Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Inhofe told The Daily Caller on Wednesday that he thinks Attorney General Eric Holder should resign over Operation Fast and Furious. Inhofe is the second U.S. senator to call for Holder’s ouster.
Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson called for Holder’s resignation on Tuesday. In addition to Inhofe and Isakson, 52 House members, three presidential candidates and two sitting governors have called for Holder’s immediate resignation over the gun-walking scandal.
The pressure appears to have gotten to Holder. On Tuesday he lost control when TheDC asked what he thought of the surge in calls for his resignation.
“You guys need to — you need to stop this,” Holder said at a White House event. “It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.”
Subsequently, the White House refused to comment when TheDC asked if President Barack Obama plans to hold Holder to the same standard he applied to former attorney general Alberto Gonzales when Obama, then a U,S. Senator, demanded Gonzales’ resignation in 2007.
Inhofe told TheDC he thinks Holder’s reaction is a sign that the Obama administration and Holder have been “caught” doing something wrong and they don’t know how to deal with it other than to attack the messenger.
“Any time someone gets caught doing something like this, if they can [they] blame it on what they consider to be a minority,” Inhofe said. “And they consider the right wing to be minority, even though they’re wrong — if they can do that, they think they can somehow try to transfer the wrongdoing to another party in showing that they have a motivation for this to do things that are not honest.”
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