Ring of House Republicans to call for impeachment of Holder
November 14th, 2013
08:44 AM ET
1 year 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. Tampa Tim

    If you can impeach someone for lack of credibility, how did Bush make it through 8years? Gonzales, Rumsfeld, Cheney, should have been in jail. Operation wide receiver, asleep at the wheel for 9-11, unnecessary wars, lies about WMDs, Great Recession, etc.

    November 14, 2013 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  2. Gurgyl

    Is this Democracy or communism played by GOP thugs? Nonsense.

    November 14, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    80 years have passed, and the GOP has accomplished nothing. They fought against social security, Medicare, veterans benefits, immigration reform, poor people, minorities, workers, our environment, safety regulations, education, science, students, and now ACA. Terrorists who wish to do harm to America only need to look at the republican play book.

    November 14, 2013 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  4. okie

    So where was all this outrage, and impeachment attempts for georgie, don rumcake, or the guy who shot his buddy on a hunting trip, you know that haliburton guy, what's his name? Oh yea DICK cheney. I find it comical that they want to impeach the ag over a program that their guy started, typical "we messed up, but you're gona pay for it." nonsense. Just like the nsa spying issue, it was authorized via the patriot act, but i guess that' s this administrations fault too since he's being blamed for everything else the shrub actually did.

    November 14, 2013 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  5. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Who cares what the GOP garbage of America says, their going to be kicked out of office in nov, 2014 for obstruction and incompetence !!!!!!!

    November 14, 2013 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    So, in other words, this is a nuisance resolution designed to keep attention away from the fact that the GOP still cannot come up with viable alternatives to any of the problems facing this country. Wonderful. For people who claim they are concerned about reducing government waste, they certainly seem dedicated to creating more.

    November 14, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  7. A True Conservative

    So he lied under oath....everybody does it....and it's not like he's the nations top law enforcement officer or something....oh....wait......

    November 14, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  8. Chris

    So... does this mean we can impeach members of Congress for those exact reasons? *Eye roll*

    November 14, 2013 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It's worth noting that GOP leadership has so far stood on the sidelines and not voiced support for the effort, and House Speaker John Boehner has not indicated he plans to bring the resolution to a vote, once it's introduced.

    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"
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    Does CNN ever, and I mean EVER ... take responsibility for its willingness to help Republicans in their doom and gloom fear mongering?

    Shouldn't there come a time when CNN journalists sit back, cross their arms, and actually stop repeating verbatim GOP talking points?

    In other words, when is the line drawn between propoganda and news reporting?

    November 14, 2013 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. smith

    He should been replaced a long time ago. He needs to be held accountable for the fast and furious debacle. Im not surprised, Clinton never held Reno accountable for her debacles either. When an AG says, "We need to brainwash people into thinking guns are bad" something is wrong. Keyword-Brainwash.

    November 14, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. disanitnodicos

    Sonny youngin's about to get snapped.

    November 14, 2013 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  12. MaryM

    Jesus H Christ. And republicans wonder why they have a 74% DISAPPROVAL RATING. Please Americans, vote these GOP obstructionist out of office asap

    November 14, 2013 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  13. talldarkfree

    Poor GOP – why don't they focus on the economy, immigration, etc? All we DEMS can do at this point is stay LASER FOCUSED on the 2014 elections. Haven't they realized the more they hassle Eric Holder, the more vunerable they become, and the more he digs in? It's a new day, and just because he's African American, doesn't mean he's not HIGHLY EDUCATED, and no doubt the smartest AG ever!

    November 14, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  14. Al-NY,NY

    whatever. if the GOP spent even half the time they do trying to disqualify everything Obama with real efforts, the country would be in much better shape.....and they'd have a chance in Hades of winning a national election

    November 14, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  15. freedom

    Exactly – and the president's deceit is ten-fold over Holder – so, first Holder, and then Obama. They're not above the constitution and the law.

    November 14, 2013 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    They want to impeach him over a program that wasn't started under him. This is the game they're playing now. Advert all attention from the fact that they cost us $24 BILLION DOLLARS which we have no way of recouping.

    November 14, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. ST

    Have these people checked their Approval Rating and see where they stand? Do they think they are there without any reason? I also wonder who are 9% who still support them? Are their family members because they benefit from the do nothing republicans? Don't they have any other important issues to tackle instead of recycling: Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Obamacare and again Fast & Furious, Benghazi, Obamacare and so on and so forth that the time can goby.

    November 14, 2013 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. jinx9to88

    Here we go again, instead of trying to accomplish something good for the average American the GOP pulls more crap out of the air.

    November 14, 2013 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  19. tcaud

    Next to a moral morass, questionable morals look exemplary.

    November 14, 2013 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  20. jinx9to88

    If the three stooges Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld got to keep their jobs then this is a none issue. Congress should really try to improve that 9% approval rating to at least double digits. LMAO! What a bunch of worthless people!

    November 14, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  21. Data Driven

    @Lynda,

    "In other words, when is the line drawn between propoganda and news reporting?"

    CNN makes no distinction.

    November 14, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    A True Conservative

    So he lied under oath....everybody does it....and it's not like he's the nations top law enforcement officer or something....oh....wait......
    *************
    Ok, then if he lied under oath, why did James Sensenbrenner, one of the loudest voices the last time they demanded Holder be removed, recently appear with him at a forum on re-authorizing the Voting Rights Act? Maybe he's privy to something that you are not, and you should take that as a sign to drop it, perhaps?

    November 14, 2013 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Bessy

    These Republicans just get more disgusting every day. Whenever they have nothing else to do they try to impeach somebody. Where were these people when GWB was in office ?

    November 14, 2013 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  24. Warren

    When an AG says, "We need to brainwash people into thinking guns are bad" something is wrong. Keyword-Brainwash.

    Unlike the NRA telling people they are ok and you have the right.....

    November 14, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Have these people checked their Approval Rating and see where they stand?"

    Oh, indeed they have. And from now until 2014 election night, these are the same folks who will insist Mitt Romney is going to take it in a landslide. Well, that and a media which will give us poll after poll after poll telling everyone how unhappy people are with Obamacare.

    It isn't as if CNN alone hasn't saturated the air waves with anti-Obama talking points (not to mention anti-Obamacare talking points). As long as GOPerville has the media in their corner, GOPerville will continue to live in their bubble of anti-Obama blah, blah, blah. Indeed. As I stated, we'll get poll after poll convincing us of how unpopular Obama is.

    What we won't be getting from GOPerville is governance. Of, that they have no ambition.

    Control the media ... yes. Govern ... no.

    November 14, 2013 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
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