Eric Holder has gotten just a tiny bit sensitive about the increasingly louder calls that he resign over the deadly Operation Fast and Furious. Yesterday, he threw a little hissy fit at a reporter who dared to ask him about an actual news story. .
As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.
Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”
Holder then walked offstage without answering TheDC’s request for comment about calls for his resignation.
He then presumably went to his office for a glass of juice and a nap because that’s the cure for a bad case of crankypants.
We shouldn’t be surprised at Holder’s petulance. He’s never been known for being upfront and honest about the various corrupt schemes in which he’s embroiled himself in his relentless quest for political power. His political career has been one long example of failing upwards into positions of greater power and greater responsibility but less accountability to the citizens for whom he is supposed to work.
I’m curious about something else, though. Holder seems to have a pretty good handle on what the Daily Caller has written about him — this outburst was the second time he’s mentioned the website’s coverage of his role in Operation Fast and Furious. However, he testified under oath to Congress that he knew nothing of at least two important memos on the operation sent to him specifically.
[Nevada Senator John] Cornyn later followed by pointing out a July 5, 2010 memo and a Nov. 1, 2010 memo addressed to Holder referencing Operation Fast and Furious.Holder said it was “incorrect” that he received those memos.
Cornyn responded, “They were memos with your name on them referring to the Fast and Furious operation. Are you just saying you didn’t read them?”
Holder said, “I didn’t receive them. What happens is that these reports are prepared, they are reviewed by my staff.”
How, exactly, did that work? I didn’t see any indication that Cornyn tried to find out with a follow-up question. It makes me wonder what sort of office Holder is running. Operation Fast and Furious put some 2,000 guns in the hands of known killers. Those guns killed at least 200 Mexicans and at least one American law enforcement officer. He has no excuse for being as ill-informed as he testified he was.
However, he did have plenty of time to get up to speed on what the Daily Caller has been writing about him. Obviously news about Eric Holder is far more important to Eric Holder than status reports about an operation that killed dozens upon dozens of people and will kill even more before we get all the guns back. That is unacceptable to me and I hope it’s unacceptable to you as well. Eric Holder needs to resign, and if he won’t do so, President Barack Obama needs to fire him and apologize formally to the families of those murdered by his administration’s stupidity.
Category: Political Pontifications