Congressman Raul Labrador (R- Idaho) has released a press statement from his office on Capitol Hill calling for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over alleged discrepancies in Holder's testimony regarding the botched ATF Operation Fast and Furious.
The press release explicitly accused the Attorney General of failing to tell Congress the truth, and reads in part that:
“The Attorney General of the United States has an obligation to provide truthful and accurate testimony to Congress. When Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress on May 3, his statements were either untrue or deliberately misleading."
The demand for Holder to step down comes on the heels of a Fox News report that Holder received at least five weekly memos on the Operation Fast and Furious program almost a full year before he testified before Congress last May. Attorney General Holder stated at that time under oath: "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."
Yesterday John McCain announced that members of Congress were deciding whether to appoint a special prosecutor to look into Attorney General Holder's role in Operation Fast and Furious. A decision on the special prosecutor will be released within a few days, but McCain has already indicated Congress is "leaning towards" appointing one, according to Newsmax.
Meanwhile, President Obama told reporters earlier today that he retained "complete confidence" in Attorney General Holder and his handling of the Fast and Furious investigation. The White House has responded to Holder's critics that the Attorney General either did not read the memos he was sent, or did not understand the question asked of him by Congress.
You can watch Obama address his confidence in Eric Holder below, courtesy of MSNBC:
A number of ATF officials have been re-assigned or have resigned as a result of the Operation Fast and Furious fallout.
Concerns over Fast and Furious have grown every month since Holder's initial testimony. It is now believed that over 2,000 guns were transferred allowed to "walk" into Mexico with the knowledge and possibly assistance of federal agents as part of a gunrunning operation to help identify and prosecute members of the Mexican drug cartels.
Those guns have been linked to hundreds of violent crimes-- including reports that three weapons from the Fast and Furious program were found at the scene of murdered U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry.