Labrador calls for Holder's resignation over Operation Fast and Furious

Saying Eric Holder is "either lying or grossly incompetent,' 1st Congressional District Rep. Raul Labrador today called for the attorney general's resignation.

Labrador has joined a list of Republicans criticizing Holder's May 3 testimony about Operation Fast and Furious, a gun trafficking network established in an attempt to infiltrate Mexican drug cartels.

"It is clear from recently released documents that Mr. Holder did in fact know about Fast and Furious well before he publicly admitted," said Labrador in a news release.

"It is clear he has not been honest about the extent of his involvement with the failed Fast and Furious program and should not be entrusted with managing the Department of Justice. He cannot avoid responsibility for his involvement with a government program that directly led to the tragic death of a decorated U.S. Border Patrol agent."

Federal agents have lost track of 1,400 of the more than 2,000 weapons identified in the program, according to a Hearst Newspapers report. Two of the weapons were found in December 2010, at the scene where border patrol agent Brian Terry was found dead.

President Obama today expressed his confidence in Holder.

Here's the full Labrador news release:

Today, Idaho First Congressional District Congressman Raúl R. Labrador called for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder after evidence of discrepancies in his previous testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary was brought to light by a national media outlet.

Mr. Labrador has been critical of potential abuses of the Bureau of Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BAFTE) since his March 17, 2011 letter to Oversight Chairman Darrel Issa urging his committee to conduct in-depth investigations into allegations of weapons being sold, with federal government complicity, to Mexican cartels. Over 1,500 such weapons remain unaccounted for and already one was found at the scene of the death of an American law enforcement officer.

Labrador stated, “I first learned about Fast and Furious early this year from several of my constituents. I then asked Chairman Issa to hold hearings on the topic. As I attended the hearings and reviewed the evidence, I was careful to not jump to any conclusions about the extent of Mr. Holder’s involvement. However, the recently published documents that directly link Mr. Holder to Fast and Furious have convinced me that he is either lying or grossly incompetent.”

Rep. Labrador continued, “The attorney general of the United States has an obligation to provide truthful and accurate testimony to Congress. When Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress on May 3, his statements were either untrue or deliberately misleading. It is clear from recently released documents that Mr. Holder did in fact know about Fast and Furious well before he publicly admitted. Attorney General Holder has a troubling pattern of failed cooperation with the legislative branch. Because of this intentional stonewalling and his misleading testimony, I now call for Mr. Holder’s resignation. It is clear he has not been honest about the extent of his involvement with the failed Fast and Furious program and should not be entrusted with managing the Department of Justice.“

“He cannot avoid responsibility for his involvement with a government program that directly led to the tragic death of a decorated U.S. Border Patrol agent. As our nation’s top enforcer of the principles of law and justice, Mr. Holder has lost all credibility and should step down immediately. The question now is if Mr. Holder is he only protecting himself or is he also protecting others — perhaps all the way to the top of the administration,” Labrador concluded.

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Oh please......Raul......your republican president Bush and his conservative administration, ATF officials & Attorney General Alberto Gonzales were willfully allowing thousands of guns to walk into Mexico under operation wide receiver.

The concept is wrong no matter whose administration conceived of the genius operation.......

It’s an obviously a failure for both administrations.

Raul if you seek honest accountability of both administrations then great!

But...... it is clear by your partisan rhetoric news release, you exist with in an opinion based fact world...........

Your partisan tea party news release is a manufactured political attack propaganda.....to sway low information taters...(who stare at FOX NEWS like there at church listening to god himself)......with opinion based fact.........founded within your extremist fake moral high ground of intolerance.

Raul your in it for all the wrong reasons and you have done nothing to date for hardworking Idahoans.

Holder has to go

It was wrong under the Bush administration, it's wrong under the Obama administration. The fact that this was already done once and declared a disaster makes it even worse that they did it again.

two wrongs

Hmmmm, two wrongs make a "right"... is that like 3 left turns make a right turn? So what if it were six wrongs does that make it more right? A wrong is a wrong and we should call it a wrong. Does it matter what the other person did? Holder lied or at the very least he should have known. In either case if he did the right thing he would step down. The AG should be ABOVE any reproach. If congress asks him a question he should tell the truth. Is that to much to ask of the AG?

Oh baloney

What a crock.You are about as believable as Holder.Need a tin foil cap?

This

from a lawyer that made it a practice of defending criminal illegal aliens.
Yes, the death of Border Patrol officer Brian Terry was tragic. It happened just north of Nogales, Az and Terry's death was caused by criminal illegal aliens.
Holder has a credibility problem but so do you Raul.

Holder should resign

on his way to prison. He lied to investigators and there are 200 now dead because of his criminal behavior. You lefties should think a little deeper about the Obama administrations intentions behind this scandal before you blindly step up and defend their actions.

Really?

We "lefties" should think deeper? Oh please! This is small potatoes compared to Iran Contra and the support of right wing death squads buy your beloved Reagan. Kinda seeing the mote in your neighbors eye but no the beam in your own. From what I understand of this, it needs to have an honest investigation and if appropriate, people involved held accountable.

right on!

Well stated wakeup.

Get Holder out

Good job Congressman Labradour It time to get rid of this 2nd Amendment hating piece of you know what.This is a classic example of the Illinois political machinery.Corrupt and very anti rural America.

And we have a new graduate fresh from the 'I heard it on Fox

so it must be true' school of hyperbole.

"No his mind is not for rent, to any god or government." Neil Peart

Get Real

Try the "true school of common sense" Talk about arrogance.

Gun Control Agenda

Everyone knows this was a blatant attempt to renew the "assault rifle" ban and it blew up in Holders face.

There's a bigger story here

I do believe that Holder had an agenda about assult weapons ban and wanted to use this ATC plan to heighten a ban on sales in the USA.
Such crimes would further his cause to ban them.

Exactly

You are spot on.Pretty transparent if you ask me.

Scary

This is getting scary,I agree with Congressman Labradour again.

House oversight committee

House oversight committee chairman republican Issa continues to try to pin the flawed gun walking program on the Obama administration.

Simply to discredit the president and score partisan political points for the election.

The real world facts are clear.

Problems with ATF Phoenix division date back into the Bush era.

In fact, ATF officials wrote in 2007,the gun walking tactic had full approval of the U.S. Attorney's Office run by a Bush appointee and that the U.S. Embassy in Mexico was fully on-board.

Phoenix ATF agents lost track of first shipment of illegal guns in 2007 and tried to cover it up.

ATF official Newell in charge of the Phoenix division tried to assure everyone that everything would be okay and shut down the case.

Issa's has had the facts and emails on the 2007 case for months, but hasn't done anything about them.