Monday, October 17, 2011

John Cornyn says Obama is “only person left with any confidence” in Eric Holder | Texas on the Potomac | a blog

John Cornyn says Obama is “only person left with any confidence” in Eric Holder | Texas on the Potomac | a blog

John Cornyn says Obama is “only person left with any confidence” in Eric Holder

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder (AP)
Texas Sen. John Cornyn criticized President Obama’s defense of Eric Holdertoday, saying the president may be “the only person left with any confidence” in the embattled U.S. attorney general whom Republicans accuse of lying to Congress.
Of course he has confidence in Eric Holder. Can't you guys see it? You do, so why lie to us? 
Obama NEEDS Eric Holder in office to protect him from HIS corrupt crimes.. They're both guilty 
of the Fast and Furious scheme... Both are staunchly anti-Second Amendment, and THEY came 
up with this, leaving the ATF to carry it out. YOU KNOW THIS... WE Know it. The DOJ is under 
Holder and at least 15 or 16 members are under investigation, and you know they're all holding 
up a wall for lawless corrupt activities that ARE treasonous. PLEASE, make it 
Fast and Furious 
so Brian Terry's death was not in vain.. And so JUSTICE is served and the people of this 
country are not in jeopardy because of the inherent corrupt criminal anti-American 
administration that's taking us out this fast... Are you too close to it? Maybe step outside so 
you can get out of the fog that's obviously inside that bubble, it's blinding you people.

“It is difficult to believe that after memos were sent to his office, ATF officials briefed Congress on Fast and Furious and it was reported in the media, Mr. Holder still didn’t have knowledge of it, as he claims, for several months,” Cornyn, a San Antonio Republican, said in an emailed statement.
Obama said today he has “complete confidence in Attorney General Holder in how he handles his office.” Republicans, including Texas Reps. Lamar Smithand Ted Poe, are calling for an investigation into Holder over whether he lied about when he found about the gun-tracking operation dubbed “Fast and Furious.
Holder had told a congressional panel in May he found out about the operation a few weeks before. But recently released memos show Holder was briefed on Fast and Furious in July 2010, leading the White House to come to the attorney general’s defense.
Rep. Smith, R-San Antonio, asked Obama earlier this week to appoint a special counsel to investigate whether Holder misled Congress under oath. White House spokesman Jay Carney yesterday rebuffed that request, saying Holder’s testimony to Congress was “consistent and truthful.”

Sen. John Cornyn (AP photo)
Cornyn also reiterated his desire expressed yesterday for Holder to come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to clear up when he found out about the operation. A multiagency effort run from the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Fast and Furious was aimed at allowing straw purchasers to buy guns illegally and following the weapons back to Mexican drug cartel kingpins.
Roughly 1,400 guns went missing in the operation, and two were found at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December.
The acting head of ATF during the operation, Kenneth Melson, stepped down in late August and took a new advisory post in the DOJ. New Acting Director B. Todd Jones said yesterday ATF was shifting 11 top officials within the department, including demoting two top officials involved in the operation, as the agency seeks to “hit the reset button” and return to its “core missions of violent crime and public safety.”
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, have been leading a congressional investigation to determine how far knowledge of the botched gun-tracking operation went up in the Justice Department and who authorized the operation.
Obama said the Justice Department’s inspector general is also investigating, at the request of Holder.
“I have complete confidence in him, and I’ve got complete confidence in the process to figure out who, in fact, was responsible for that decision and how it got made,” Obama said
Puneet Kollipara
Puneet Kollipara covers politics and energy/environmental regulation from the Washington, D.C., bureau of Hearst Newspapers. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics and physics from Washington University in St. Louis. Follow him on Twitter:@pkollipara
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