Monday, December 19, 2011

Holder Cites Racism as Motivator for Calls to Step Down

(Newsroom America) -- In an interview published over the weekend, Attorney General Eric Holder insinuated that mounting calls for him to resign following growing revelations about an AFT gun-running scandal were motivated by racism.

Holder blamed an unspecified faction, which he termed the "more extreme segment," as largely responsible for seeking his ouster because of his skin color, The Daily Caller reported on its Web site Monday.

"This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him," Holder told The New York Times. "Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American."

Neither the Justice Department, which Holder manages, or the White House responded to requests from TDC regarding Holder's comments.

Calls for Holder to resign are growing following revelations that he may not have been as forthcoming as possible regarding what and when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms operation that allowed thousands of guns to "walk" into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

So far, 62 lawmakers, along with every major Republican presidential contender and a pair of sitting governors have called on Holder to resign, especially in the wake of information that at least some of the guns tied to the operation may have been used during a shootout in which Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed. Seventy-five other congressman have signed onto a vote of no confidence in Holder as attorney general.

TDC reported that at least 300 people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons, though their identities weren't immediately known.

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