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WILL THERE BE MORE BY WEEK’S END?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jun. 14, 2012) — Five U.S. Senators have called upon putative Attorney General Eric Holder to tender his resignation, although Sen. Orrin Hatch also used the word “retire” in regard to Holder, stating that “He’s basically a nice man.”
Holder had testified to Congress last year that he was not aware of the Fast & Furious operation in 2010, although documents which came to light later showed that he had received updates on the program at that time. Holder has also been sharply criticized for his handling of recent national security leaks.
Holder has been questioned aggressively on nine occasions by members of Congress about the gunwalking operation, “Fast & Furious,” which has been declared responsible for the death of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata as well as the deaths of several hundred Mexican citizens at the hands of drug cartel members into whose hands the guns were placed.
In an unrelated corruption investigation, WorldNetDaily is reporting that Eric Holder could be protecting a powerful lending institution from a federal investigation associated with Holder’s former employer, law firm Covington & Burling. It is alleged that Holder and Lanny Breuer, who acted as White House special counsel during the Clinton-Lewinsky inquiry and currently serves as head of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, have been obstructing an investigation into questionable lending practices by Credit Suisse in regard to a resort property in Montana.
Regarding Fast & Furious, Breuer has stated that he should have voiced his objections about the previous gunrunning operation, “Wide Receiver,” which took place during the Bush presidency, as it related to its follow-up program under Holder.
As of last November, 35 members of the House of Representatives had called upon Holder to resign over Fast & Furious. In March, that number had grown to 123. Rep. Steve King of Iowa has recently voiced support for Holder’s resignation.
On Tuesday, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas asked Holder to resign during Holder’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, stating that Holder “misled” members of Congress about Fast & Furious. “You won’t appoint a special prosecutor…you won’t tell the truth about what you knew about Fast & Furious…” Cornyn said.
Because Holder will not turn over all of the documents requested by the House Oversight Committee, he yesterday proposed making a “deal” with congressional leaders about information that he might be willing to release. House members received only about 7,600 pages of information of about 80,000 pages requested. Holder said that if the materials he has turned over are not satisfactory, he is “willing to sit down” with leaders and believes that they are trying to score “political points.” Holder has claimed before that “politics” had been the force behind the Fast & Furious probe.
The Post & Email has placed calls to several U.S. Senators to obtain statements about their views of Holder’s performance and will report on any responses received.
Update, June 14, 2012, 2:34 p.m. EDT: Senator Richard Blumenthal of CT has issued a statement that he agrees that Holder’s two appointees should conduct the investigation into the national security leaks and that if he were in a position to vote on Holder’s confirmation, he would vote in the affirmative.
Second Update, June 14, 2012, 5:24 p.m. EDT: Attorney General Eric Holder has sent a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa outlining the compromise he is willing to make in regard to releasing documents which have been subpoenaed. In the letter, Holder states that he is willing to provide “a briefing” to Issa’s committee and “documents…outside the scope of the Committee’s interest in the inappropriate tactics used in Fast & Furious…”