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House GOP call for Holder to resign picks up steam in June

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A bill introduced in January by Rep. Paul Gosar, Arizona Republican, calling for the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has attracted scores of GOP co-sponsors in recent weeks in the wake of revelations that the Justice Department has tracked the phone records of reporters from the Associated Press and Fox News.

Since the beginning of June, 76 Republicans have signed on as co-sponsors to the resolution — more than half the current total of 132.

The resolution introduced on Jan. 18  “expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress has lost confidence in the Attorney General and calls for his immediate resignation.” It started out with 48 co-sponsors, and a similar resolution Mr. Gosar introduced last year attracted 114.

In January, Mr. Gosar cited the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme as the impetus for the resolution, but told the Hill this week that momentum is picking up because of the AP and Fox News snooping cases.

The House voted 255-67 last year to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to Fast and Furious. Seventeen Democrats voted for the criminal contempt measure, which was followed by a 258-95 civil contempt vote.

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