GOP Senator Cornyn demands AG Holder resign, Holder gives epic smack-down response

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Yesterday, during his ninth appearance before Congress regarding the “Fast and Furious” debacle (read more about that HERE), Senator John Cornyn, Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, saying he hoped President Obama would replace him.

AG Holder’s response was epic and a total smack-down of Cornyn. The transcript below is courtesy of Meteor Blades at Daily Kos from his post Sen. Cornyn accuses Eric Holder of perjury, asks him to resign. Gets told to pound sand:

Cornyn: In short, you’ve violated the public trust in my view and, by failing and refusing to perform the duties of your office.

It’s more with sorrow than regret, than with anger, that I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those who call upon you to resign your office.

Americans deserve an attorney general who will be honest with them. They deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of politiical independence and accountabilty. You’ve proven time and time again, sadly, that you are unwilling to do so. The American people deserve better. They deserve an attorney general who is accountable and independent. They deserve an attorney general who puts justice before politics.

It’s my sincere hope that President Obama will replace you with someone who is up to that challenge.

[Chairman Patrick Leahy offers a few remarks of support for Holder and then allows him to respond.]

Holder: With all due respect, senator, there is so much that is factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with, it’s almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy, but, I’ll simply leave it at that.

You know, we want to talk about Fast and Furious, this is, I guess, what, the ninth time?— [turning to an aide who nods "yes"]—this is now the ninth time that I have answered questions before a congressional committee about “Fast and Furious.”

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 whom I suppose you would hold in higher regard was briefed on these kinds of tactics in an operation called “Wide Receiver” and did nothing to stop them. Nothing. Three hundred guns, at least, “walked” in that instance.

I’m also the attorney general who called on an inspector general to look into this matter, to investigate this matter. I’m also the attorney general who made personnel changes at ATF and in the U.S. Attorneys office that was involved, have overseen the changes of processes and procedures within ATF to make sure that this doesn’t happen ever again.

So I don’t have any intention of resigning. I heard the White House press officer say yesterday that the president has absolute confidence in me. I don’t have any reason to believe that in fact is not the case.

And in terms of, you know, what is it that we have turned over to Congress in this regard, let’s put something on the record here. … We have collected data from 240 custodians, we have processed millions of electronic records, looked at over 140,000 documents, turned over 7,600 pages. Over the course of 46 separate productions, we have made available people from the department at the highest levels to be interviewed.

And I’ve also said, indicated, I guess, earlier in my testimony, to the extent that all of that is not enough to satisfy the concerns that have been raised in the House committee, I am willing to sit down and talk about the provision of more materials. I have sent letters in that regard, the deputy attorney general has sent letters in that regard, and have not had responses. Which leads me to believe that the desire here is not for an accommodation but for a political point-making. And that is the kind of thing that, you know, you and and your side, I guess, have the ability to do if that’s what you want to do. It is the kind of thing that I think turns people off about Washington. While we have very serious problems, we still have this political gamesmanship.

Cornyn: The problem we have is that you won’t allow Congress to do its job when it comes to oversight and you thwart a legitimate investigation into programs like Fast and Furious.

This is politics, pure and simple. Holder has admitted that mistakes were made, has taken effective measures to ensure it never happens again and has provided reams of information requested by the Republicans. When a similar operation, “Wide Receiver”, happened under George W. Bush’s watch, no Republican uttered a word about it.

Republican hypocrisy at it finest.

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  • Jaded28

    Please check your link. I’m sure the Fast and Furious they are referring to is not the movie staring Vin Disel which is where your link (read more about that HERE) is taking people.

  • Jaded28
    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Oops : )

      Thanks. I’ll correct it.

  • Connie

    Just like the birther controversy……it doesn’t matter what they do, what facts and documentation they have, they will NEVER be satisfied.

  • http://www.perfecthindsite.com/chat.html Bobfr

    Well done!!!

    Here’s a little translation I just sent #SenCornyn ….

    https://twitter.com/Our4thEstate/status/212989831310082051

    #PRESSON

  • He-Man

    Epic Smack down? Please. This fool is either a liar or an incompetent. If the DoJ actually had to compete for its customers, it would have gone out of business immediately after this gun walking scandal erupted, and Holder would be in a bread line.

    • Cynic17

      Go back to watching cartoons.

    • http://twitter.com/GoBrooklyn AW

      If the DOJ had to to compete for customers? is the “free market” the right wing solution to every damn thing?

    • eclecticbrotha

      “Compete for its customers?” Is the attorney general an ambulance chaser to you?

  • John Doe

    It’s not Republican hypocrisy, it’s plain old hypocrisy. The Republicrats will always lie and cheat to stay in office.

  • benskott114

    Wide receiver was a similar program, except that in that older program they actually attempted to track the guns, not just release them in to the wild and forget about them, as happened in the program begun under Holder’s reign at Justice. Holder is raining BS.

    • Nodrama

      As AG Holder said, the problem was with Wide Receiver. They were the ones who distributed and lost track of the guns. It was discovered under Fast and Furious.

      • benskott114

        Uhh… no. But nice rewrite of history.

    • http://twitter.com/LiberalDemIda LiberalDemIda

      Is that what Fox News told you. Aww . . . poor thang.

      • benskott114

        I don’t watch Fox News, or any other TV news. And this isn’t being covered by CNN or any of the other major news sites, so my knowledge comes from an extensive reading of articles and speculation online. Whereas I assume your knowledge comes from whatever Holder says, and you just take his word for it.

        I guess you’re the type that lives in a liberal box and refuses to be exposed to anything that might differ from your worldview?

        • eclecticbrotha

          “Articles and speculation online.” Just brilliant.

          • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

            That’s why I left it up. You just can’t pay for comedy like that.

          • http://twitter.com/benskott benskott

            Yes, because NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, ABC, and MSNBC have always been honest and truthful. Oh wait, they haven’t, every single one has been caught straight-out lying. My sources are every bit as valid, and I’d be willing to bet loads of cash that I would beat you on any test of current events knowledge.

            But hey, you can continue to speculate that you are so much better informed by watching a bunch of liars, most of whom are barely even mentioning Fast and Furious.

  • TeacherPatti

    Good. I’m glad someone schooled those fools. I wish more politicians could react the way I do when irked by someone. Generally, this begins by me saying, “Motherfucker what’d you say to me?” and goes from there. In fact, I think if everyone got a little ghetto (as I have been told I tend to do), we’d get more shit done.

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  • Josh

    Except that guns were not tracked like the previous operation and a BORDER AGENT was killed in Fast and Furious.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Annie-Coffman/100001633755792 Annie Coffman

      The guns disappeared. Great “tracking”. Wonder how many more bodies are out there? It’s time to stop playing political games on the taxpayers’ dime.

  • Mary in Dallas

    You know what? Cornyn won’t allow Congress to do its job. None of the Republicans in Congress are allowing Congress to do its job. Holder is in such a higher level of public service when it comes to performance than Cornyn. I called his office yesterday and left an insulting message as a constituent.

  • Peter Gatliff

    When the fascist took over Germany all the Democrats were forced to resign. The “Business Plot” is alive and well in America today. Thomas Jefferson warned us. “The end of Democracy and the defeat of the American Revoulution WILL occur when the government falls into the hands of the lending institutions and the moneyed incorporations”.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_56JUAHLEPNF6DNGN37I5456IRE Dan M

    Personally, Holder should resign. Not over this, but over not jailing the war criminals Bush, Cheney Gonzales, ad nausium.

  • BananaRepublcan

    The problem for the GOPs and all its supporters is the President is not only a Democrat but also BLACK. GOPs and supporters believe that the US President should always be a Republican and preferably very WHITE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cory-James-Hinman/1307089568 Cory James Hinman

    “It’s more with sorrow than regret”?HAHAHAHAHA

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6EV5WEDSFN4OXYW5KJN2FWUG2A ChristBurns2YearOlds

    Aw, the man who believes he has a right to assassinate US citizens with no trial, is being treated unfair.

  • Denise

    obamacare had about 5400 hundred pages and these same people complained it was too much to read. now they have about 23,000 pages and they want more, more, more! lol

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  • bl

    Holder has admitted mistakes were made….classic obscurantist passive voice.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Dennis Miller, is that you???

  • http://www.facebook.com/demarcus.i.jackson Demarcus Ibdul Jackson

    I LOVE Eric Holder and support him wholeheartedly. He is not more flawed than any other Attorney General in recent history, and he probably has more integrity in some areas than other Attorney Generals.

  • wilmbear

    if you look closely the things that they are suppose to be investigating were going on before he held office, He discovered it and tried and started work to set things right. Why aren’t they draging in the people who started these operations; oh thats right they’re republicans

  • eclecticbrotha

    Wow. That’s some good pwnage right there, son.

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