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6/14/2012 (1 year ago)

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Sen. John Cornyn says attorney general has 'violated the public trust'

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) took Attorney General Eric Holder to task at a dramatic Senate hearing, calling for the nation's top law enforcement official to resign. Saying Holder should resign on account of the botched Operation Fast and Furious, Cornyn also pointed out the Justice Department's slow response to a congressional subpoena for Fast and Furious documents, in addition to Holder's handling of alleged intelligence leaks within the Justice Department.

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Holder was 'using the Department of Justice as the political arm of the Obama campaign' and blasted Holder's opposition to state voter ID laws as 'ridiculous.'

Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) accused Holder was "using the Department of Justice as the political arm of the Obama campaign" and blasted Holder's opposition to state voter ID laws as "ridiculous."

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/14/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Eric Holder, John Cornyn, fast and Furious, calls for resignation


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - on the Senate floor, Cornyn told holder that he had "violated the public trust in my view, by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office."

Holder interrupted Cornyn's denunciations, Cornyn accused him of "filibustering" the hearing. Holder maintains that it was Cornyn, and not himself who was spreading falsehoods. Holder said that Cornyn's statement was "almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy."

"With all due respect, senator, there is so much that is factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with," Holder told Cornyn.

Cornyn was just one of many Republicans at the hearing who criticized Holder's handling of Fast and Furious. Said operation was the one in which Phoenix-based ATF agents used watch-and-wait tactics on cartel-linked gunrunners -- but then lost track of over 2,000 weapons that slipped into Mexico.

Two of those weapons were later recovered in December of 2010 in Arizona at the murder site of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

As to why he has not relinquished all documents requested by Congress, Holder responded that "this is the ninth time I have answered questions before a congressional committee about Fast and Furious."

Cornyn continued his tirade in a speech on the Senate floor five hours later.

"I believe the American people deserve a chief law enforcement officer who will be independent of political influence, accountable to the law, and transparent with his dealings to the Congress," Cornyn declared. "Unfortunately, Eric Holder has failed on all of these counts."

Cornyn accused Holder was "using the Department of Justice as the political arm of the Obama campaign" and blasted Holder's opposition to state voter ID laws as "ridiculous."

"Voter ID laws present no impediment to participation in voting," he said. "American people are accustomed to presenting photo ID. Every time you get on an airplane or buy a pack of cigarettes or a beer, you have to produce a photo ID. But Mr. Holder has been so outrageous as to compare these voter ID laws to Jim Crow poll taxes. This charge is defamatory and an insult to the people of my state and anyone with common sense."

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