Rep. Salmon Statement on Attorney General Holder’s Resignation
Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the below statement following the news that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will resign.
“Eric Holder holds the distinction of being the only Attorney General or cabinet member in the history of our nation to be held in Contempt of Congress. He has actively impeded Congressional oversight of the Justice Department; he has obfuscated, where he has not outright concealed, potentially criminal activities in Department of Justice initiatives, such as operation Fast and Furious; he has violated the First and Fourth Amendments by spying on members of the media, and doing so without a warrant; he has failed to uncover the IRS’ politically motivated intimidation and harassment; and he has steadfastly refused to act on the orders of the House to prosecute individuals in Contempt of Congress.
“General Holder’s resignation should be welcomed by advocates of justice across our nation, and the Senate should seek to confirm a replacement who will exemplify a commitment to upholding justice. I urge them to take action without delay and confirm a sound candidate as soon as possible.”
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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