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Rep. Paul Gosar: Holder Responsible for 'Lawlessness' In Washington

By    |   Friday, 26 September 2014 11:10 AM

Attorney General Eric Holder's tenure will be remarkable for the current climate of "lawlessness" in the nation's capital, Rep. Paul Gosar, an Arizona Republican, said Friday on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum."

"When you look at his moments in Fast and Furious where he refused to turn over documentation to the House and Congress for its rightful oversight, to the Bergdahl swap in telling the president it was okay without telling the Congress," Gosar said, referring to the Arizona ATF scandal and the president's decision to swap kidnapped Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five members of the Taliban.

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"He fundamentally has changed the Department of Justice and has helped pursue what the president wants, fundamentally changing America. So he was the chief architect in establishing the lawlessness that we see in Washington D.C."

The investigation into the Fast and Furious operation — federal agents permitted straw gun buyers to transport weapons across the Mexican border to try to track the weapons to high-level arms traffickers — will continue with or without Attorney General Eric Holder in the post.

"Just recently a federal court has upheld the House's right to receive all the documentation and so they have here until October 10th to file an appeal, the last appeal in regards to that stay," Gosar said. "So [the investigation] will continue as ordered to get the documentation that we are due in the Fast and Furious."

The House in 2012 found Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over more than 1,500 pages of Justice Department documents related to Fast and Furious.

Gosar said he takes no joy in celebrating Holder's departure.

"I am pleased, but it's a sad day when you applaud the announcement of a resignation of the attorney general when you expect them to uphold the Constitution and the root laws of the land," he said.

Gosar speculated that that pressure from the Fast and Furious investigation combined with a desire to help President Barack Obama get Holder's replacement in place before the midterms were likely the impetus for his decision to leave now.

"They are very afraid that the Senate will flip hands to the Republicans which would mean it would be very hard to replace Eric Holder with somebody the president truly likes because as you know, Senator [Harry] Reid, the majority leader in the Senate, has broken the filibuster rule in regards to appointees, confirmation of appointees," according to Gosar.

He predicts Obama will act swiftly to find a replacement, though Gosar doesn't think it will be a household name. He speculated that it might be a "prominent judge" or U.S. attorney that Obama put in the position, but is betting it will be "a female minority that looks a lot like the thought process of Eric Holder as well as the president."

"He'll move pretty quickly because they have seen a change in the trade winds in this election cycle," he said. "America's angry. America's scared. They want security from their country. They have not seen that from their president. They want security in their jobs they see no more money in their pockets as they did six or seven years ago or maybe even worse. They wanted security and healthcare and now they're finding insecurity so the president has backed himself into a corner very, very much and it'll be hard to change the winds of this election cycle. Despite sometimes the Republicans best stumbles."

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