Senator John Cornyn, Texas Republican, reamed Attorney General Eric Holder at the Senate Judiciary hearing Tuesday morning. Senator Cornyn called on Mr. Holder to resign following a list of grievances against the AG from the mishandling and stonewalling of documents pertaining to Fast and Furious, the botched ATF gun walking operation, to the recent national security intel leaks.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, California Republican, scheduled a contempt citation vote against AG Holder June 20 in his committee. Mr. Holder asked Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles Grassley, Iowa Republican, if there was a possibility to meet with Mr. Issa, Mr. Grassley and Republican House leadership on his own discuss a way to release Fast and Furious documents without going through contempt proceedings.
“We are prepared to make – I am prepared to make - compromises with regard to the documents that can be made available,” said Attorney General Holder.
“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.
Senator Cornyn was unimpressed with the offer telling reporters later, “Well it’s been a long time since he’s had an opportunity to produce the documents and cooperate and answer questions and he’s refused to do so. I really think it’s too late for him to block this.”
“Obviously, he wants to sit down and try to negotiate himself out of this. The fact of the matter is, the last two years he’s put politics ahead of his job at the Department of Justice and he appears to be just a political arm of the Obama administration and he’s trying to protect them on these leak investigations just as he’s trying to protect himself on the fast and furious gun walking operation,” Cornyn said.