The hole that Attorney General Eric Holder finds himself in keeps getting deeper. Now, as frustration builds at Holder's stonewalling of the "Fast and Furious" investigation, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has asked for Holder's resignation.
Lawmakers' frustration with Attorney General Eric Holder over an ongoing security leak probe and the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation boiled over Tuesday, with a top Republican lawmaker calling on Holder to resign.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made the call for Holder's resignation during a Senate hearing late Tuesday morning. It came in the context of GOP concerns about Holder's decision to appoint two lawyers from within his department to handle the politically sensitive leak probe -- as well as concerns about Fast and Furious.
"I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office," Cornyn said. "Americans deserve an attorney general that will be honest with them, they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability. You've proven time and time again, sadly, that you're unwilling to do so."
Holder is apparently feeling the heat. As noted by Politico.com, Holder said he is willing to make "compromises" regarded documents that have been requested by congressional leaders. Holder claims the ongoing investigation could lead to a "constitutional crisis."
"We are prepared to make - I am prepared to make - compromises with regard to the documents that can be made available," said Holder in a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I want to make it very clear that I am offering - I myself - to sit down with the Speaker, the chairman, with you, whoever, to try and work our way through this in an attempt to avoid a constitutional crisis, and come up with ways, creative ways, in which to make this material available. But I've got to have a willing partner. I've extended my hand, and I'm waiting to hear back," he added in response to a question about the subpoenaed documents posed by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa.)
After using the phrase "constitutional crisis" at least three times, Holder noted two hours into the hearingthat "constitutional conflict" might be a better term.
At issue is Holder's refusal to provide more that 100,000 documents which have been subpoenaed by Congress. How does Holder describe his defiance of Congress? He says he has "stuck by my guns." A fitting description given the gun-running scandal.
"I stuck by my guns," Holder continued. "I've been criticized a lot for the positions that I've taken. I've lost some. I've won more than I've lost. I'm proud of the work that I've done. More important, I'm proud of the 116,000 people in this United States Department of Justice. This has been the highlight of my career to have been the attorney general of the United States, to work with you all and to serve this president. What my future holds, frankly, I'm just not sure."