ability to separate himself from.
Covering for the politics of the administration.
And I -- questioned his ability to demonstrate independence when it was called for as the chief law enforcement.
Officer of the of the of the government.
And unfortunately everything I've seen since he was confirmed by the senate.
Has as demonstrated.
That my worst fears in fact they've become true because he's basically.
Providing political cover.
-- this administration rather than doing the sort of political during the sort of non partisan.
Independent investigations and now -- points a political crony of vote for the president somebody who worked as his own administration.
And claims about now is an independent investigation these I'm.
-- sensitive classified.
Security -- and it's not it's just it took its investments part of the cover up and it's just jumps up.
So let me play for our viewers.
The response from the attorney general when you asked for his resignation here's what he had to say.
If you want to talk about fast and furious I'm the attorney general that put an end to the misguided tactics that were used in fast and furious.
An attorney general I suppose you would hold -- higher regard was briefed on these kinds of tactics in an operation called wide receiver and did nothing.
To stop them.
300 guns at least walk in that instance.
I'm also the attorney general called on an inspector general to look into this matter to investigate this matter.
I'm also the attorney general who -- personnel changes -- ATF and in the US attorney's office that was involved have overseen the changes of process -- -- procedures within ATF to make sure that this doesn't happen ever again so I don't have any intention of resigning.
City attorney general they're talking mostly about fast and furious at the attention senator is too.
-- the questions left and answered that some have about fast and furious and to solve the questions about the implications of these national leaks that are taking place.
Then how -- Eric holder's resignation and solve those issues for you.
What -- Eric Holder won't conduct an independent and nonpartisan investigation.
In two things like fast and furious at these national security leaks that it's time for him to quit and let -- Obama appoint someone who will.
Eric Holder is has refused to cooperate with a congressional oversight investigation conducted by chairman.
Ice and senator Grassley in fact they've misled congress by claiming that the fast and furious program did not exist in February 2011.
And it took the nine months.
For them to come back and correct that and acknowledge it -- insisted but they still refuse to produce documents which we know we'll demonstrate knowledge of this.
Flawed program mode letting 2000.
-- -- high caliber weapons walked into the hands of the drug cartels we can demonstrate that high level Justice Department officials know about it but there's been no accountability.
And unfortunately he's just obstructed the congressional investigation of this to get to the bottom.
Says senator -- of course we talked about this this house panel potentially.
-- voting to hold Eric Holder in contempt of congress.
Just a pot condos are on our show last -- he said if they -- -- to really get the documents that are in question there might be an easier way to do that you've lost season have a question for you on that -- -- take a quick break.
Right after the break we'll talk a little bit about that -- I think he's -- we'll be right back.