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White House Quiet as More Call for Holder to Quit

Friday, 18 Nov 2011 11:42 AM

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More than 50 lawmakers are now calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to step down over his handling of the ATF’s guns-to-cartels debacle Fast and Furious, reports DailyCaller.com.

Holder refused to comment on developments Thursday while he was reportedly on a taxpayer-funded junket in the Caribbean, according to the website.

The latest lawmakers joining the anti-Holder chorus include GOP Reps. Blaine Luetkemeyer and Todd Akin of Missouri and Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia, pushing the total number of resignation supporters to 51.

“Fast and Furious played fast and loose with the American public’s safety, leaving a U.S. Border Patrol agent dead and DOJ-purchased guns in the hands of Mexican drug lords,” Westmoreland told the Caller. “To say this program was a failure and an embarrassment to the U.S. justice system is an understatement.”

“No matter how many times the attorney general’s statement of when he was aware of Operation Fast and Furious changes — and it has changed almost daily — at the end of the day, he is the head of the Department of Justice and the buck stops with him,” Westmoreland continued. “It’s time for Mr. Holder to hold himself accountable.”

The White House, meanwhile, has been quiet on the Holder issue. The Caller sees this as a sign that President Barack Obama could be waiting to see if it will be “politically necessary” to shed Holder from the administration.



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