Eric Holder Lashes Out at Daily Caller Reporter

Attorney General Eric Holder points to a Daily Caller reporter during an exchange Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2001. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Attorney General Eric Holder lashed out at a reporter Tuesday for asking about growing calls for his resignation for his connection to the botched Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, telling him to stop “this.”

Holder, who admitted during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month that the operation was “flawed,” accused the Daily Caller reporter of being “behind” calls for him to step down.

“You guys need to — you guys need to stop this. There’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it,” Holder said.

According to the Daily Caller, a reporter with the online news organization had approached the attorney general after a speech to ask about “the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation.” Holder spoke “sternly” to the reporter, then walked away without answering the question.

But the left-leaning organization Media Matters defended Holder’s exchange with the Daily Caller, saying he was right in asserting that it’s the news organization calling for his resignation:

“Holder is right: This isn’t a grassroots movement of conservatives calling for Holder to step down, it’s a concerted effort by a supposed media organization to push him out.

The Daily Caller has extensively covered the fall out from Operation Fast and Furious, including those who say Holder should resign. A search of the organization’s site with the words “Eric Holder” and “resign” returns 89 articles from the past month alone.

By the Daily Caller’s count, one senator, 52 congressmen, three presidential candidates and two sitting governors have said the attorney general needs to leave office.