First District GOP Rep. Raul Labrador was the first member of Congress to call for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation in 2011 and says there's a new reason for him to go -- his handling of the Petraeus inquiry.
"Holder should have resigned a long time ago," Labrador said in a Wednesday Capitol Hill news conference. "Once again, it shows the incompetence or the complete neglect and dereliction of duty in Eric Holder's administration."
I blogged yesterday about Labrador's call on his party to press for immigration reform and reach out to Hispanic voters. I left out his comments on Holder and his view of President Obama's handling of immigration.
Labrador holds strong conservative views, but typically expresses them with a civil tongue. He got pretty hot on Wednesday, so, upon reflection, I decided it was worth amplifying here. For viewers who want to view the entire news press conference, it is archived on C-SPAN.
Labrador blasted Holder for failing to inform Congress about the Patraeus matter. Labrador said he didn't know if Holder was obligated to inform Obama of the investigation, "But he has a constitutional, a statutory duty to tell the Intelligence Committee what he knows about issues like this and he failed to do that."
In October 2011, Labrador called for Holder to resign over the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms. A year later, an Inspector General's investigation found Holder was unaware of the strategy and tactics used in "Fast and Furious" and found no evidence Holder tried to cover up or mislead Congress.
Others joined Labrador in calling for Holder to go, including Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP vice presidential nominee. Holder remained, but faces fresh speculation about his days in the Cabinet being numbered.
Labrador said he expects Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to press Holder. "She's not happy. When she starts asking questions, we're going to get to the bottom of what's happening over here and I'm expecting and relying on her to do her job."
Labrador also sharp words for Obama, saying the president "poisoned the well" on immigration reform with his June executive order halting deportation of some young illegal immigrants who entered the United States as children.
To get reform, Labrador said, "We have to look past the idiocy of the other side and find a rational solution to immigration."