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F&F: White House calls investigation 'purely political

In this photo taken July 14, 2011, white robes with Maltese crosses, guns, munitions and Templar Knights paraphernalia are shown to the press when a training camp was discovered. (AP Photo)

Here's the latest from the Obama White House (via Politico), responding to the ongoing Fast & Furious investigation and the pending contempt charges for Attorney General Eric Holder:

"With millions of Americans still struggling to pay the bills, Republicans announced at the beginning of this year that one of their top priorities was to investigate the Administration and damage the President politically. We are ten days away from the expiration of federal transportation funding which guarantees jobs for almost a million construction workers because Congress hasn't passed a transportation bill. We are eleven days away from nearly seven and a half million students seeing their loan rates double because Congress hasn't acted to stop it. But instead of creating jobs or strengthening the middle-class, Congressional Republicans are spending their time on a politically-motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition.

The problem of gunwalking was a field-driven tactic that dated back to the previous Administration, and it was this Administration's Attorney General who ended it. In fact, the Justice Department has spent the past fourteen months accommodating Congressional investigators, producing 7,600 pages of documents, and testifying at eleven Congressional hearings. Yet, Republicans insist on moving forward with an effort that Republicans and objective legal experts have noted is purely political.

Given the economic challenges facing the country, we believe that House Republicans should work with the rest of Congress and the President to create more jobs, not more political theater."

Move along, nothing to see here folks!

But Republicans on Capitol Hill aren't the only group demanding accountability from the Obama administration and responsibility from Holder. The National Border Patrol Council, an organization which represents all 17,000 of the agency's non-supervisory agents, called for Holder's resignation yesterday. Council President and 25-year Border Patrol veteran George E. McCubbin III  described Holder’s actions in the case as “a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country,” adding that the attorney general has shown “an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.”

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