Houston Chronicle: TexMessage: Bill Flores demands resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder, intelligence official James Clapper08/13/13
Texas Rep. Bill Flores has again decided it’s time for Attorney General Eric Holder to leave Washington.
From Holder’s “lack of enforcement” of Defense of Marriage Act and federal immigration laws to his “lack of cooperation” in the Operation Fast and Furious investigation, the Texas lawmaker said Holder has eroded public trust in his leadership.
In a letter to President Obama Friday, Flores demanded the resignations of both Holder and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for their “lack of honesty and poor commitment to the protection of the Constitution.”
Clapper, who told a Congressional panel in March that he was not aware of any public information collection for security purposes, has also come under fire since the NSA surveillance programs were leaked. Flores claimed that because Clapper knowingly permitted the misuse of powers, his leadership is “distrustful and compromised.”
“I remain extremely concerned about their honesty, leadership and commitment to protecting our Constitutionally guaranteed liberties,” Flores, the assistant whip, said in a statement.
Flores also called for Holder to resign in fall 2011, after he deflected questions during a House probe of the federal weapons operation Fast and Furious, which was linked to the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
A chorus of other lawmakers, including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., have called on Holder to resign, as well as Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.
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