Welcomes Overdue Resignation
of Attorney General Eric Holder
COOK Welcomes Resignation
WASHINGTON – Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) welcomes the resignation
announcement that US Attorney General Eric Holder will step down. Holder has
occupied the office of Attorney General for nearly six years. His tenure has
been marked by scandals, refusal to follow laws passed by Congress, and
unwillingness to investigate wrongdoing in the executive branch.
Under Eric Holder, the Justice
Department oversaw the “Fast and
Furious” operation, where thousands of guns were illegally sold to Mexican drug
cartels. These guns were later linked to numerous murders, including that
of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Holder also trampled on the freedom of
the press by tracking the phone of journalist James Rosen and prohibited law
enforcement officials in Arizona from enforcing state immigration laws.
Early in his tenure, Holder refused
to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation despite
verified accounts of armed members of the party located at polling places.
Holder consistently refused to investigate wrongdoing by members of the
executive branch, most notably State Department officials after Benghazi and
IRS official Lois Lerner after using the IRS to target political opponents.
said, “Eric Holder’s resignation is long overdue. For six years, he’s trampled on the constitutional
separation of powers by single-handedly picking and choosing which federal laws
he would enforce. His partisan tenure has brought dishonor upon the
Office of Attorney General. It’s time for the President to appoint a humble and
truly independent Attorney General who will enforce the law, prosecute
wrongdoing, and be accountable to the American people.
“While Holder has stated he intends
to stay on until a replacement is approved, I urge him to resign immediately. The
Justice Department needs leadership Americans can trust and that can't happen
until Holder has left office.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and
Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired
after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in
combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.