HOUSTON, TX - MAY 03: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center on May 3, 2013 in Houston, Texas. Credit: Getty Images
It's time President Barack Obama asked Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over his unprecedented "willingness to disregard the law," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told Megyn Kelly on Thursday.
The conservative senator said the Department of Justice, and the Obama administration as a whole, has not respected the Bill of Rights in regards to the multiple scandals that have occurred under the administration.
"The conduct of the Justice Department does not inspire confidence," Cruz said, adding that the DOJ's spying on reporters at the Associated Press and Fox News is "unprecedented."
He said it's part of a broader pattern of the Obama administration in "not respecting the Bill of Rights, not respecting the First Amendment, not respecting the Second Amendment, not respecting our Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights regarding drone strikes."
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He also pointed out that Holder initially told Congress that he had nothing to do with the "potential prosecution" of any members of the press, but was later forced to admit that he personally signed the search warrants to obtain Fox News reporter James Rosen's emails.
"I think the attorney general needs to come forward and explain what the truth is and why he told Congress something different," Cruz added.
Further, Cruz said Obama should "absolutely" call for Holder's resignation due to his "willingness to disregard the law." As examples, he brought up the "Fast and Furious" along with the current spying scandals the DOJ is grappling with.
Though Kelly tried to get Cruz to say whether or not he intended to run for president in 2016, he would only say his number one priority right now lies in the U.S. Senate.