As of Dec. 23 there were more than 90 Congressmen who either signed onto Rep. Paul Gosnar’s (R-Ariz) “no confidence” (in Holder) resolution or outright believe Holder should resign from office.
To be clear, Gosnar’s “no confidence” resolution all but implies Holder should quit; it just stops short of explicitly saying it.
According to an article in The Daily Caller, Gosar’s “no confidence” resolution alleges that the nation’s top law enforcement official’s actions have proven he is not “competent, trustworthy and beyond reproach,” and that he has sought to “cover up” mistakes rather than cooperate with Congress “in disclosing the events and circumstances and transparently addressing the issues.”
The Daily Caller article goes on to state that, including Gosar, there are 81 members of Congress who have signed the resolution and 60 congressmen who have demanded Holder to resign. Due to the fact that the lists don’t perfectly overlap, there are at least 90 members of the House who don’t approve of Holder’s performance as Attorney General.
Additionally, two U.S. Senators, every top GOP presidential candidate, and two presiding governors have called for Holder’s resignation.
The NRA has also weighed in on the matter (see video). It, too, believes Holder should resign from office or, falling short of that, should be fired by President Obama.
How has the Attorney General responded to the mounting criticism?
In an interview with the NY Times, he stated that the criticism he has fielded on Fast and Furious is not due to gross mismanagement or incompetence but is politically motivated and racially driven.
“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him. Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American,” Holder told the NY Times.