Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan stated Sunday that Attorney General Eric Holder must go due to the Fast and Furious scandal in which the Obama administration sent thousands of U.S. guns to Mexican criminals that whistleblowers say was to attempt make a case for more gun control in the United States.
Ryan made the comments to The Daily Caller Sunday through his spokesman Brandon Buck.
Buck told the Caller that Ryan agrees with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who stated in December of 2011,
“Either Mr. Holder himself should resign, or the president should ask for his resignation or remove him. It’s unacceptable for him to continue in that position now given the fact that he has misled Congress and entirely botched the investigation of the Fast and Furious program.”
The final report of the Office of the Inspector General on Fast and Furious stated that the report was incomplete due to the lack of cooperation from the White House in providing documents and access to key witnesses.
Many conservatives and gun rights activists have repeatedly stated, however, that Holder’s resignation or forced termination does not go nearly far enough given the gravity of the crimes committed by the Attorney General and his top aides at the Department of Justice and supervisory agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).
Activists point to federal laws that were broken in soliciting the help of federally licensed firearms dealers along the southern border to help in a supposed “sting operation” that was never actually a sting. Whistleblower agents of the ATF state that Fast and Furious was never intended to be a sting at all, that agents did not “trace the weapons” once they reached Mexican drug cartels, and no arrests were made resulting from the program.
Two federal agents later were murdered with guns found at the scene that were part of the Fast and Furious scam. And hundreds of Mexican citizens who live close to the border with the United States have also lost their lives to criminals who used these guns.
These factors have led many within the gun rights community and the conservative movement as a whole to call for the impeachment of Holder due to “high crimes and misdemeanors.”
In addition, the section of the Justice Department that handles cases involving wiretaps is a special program that requires the involvement of top officials, including the attorney general and the president of the United States. That program is called the Department of Justice Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and is required to sign off on cases that utilize wiretaps.
A record of the wiretap applications was submitted by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., in a special hearing of the House during which Eric Holder was cited for contempt of Congress. The wiretaps prove the involvement of OCDETF, thus proving the involvement of high level administration officials, including the president who is described as having “general oversight” of the program.
However, impeachment proceedings against Holder or Obama would be futile in the current political makeup of Congress. While the House is under Republican control, the Senate is controlled by a Democrat majority, which would prevent any vote to remove either official from office.
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