Cornyn speaks during a 2011 hearing (Charles Dharapak/AP)Sen. John Cornyn on Tuesday revealed exactly where he stands on Eric Holder, publicly calling for the attorney general's resignation during a committee hearing.
"Mr. Attorney General, it's more with sorrow than ... anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office," the Texas Republican told Holder during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. "Americans deserve an attorney general who will be honest with them. They deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability. You have proven time and time again, sadly, that you're unwilling to do so."
Cornyn, who also raised concerns about recent reports of national security leaks, said he hopes President Barack Obama will replace Holder with "someone who is up to that challenge."
Cornyn's unequivocal statements add to the growing chorus of congressional Republicans calling for Holder's resignation.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) announced Monday that the committee will vote June 20 on whether to hold Holder in contempt over his role in Operation Fast and Furious, which involved selling firearms with the hopes of tracking Mexican drug cartels. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) immediately backed the committee's decision to hold the vote.
Holder insisted during Tuesday's hearing—the ninth Congressional hearing at which he has testified—that he has no intention to resign: "I heard the White House press officer say yesterday that the president has absolute confidence in me. I don't have any reason to believe that in fact is not the case."Read More »from Sen. Cornyn joins chorus calling for Eric Holder’s resignation