Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder
November 14th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
11 months ago

Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder

Washington (CNN) – A group of 11 House Republicans will introduce a resolution Thursday calling for the impeachment of Eric Holder, saying the Attorney General has lost credibility and trust over a string of issues in recent years.

The articles of impeachment, drafted by Rep. Pete Olson of Texas, faults the Attorney General for refusing to comply with a congressional investigation of the botched gun-walking operation known as "Fast and Furious," led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

Last year, House Republicans voted to hold Holder in contempt for refusing to turn over documents tied to sting. The gun operation allowed illegal gun sales believed to be destined for Mexican drug cartels in order to track the sellers and purchasers.

But ATF lost track of an estimated 2,000 weapons, most believed to have ended up in Mexico and two of which turned up at the scene of a shooting in Arizona that killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The impeachment resolution, a memo of which was provided to CNN, also accuses Holder of lying under oath before Congress in May, when he told lawmakers he had never been involved of any "potential prosecution of the press."

However, it was later reported he signed off on the Justice Department's decision to seek a search warrant in 2010 for Fox News reporter James Rosen's private e-mails as part of a leak probe.

But after Holder explained in a letter that there was never any contemplation of charging Rosen, many House Republicans abandoned their push against Holder over the issue.

The small group of Republicans, many of whom have long been going after Holder, also blame Holder for failing to enforce multiple laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act, and for not prosecuting Internal Revenue Service officials in a case involving unauthorized access to tax records of political donors or candidates.

"This was not a decision that I made lightly," Olson said in a statement. "The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the Attorney General refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action."

CNN reported last week that Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Florida, was highly involved in this new effort to try and impeach Holder.

It's worth noting that GOP leadership has so far stood on the sidelines and not voiced support for the effort, and a Republican congressional aide said the proposal is not expected to get a committee vote.

House Speaker John Boehner never called on holder to resign, despite calls from rank and file members of the House. It's also unlikely house GOP leaders would green light moving the legislation to the floor at a time when they are laser-focused on ripping Obamacare and just rebounded after the government shutdown.

This isn't the first time hardline conservatives have floated the idea of impeaching Holder, who has long been the subject of conservative ire. In December 2011, Wisconsin GOP Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner told Holder that "heads should roll" over "Fast and Furious."

"There is really no responsibility within the Justice Department," Sensenbrenner said. "The thing is, if we don't get to the bottom of this - and that requires your assistance on that - there is only one alternative that Congress has and it is called impeachment."

Sensenbrenner, however, has since made up with Holder – he recently joined Holder at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation gathering to try to find a way to resuscitate the Voting Rights Act following the Supreme Court ruling that struck down major part of it.

- CNN's Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh, Evan Perez, and Alan Silverleib contributed to this report.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Victor Cuadra

    Absolutely the man should be impeached, along with our President. Past Presidents as well should face charges and members of Congress.

    A complete independent audit of Washington needs to be demanded by the American population. The corruption is deep and many people have their hands in it.

    November 14, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  2. Dennis Freeman

    Anyone working on creating jobs???

    November 14, 2013 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  3. quieteye

    Ring of House Republicans investigated by Holder for dereliction of duty in public service and theft of the public trust while contributing to dysfunction and record low congressional approval rating of 9% while being paid near $500 a day ($174,000 year).

    November 14, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  4. AJ

    GOP has a PhD in political theater and wasting time. Even if they impeach him, it won't pass the Senate. So they waste more time, money and focus on another item that will go nowhere.

    And they wonder why the country ranks them as the lowest rated congress in history.

    November 14, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  5. Paul

    The party of NO! strikes again.

    Now if we could just find some other scabs to replace them we could get some actual legislation done.

    November 14, 2013 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  6. Bill Davis

    The Republicans have spent ZERO time on their number 1 priority. Jobs, jobs, jobs. But, they have spent an enormous amount of time calling for the impeachment of the black men in charge. Wonder why?

    November 14, 2013 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. Vegas Smitty

    The impeachment of Holder would be a good start. Then Obama. If either was a real man they would resign.

    November 14, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  8. Donna Palmersheim

    Past aside...We as the American People should expect more from our leaders. You like to the knowingly lie to the American People and that can be proved in a court of law...we impeach your ars. Period.

    November 14, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  9. Rae

    You can't impeach someone for lack of trust, you can only impeach when a law has been broken. Maybe we need to start having our lawmakers pass tests on the constitution and law before taking office, because this Congress has consistently shown a distinct lack of knowledge on that part. They seem more interested in political power plays than doing their job.

    November 14, 2013 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  10. Wake up People!

    Next on the GOPT Agenda.....

    Impeachment proceedings for the POTUS due to HIS website glitches.

    November 14, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  11. Rolick

    Politics is a game and both sides will reduce themselves to this kind of attention getting tactic. But at the end of the day, you have to get something done. The GOP has done nothing but try to hold onto power, it's seems very desperate to pull this kind of stunt when there is a "civil war" going on in the ranks. All they can do is try to gerrymander and stop people from voting so they can win elections. But when they do, they just try to hold onto power, nothing gets done.

    November 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  12. GOPNO

    Any more dead horse you guys want to beat? How about working on real problems? I want to impeach every last one of you obstructionists. We elect people to get things done. Not undo them.

    November 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  13. John Henry

    How about focusing on job creation, infrastructure, education and a multitude of other issues? It's time to govern!

    November 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  14. Tuckersdad

    Can't these people find something useful to do?!?

    November 14, 2013 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  15. Commentator

    His real "crime" is being a black man with power.

    November 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  16. Sniffit

    Yawn. Particularly at Yoho...he's a loon. This goes nowhere and is nothing more than another Weapon of Mass Distraction from a GOP/Teatroll cabal desperately trying to create enough circus about everything but job creation that the MSM will continue to help them distract the public from their abject dereliction of duty.

    November 14, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  17. Marcia

    the GOP wants EVERY Democrat impeached MEANWHILE they REFUSE to govern-it is the tea party and the Republicans who need to be impeached for treason in not doing the job they were elected to do-govern not just say NO to EVERYTHING

    November 14, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  18. Talor

    GOP states "Attorney General has lost credibility and trust over a string of issues in recent years". I think this group of congressmen should take long look in the mirror. It's congress that has lost credibility and trust of the american people. Enough already with moving our attention away from real issues. Time to focus on the economy.

    November 14, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Gabbo

    This is WAY overdue – Mr. Racist Holder is the worst thing to happen to race relations in this country outside of King Barry.

    November 14, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  20. smokeee

    Republicans are such a partisan joke of a party. All they care about is being anti Democrat, never mind best interests of the country or common sense. Whatever the Dem's push they're going to be dead set against even if its a policy they were initially behind years ago. Its just constant nay say and partisan political wrangling. And they"re so quick to try and impeach, like they did Clinton for lying about a BJ, then you got Bush/Cheney lying about all of the secret prisons and programs including torture and nobody is trying to impeach them. Its just silly how Republicans operate.

    November 14, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  21. Hillcrester

    Maybe they could tie together in a bill also outlawing abortion, prohibiting same sex marriage, deporting sell illegal immigrants, and repealing the PPACA. Then all the reasons they won't win the Presidency for a decade would all be memorialized in one place.

    November 14, 2013 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  22. Duane Allen

    The Republican Party is bound in the clutches of a cadre of absolute rubes – if you were to check the source of campaign contributions or these overwrought morons its likely you'd find an even bigger bunch of billionaire rubes pulling their strings trying to run the U.S. government by personal dictate. These guys are all patsies for the extremists that infect the GOP.

    November 14, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
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