Time for Attorney General Holder to resign over Fast and Furious gun scandal?
October 12th, 2011
02:16 PM ET

Time for Attorney General Holder to resign over Fast and Furious gun scandal?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It was curious timing for the administration to announce the details of that Iranian terror plot yesterday. The news conveniently took the focus off the growing scandal surrounding Attorney General Eric Holder and the federal gun-running operation, Fast and Furious.

President Obama was reportedly briefed on this supposed terror plot back in June – but the feds chose yesterday to go public with it. When Attorney General Eric Holder was asked about being subpoenaed over Fast and Furious, he abruptly ended his news conference on the terror plot.

But terror plot or not, this story isn't going away.

Congressional investigators have issued a subpoena. They want to get their hands on communications from top Justice Department officials including Attorney General Eric Holder.

The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Republican Darrell Issa of California, says "it's time to know the whole truth."

Issa says holder has made "numerous statements" about the program that have "proven to be untrue." Translation: Holder's lying.

Fast and Furious allowed illegal guns to "walk" from Arizona gun stores into Mexico.

The idea was to track sellers and buyers of guns to the Mexican drug cartels. But, it all went wrong when weapons found at Mexican and American murder scenes were traced back to the program. In fact, two of the guns linked to Fast and Furious were found at the scene of the murder of a border patrol agent.

Holder testified in may that he only found out about the program a few weeks before then. But Republicans point to Justice Department documents that show Holder knew about it much, much earlier.

Here’s my question to you: Is it time for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over the Fast and Furious gun scandal?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

David in Alexandria, Virginia:
Obama's cabinet and staff seemed to be filled with people with their own political and social agendas. EPA, Justice, Energy, and the list goes on. The president would be better served taking this opportunity to clean up his act. Holder has done more than enough to warrant winning the race to the door.

Danny in Sacramento, California:
Get real! In a country where Wall Street robber barons don't go to prison for plunging the global village into the Great Recession, do you really think the U.S. Attorney General is going to take the fall for a little messed-up gun running. It's the old story, isn't it? Either Holder is incompetent or he's lying, and neither of these offenses rises higher than a hill of beans, post Iraq. Rhetorically speaking, how many in George W. Bush’s administration went to the slammer for "bee-essing" us into that misadventure?

Tammie on Facebook:
It’s his watch; Holder is responsible. How does something like that happen and the man in charge is clueless? It should be investigated and Holder fired.

Dan in Pennsylvania:
It's often said that Justice is blind. That ranks right up there with someone claiming to be patriotic to get out of trouble. Perhaps it is time for Holder to resign and be replaced with an attorney general who has better vision.

Kevin in Virginia:
Are we sure that this is really a scandal yet? Couldn't it have been a valiant effort to try to clamp down on the drug war? The fact that weapons were used for various purposes would have been no surprise to Holder & Co. and surely must have been seen as an acceptable risk. The scumbags will get guns from somewhere, so why not put some out there that we can track for the purpose of taking this war on drugs and cartels to the next level?

Yes, he should...right after Cheney goes to jail!

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  1. Pat in Michigan

    No Jack .It is however time for the Koch Brothers to be investigated for doing business with Iran when it is specificaly forbidden by our Govt.
    Oops Jack .Did I just let the cat out of the bag?
    Funny how it happens when the powerful money men get caught red handed that the Attorney General is being investigated because of a F.B.I . screw-up.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:59 pm |
  2. Jayne in NH

    I think we need more information first. Ask 100 people on the street if they have heard of this topic and 99 will say "no." As a side note, it bothers me that Congressman Issa, who not only has a political agenda but has been convicted of a firearms violation, is the lead investigator in the case.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm |
  3. Ken Victoria BC

    Dear Mr Cafferty
    I vote yes. He is responsible for the stupidity in this policy. Next question, please.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  4. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    Can't we wait untl the trial is over and the verdict is in before we send him to the gallows, Republicans not withstanding?

    Our political system is not only disfunctional, but it has become cannibalistic as well.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:06 pm |
  5. Carl

    Jack, it's time for all of these corrupt scum bags to resign, don't you think?

    October 11, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  6. Jerry Driskell

    Absolutely not. That would break up a "matched set" of ...............well you know !
    Blairsville, GA

    October 11, 2011 at 1:08 pm |
  7. Cliff

    Yes he should...right after Cheney goes to jail!

    October 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  8. Jk from Minnesota

    If the Attorney General in the previous Amdinistration wasn't called before Congress for his part in the Iraq war and the Detainee waterboarding – why should this attorney general resign? Looks to me like there are different standards of rules at play based on Party affiliation. And we wonder why Washington is dysfunctional! Hypocrites!!!!!!!!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  9. Dave - Phx

    Absolutely, the whole situation stinks.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  10. Annie, Atlanta

    Why, because some bureaucrat down the line forgot to insert the trackers in these guns? There's a lot of things I don't like about Eric Holder, like not going after Wall Street Banksters or the Bush Cabal, but this isn't up there on my list. But then that's just me.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  11. Time Lord

    AG Holder should have been removed soon after he was installed because he refused to prosecute the high-level war criminals of the Bush regime. It's embarrassing that our allies, like Britain and Spain, have warrants for the arrest of Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld, but Holder and Obama said that these criminals can walk free without worry. It's clear that Obama told Holder not to prosecute, but he was still derelict in his duty.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm |
  12. Frances

    No, he should not resign. Issa should get real. How about investigating all the Republicans crimes. Dick Cheney outing a CIA Agent or his secret oil meetings that resulted in the four dollar a gas prices. How about George, Rummy and Dick ordering torture when they were telling us that "We don't torture" or the illegal war in Iraq. How about the Senator who went AWOL from his Senatorial job and lied to the people that he was "Hiking the Appalachian Trail" when in reality he was looking at his misstress's tan lines in Argentina. And there is so much more that the right wing partisan Issa could investigate that is real.

    October 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  13. Jaime Powell

    Holder should have resigned after he dismissed the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case. Instead it has come to this. Holder has American and Mexican blood on his hands. He has not misled Congress, he has flat out lied. In April 2009, Holder gave a speech in Cuernavaca where he promised increased efforts to control the flow of guns into Mexico. And I quote, "Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner." Instead of slowing the flow of guns, he and the Obama administration hustled thousands of them into the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel. Obama continues to defend Holder. Why in the world isn't anybody questioning why? And why in the world did Kevin O'Reilly, Obama's national security adviser on North American affairs get shipped to the Middle East, right when Congress wanted to talk to him? Emails already tie O'Reilly in this mess up to his neck.
    And why isn't anybody asking Obama what he meant during a March 30 conversation with gun control advocate Sarah Brady when he said, ""I just want you to know that we are working on it," Sarah Brady recalls Obama briefing her on gun control efforts, "We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."

    October 11, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  14. Doug

    Eric would make a good Attorney General for Mexico, but I think he is finished here. Even if Eric Holder wasn't the key architect of the pathetic fast and furious program, he let it go to far. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  15. John from Alabama

    Jack: The Attorney General Eric Holder will not be charged with anything, because he only knew it was a program to stop drugs and arms from entering or leaving across the borders. Now, if Eric Holder was worried all he has to do, is charge a bank or wall street CEO with fraud ,perjury, or breaking some other federal law an his problems are over. I do not see Fast and Furious as a reason to resign, but then maybe the media needs something to fill space or air time. About it, Jack!!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  16. Mel - Houston

    Why should Eric Holder resign. All it shows is that as hard as you might try you just can't know everything. I doubt that this operation had the blessing from Washington. It probably started out as a sting operation where the operatives found out they could make a lot of money in a hurry by selling these weapons to the Mexican drug cartels. These same people that are in charge of gun regulation knew how limited the regulations were on weapon in this country and thought that the risk and reward was worth it. Oops, they got caught. If you can't do the time don't do the crime.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  17. JB from Nashville TN

    Yes, Attorney General Holder and the rest of the clowns in the amateur Obama adminstration should all resign!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  18. Kevin in CA

    Resign ? Irrelevant, we're way beyond that now. It's time for criminal indictments from a special prosecutor – even if it includes the Attorney General.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:12 pm |
  19. Loren

    You mean he should resign for a reason other than his general incompetence?

    October 11, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  20. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    It's time for him to do hard time, if it can be proved that any American citizens were killed or injured by those same guns. Our borders will never be secure because we have incompetant leadership executing poorly thought out plans. Wake up Justice Department, the bad guys are smarter than you.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  21. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack--–Well OVERDUE--he should have never been appointed in the first place!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  22. Rick McDaniel

    While this fiasco is serious, and I fault both the Bush and the Obama administration for stupidity, in regards to this program and its predecessor, I am more concerned about the AG's office being involved in civil rights slush funds. That is simply discriminatory, and should be of the greatest genuine concern, over the other issue.

    There is NO QUESTION, that Holder has been involved in things that are a blight on good government, and there is no question, he should be held accountable for his actions.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
  23. Ron

    Yes. He should resign. He seems to think he is a law maker instead of a law enforcer.
    of course our POTUS thinks he is too. They both want to enforce the laws that suit them.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  24. Jeff in Bishop, Georgia

    Mr. Cafferty, Holder should resign simply because he makes Janet Reno look competent.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  25. Terry in Virginia

    When Mr. Holder became the AG, I thought that finally we'd have indictments and prosecutions of the Wall Street and Big Bank monsters who created our great national economic nightmare. Instead all he's done is obstruct state AGs from going after them and brokering a sweetheart deal for these crooks to avoid further investigation. Now, we hear about Fast and Furious. Mr. Holder should resign because he's starting to remind me of one of his predecessors - John Mitchell, Nixon's disgraced Attorney General.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm |
  26. Nina Fox

    Why should Eric Holder resign when our government has been using these tactics for years. Under the Bush Administration it was called “Operation Wide Receiver”. The strategy never worked. Isn’t it about time we try something new?

    October 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  27. Brad, Portland, OR

    It sounds like they screwed up, had a bad plan, and innocent people died. Of course, George W. Bush did the same thing with Iraq, and Republican-leaning media never called for his resignation.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  28. bob z.

    should there be some kind of jail time for giving guns to the enemy. this obama pres has the most corrupt people working for him.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  29. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    If he is guilty he should resign if he is innocent then he should stay and fight. I think it is that simple.

    October 12, 2011 at 1:57 pm |
  30. bud rupert

    If he's broken any laws then yes. If it turns out that it was a failed strategy – without beaking any laws then maybe not. If it turns out that it was a plan invoked by the former administration but kept in place and failed – then NO. Like Jack Kennedy said: Success has a thousand fathers but defeat is an orphan

    October 12, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  31. Pat in Michigan

    It is funny that the one person who holds the highestlaw enforcement ofice in the nation is not afforded the same rights that a common street pusher is given. the right to a trial by his peers.
    Are the accusations leveled at him backed by proof?
    Who is calling for his ouster?Is it the Koch brothers?You remember the Koch brothers .They are the guys doing business with Iran in violation of our laws.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:04 pm |
  32. Tom Bulger, Canandaigua, NY

    What has this got to do with jobs? Voters were tricked into giving Republicans another chance at government when Boehner swore the GOP had learned its lesson and was hereafter going to focus on jobs.

    This sting screw up can not be called a scandal. When Republican Senator Brown filibusters to prevent bringing Wall Street to account, that's a scandal. When Republicans filibuster the jobs bill while millions are unemployed and our infrastructure is falling apart, that is a scandal. When Republicans boo an active duty serviceman who identifies himself as gay, that is a mortifying disgrace. This guns distraction is a political play book red herring, no scandal.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:11 pm |
  33. Patsy, Texas

    Sure, Jack, as soon as everybody who is still in Washington and was involved in Bush's "Wide Receiver" program
    resigns. I'm fed up with these worthless Republican's and their "destroy at any cost" tactics. Issa is one of the worst
    hypocrits of the bunch, and there are plenty of them. It is a sad thing when deaths are caused by bad ideas, but
    they should at least be consistent in their outrage, and start living up to the demands they make of others, and at the
    very least accept responsibility for their own guilt by participation.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  34. Gary in Scottsdale

    If America's chief law enforcement office (Holder) doesn't know about a government plan to provide 2000 guns to the bad guys he's not working with a full deck. Should he resign? YES. Will he resign? NO. Will Obama fire him? NO. The wagons are being circled.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    October 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  35. Al

    Jack, you would not want to be evaluated along a single dimension and you should not expect Americans to evaluate Eric Holder in terms of a single issue. Other dimensions include protecting American rights with respect to the DeepWater Horizon oil spill, failure to indict financial fraud perpetrators, policing foreclosures, etc. Then you need to compare his performance across the spectrum of issues to other folks in government. Only by integrating information in terms of multiple issues and soundly comparing to other public servants is it possible to form an integrated, balanced opinion. Jack you deserve more than a sound bite if CNN expects you to present sound positions on issues like this.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  36. ken, atlantic city, nj

    yes it is. He is a corporate lackey that has done nothing to remove the 16 million illegal aliens who are taking jobs from americans and draining our state budgets with free health care and education.Mexican drug cartels now control drugs in most of the major cities throughout america thanks to holder. Holder is being subpeaned for lying to congress about fast and furious and now he sends up a smoke screen about some phoney assassination attempt to take the heat off himself. 19 of the 9/11 hijackers were saudis, and saudi arabia is a major funding source for al qaeda but yet we continue to occupy iraq which had nothing to do with 9/11 and neither did iran.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  37. Walter

    Even if he does, this will be on the front burner for a long time.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  38. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    Eric Holder should resign but not necessarily over this issue. the guy is the biggest COWARD in the history of Attorney Generals. where was the prosecution of Wall Street's criminal fraud ? how about the Koch Brothers international bribery and illegal dealings with Iran? and NO investigation of the current Republican Governors and State Legislators voter suppression scams?

    Obama needs to get rid of Holder and bring in Eliot Spitzer. HE has demonstrated he's NOT afraid go after the criminals just like he did as New York State AG.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  39. Alan

    Why is Republican Darrell Issa so upset with this? Don't republicans favor gun rights with no limitations? Why not just throw boxes of weapons out on the borders for anyone who wants them. Second amendment, yada yada yada. And if Republicans "want the truth" on this issue, how about getting to the truth on who outed Valerie Plame, weapons of mass destruction et al. Funny how indignant the right wing gets on "scandals" of the other party, but are pretty blase about it when they are in power. Leave Holder Alone or put Dick Cheney back in charge to see a real Fast and Furious affair.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
  40. Mike in Minneapolis

    It sounds to me like the right is demanding stricter gun control. If there was no middle man in this sting and the gun shop owners sold directly to people they suspected might be involved with Mexican drug cartels, there would be no issue and no investigation.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  41. Pete in Georgia

    This is only the tip of an iceberg the size of Illinois from an administration dedicated to complete deception.
    There are two completely different Obama administrations, one visible............totally aided by and in lock step with a liberal national media; and a completely invisible administration which thrives on deception and misguided lunatic policies which is well on it's way to ruining a once great country.
    This is why 70% of America can't wait till November 2012.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  42. John Blythe

    I'm going to have to say yes Jack, it is time for Holder to go. Next to that little weasel Alberto Gonzalez, Holder is certainly becoming the next runner up as just another ignorant attorney general. He ignored the Black Panther investigation and wanted to set a trial in New York for the 9/11 conspirators and this latest episode over "Fast and Furious" is the icing on the cake as far as I'm concerned. So he's okay with sending weapons to Mexico that have killed people, but when Arizona passes a law to protect its citizens from criminal illegal aliens, he sues the state. He's quite a hypocrite!
    John in Los Angeles

    October 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  43. Kim , Dodge City, Kansas

    The government runs a sting operation like the Three Stooges. If they feel so compelled to name their haphazard operations after B movie titles, then they should have chosen "Dumb & Dumber". All those who planned, approved, allocated taxpayers dollars, and participated in something that caused loss of life to American law enforcement officers, should be doing 20-30 years in federal prison for reckless endangerment.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  44. Lori - PA


    Does Holder realize that no one believes he didn't know anything about "Fast and Furious" until the border patrol agent was murdered? Everyone that was invloved in "Fast and Furious" should be fired if they haven't resigned.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm |
  45. Janne from NC

    He needs to go !. His excuse is he got the memo but didn't read it. I guess if he wasn't so busy wasting time suing States that are trying to enforce some sort of immigration policy he might have a little more time to read his interoffice memos.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
  46. Bill of New Mexico

    Tons of guns were allowed to go into the hands of Mexican Drug Lords:

    Drug Lords:
    1) Who kill American citizens.
    2) Who kill Border Patrol agents.
    3) Who behead people.
    4) Who have destroyed law and order in Northern Mexico.
    5) Who smuggle into America hundreds of tons of drugs each year.
    6) Who smuggle illegal aliens into America's deserts–not caring if they die of thirst.
    7) Who are beyond the control of the Mexican governments.
    8) Who are so very powerful, their corruption and actions are beyond belief!

    Time for Holder's resignation as well as others.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  47. David in TX

    No Jack I don't think so, this seems to be yet another GOP attack on the Obama administration. Where were all these voices when no WMD were found in Iraq?

    October 12, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  48. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    The buck stops at the top of the organization and yes he should resign but he won't as in his mind, he's not guilty of anything.

    October 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
  49. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Wasn't Darrell Issa involved in something a while back? Hmmmmmm!

    October 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  50. Steve

    I'm giving him a pass this time...must have been busy finding that assassin from Iran!

    October 12, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  51. Doug

    So Holder gets in trouble, what does he do? He goes out and arrest, Captain Kangaroo. Doug. Pepperell, MA.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
  52. Kevin from VA

    Are we sure that this is really a scandal yet? Couldn't it have been a valiant effort to try to clamp down on the drug war? The fact that weapons were used for various purposes would have been no surprise to Holder & Co. and surely must have been seen as an acceptable risk. The scumbags will get guns from somewhere, so why not put some out there that we can track for the purpose of taking this war on drugs and cartels to the next level?

    October 12, 2011 at 3:25 pm |
  53. Scott from Bellingham

    I hope Holder mysteriously does not disappear, rather I hope he endure trials and that all the lurid facts come out, and every one involved be exposed and prosecuted to the extent the law provides. Accomplice to murder, lying, and "coverup", are crimes punishable of imprisonment. Everyone in the "White House Clique" is under suspicion here.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  54. Steve, Clifton, VA

    Slow your roll Jack....Mr. Holder has quite a ways to go before we start talking resignations. After all Mr. Holders predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, mislead the country on numerous and multiple issues like torture, and wars of choice. I think that it's more important to ascertain who started this knucklehead program in the first place.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  55. Reggie

    I think he should resign because he knew what was going on and he should have done something to prevent the terrible tragedies that have occurred under this Fast and Furious operation. It seems that when a democratic government official does anything wrong, they do not want to resign but if it had been a republican you would hear them asking that person to resign. Its a double standard here and it has to stop. What's good for the goose is good for the gander. He has to go and if he respected his office and his position he would be doing the right thing by resigning.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  56. Scott from Bellingham

    The large number of Americans on one or more of the categories of Public Assistance are parts and parcels of the American Dream. The remainder of Americans are also parts and parcels of the American Dream.

    The aggregate is the American Dream.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  57. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    I suspect that mistakes and response are staff driven – probably even below the level of political staff. Unless he was personally involved with this mess, he should not resign.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm |
  58. Barry Sullivan

    To protect Holder the mainstream media largely ignored this story. His career was more important than the hundreds who died because of this. After all they're the little people. We live in the era of Narcissus and damn those few eggs we break for our omelet.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  59. Jim, Cranford NJ

    The perfume flowing from the successful disruption of the assassination plot will not mask the stench coming from the Fast and Furiuos debacle. Time for Mr. Holder to step out front and take the political hit for this one, up to and including his resignation, before it becomes a drag on a vulnerable president seeking reelection.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  60. Paulette in Dallas

    Holder has always had a bad attitude. He needs to resign to show that he does have some ethics. Walk away with atleast Dome dignity.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
  61. Tom in Desoto, TX

    Does anyone want to know facts or is knee jerk reactions good enough? Investigative journalism? That seems long gone. If that was the case, Nixon would have been out much sooner. Let's just go with the headlines, no one cares about facts anyway. It seems there's more "investigative journalism" about the Kardashians than in politics.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  62. Mr. D

    The saying goes: "timing is everything." Holder's credibility just dropped a few more notches with the Iran announcement yesterday. I guess it was just the right time to inform all of us of another plot against the country. Too bad we all were waiting for an announcement about Holder stepping down.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  63. Randy

    No. I quite enjoy the phony frenzies the media and their military industrial complex buddies in government whip up to distract the masses. I've noticed that mr. Issa (head of the government oversight committee) doesn't have the time to investigate why the government dropped their "oversight" duties involving the banks' 5 trillion dollar heist. Probably has something to do with his status as the richest member of congress with a net worth of 300 million dollars.

    October 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
  64. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Resign over what? All there is now to base any decision on are assumptions, which is in part what is wrong with this society, we continue to judge and assume based on an emotion not pure facts.

    Let's wait and see what develops before we worry about his resignation.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm |
  65. Kevin from Yorktown, VA (Included city this time)

    Are we sure that this is really a scandal yet? Couldn't it have been a valiant effort to try to clamp down on the drug war? The fact that weapons were used for various purposes would have been no surprise to Holder & Co. and surely must have been seen as an acceptable risk. The scumbags will get guns from somewhere, so why not put some out there that we can track for the purpose of taking this war on drugs and cartels to the next level?

    October 12, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  66. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    It's often said that Justice is blind. That ranks right up there with someone claiming to be patriotic to get out of trouble. Perhaps it is time for Holder to resign and be replaced with an AG who has better vision.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  67. Benjamin/Brazil

    Why stop there, Jack? Based on their stellar track record, the whole administration needs to resign....

    October 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  68. Gigi Oregon

    Much to do about nothing...Did President Bush resign after going to war in the wrong country and over 3,000 troops killed? oops!... What about all those American jobs gone to China, oops!...Who and when did we get into debt with China, opps!...Capitalism vs Christianity...oops!...Let's have some real meat questions, Jack.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
  69. Danny, Sacremento

    Get real! In a country where Wall Street robber barons don't go to prison for plunging the global village into the Great recession, do you really think the U.S. Attorney General is going to take the fall for a little messed-up gun running. It's the old story, isn't it? Either Holder is incompetent or he's lying, and niether of these offenses rises higher than a hill of beans, post Iraq. ... Rhetorically speaking, how many of the George W Bush administration went to the slammer for "bee-essing" us into that misadventure?

    October 12, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
  70. David of Alexandria VA

    Obama's cabinet and staff seemed to be filled with people with their own political and social agendae. EPA, Justice, Energy, and the list goes on. He would be better served taking this opportunity to clean up his act - Holder has done more than enough to warrent winning the race to the door.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  71. Dan in Albuquerque

    I'm not sure, Jack. He is a good man and has been doing some really good work. Do we lose that talent for a mistake that was very costly, but a well-intended and common type of covert practice used often by law enforcement? I'm a little mixed on this one.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:17 pm |
  72. s in fl

    No, Jack. Issa needs to go though. He's as corrupt as they get.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  73. Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    This Fast & Furious scandal is getting me Rapidly Angry, Swiftly Livid and down right Hopping Mad! – not just about this operation but our entire government. I don't know what to believe, who to trust let alone vote for anymore.
    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    October 12, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  74. AB

    The Republicans are on a fishing expedition which will end in embarrasment for them and futility. They will not find any thing criminal on the part of AG Eric Holder or on the part his staff. The real target is President Obama. They are using Holder to get to Obama. This is all politics and notthing more.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  75. Paul From Austin Texas

    Well although i understand what they wanted to do in retorspect the operations should of been call quick and stupid. The guys we are dealing with are sharp and mean to say the lest. What a joke that operation was and turned out to be. All as we did is make the mexican goverment think we really do not know what we are doing by giving guns to the bad guys and in the end we really didn.t even know what we did and caused to happen IE the death of a DEA agent in Mexico. Mexicans are not stupid even though many in the U.S, think so we are the stupid ones for such an operation and need to face the facts of our misguided actions.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:25 pm |
  76. Tony from Southport, NC

    Holder should resign for his incompetency over Fast and Furious but also for his bad judgement in other cases such as not pursuing prosecution of the New Black Panthers for their voter intimidation during the 2008 elections. Holder has been shown to be prejudiced in his decisions, something that if he had been a conservative Attorney General, would have been forced to resign.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  77. Moe

    I have heard that this program was created by the Bush administration, if this is true then not only should Holder be investigated but everyone within the Bush administration that was allegedly involved. Unless this is just a political ploy!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  78. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    Anyone who thinks he was not involved is an idiot. He should not only resign, he should be arrested for conspiracy to smuggle firearms to a foreign entity.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:29 pm |

    Jack, Holder is nothing but a political Hack who is impersonating the top law enforcement agent in the country. And NO, he should not resign now, he should have resigned six months after he took office for NOT prosecuting the Black Panthers who stood outside polling stations with clubs and dared 'white folks' to vote! I would not vote for Obama, but in my opinion, Holder is an out and out criminal!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm |
  80. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    Wasn't the Multi, Mullti, Millionaire Darrell Issa involved in something a while back? Hmmmmmmm!

    October 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  81. Ray in Knoxville

    Why, Jack? Holder's resignation is not going to get the Republicans focused on fixing America's problems. It wasn't too long ago that Republicans were denying that weapons from the United States were involved in Mexican drug violence, now they are blaming Democrats because they are. By the way, if Fast and Furious had actually resulted in Americans being arrested for buying these weapons, Wayne LaPierre would have had his minions in congress raising hell about that.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  82. Sandstone.

    "You're getting harder to trace than the Qaeda, Jack? All over the world the USA is known as Gung-Ho, so I don't un derstand why anybody should care what kind of gun-deals go on. If they wanted another Civil-War in the USA, with all the weapons hidden in underground-bunkers, there would be no trouble at all. Selling weapons to the enemy must be as simple as selling candy on the street. As for Obama?? I don't understand anything about him! Why did you ever elect him at all beats me."

    October 12, 2011 at 4:46 pm |
  83. Mitoosense Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    He should be asked to leave. We don't need any gun control. Especially from Eric Holder. Funny a few months ago Mexico's President Calderone accused America of allowing weapons into Mexico Drug Cartels. Holder denied this as well...

    October 12, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
  84. perry jones

    You could say that his term in office is in a state of foreclosure. But that is ok so is his boss, and give em hell Hank
    perry jones council bluffs ia

    October 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  85. kathy from peoria az

    Are you kidding me? Have you all forgotten about the gun laws in Arizona? There are none! You don't need a license, have to take classes, you can go to a gun show and buy all kinds of automatic weapons. You can have more guns than should be allowed. You can even walk around with semi-automatic guns when the President is in town. You might want to see if some of the sherriffs on our side of the border are on the up and up instead of blaming everyone else. Come to Arizona and buy any kind of gun and any amount of them. It is Arizona's fault for the most lax gun laws in this country.

    October 12, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  86. Jan K. in Asotin,Wa.

    Only if found guilty of wrongdoing. Then we can get somebody who will go after Karl Rove, Koch brothers, Donald Rumsfeld, George W. Bush & Dick Cheney.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
  87. MIark from Voorhees, NJ

    He has disappointed me since Inauguration Day, when he failed to produce arrest warrants for Bush and Cheney before they escaped. As for Darrell Issa, he, like every other Republican has been publically gunning for anyone in this Administration since they took over, and doesn't care about the truth as long as it means Obama is a one term president. Holder should resign, the day after every Republican member of the House and Senate does the same. Not going to happen.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  88. barbara in nc

    I wanted him fired when he refused to prosecute Bush and Cheney. 70% of this country wants to get rid of the Republicans in the House, we may as well send Holder out with the crowd.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  89. Rob in FL

    No Jack, he doesn't need to resign, the next president will replace him.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  90. Ed from California

    Jack, this is all on Arizona, Texas who still thinks it's still the wild,wild west. Anyone who lives in AZ can by a gun, anyone, and I believe Texas is the same way(never lived in Texas). And you can can any kind of gun you like too. Arizona/Texas is the poster-child of the NRA, Colt, Smith & Wesson, Winchester, Remington any and all American Gun manufacturers(we need the jobs). The Cartels set-up shop in AZ for a reason, it's not for the Grand Canyon either. No, Eric Holder shouldn't be held responsible. It should be, Jan Brewer, McCain, Kyle and all the Kochplicans who give (in) and take from the Gun Lobby. It's so nice to see America for sale isn't it? Don't you watch, Boarder Wars?

    October 12, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  91. barbara in nc

    More than a week after Bloomberg’s investigation found Koch Industries profited from doing business with Iran, House Republican Leadership has responded with silence.

    Maybe Issa needs to go TOO!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  92. Mike S

    It's time for Holder to be prosecuted for violating US firearm laws. The law is not above the law.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  93. Rich McKinney, Texas

    I don't think Holder has a thing to worry about. First off any investigation conducted by Washington is bounnd to be inacurate. On top of that no one in Washington will be able to agree on what to do about it. After all those people killed over weapons of mass destruction that never existed and politicians that did not pay their taxes and their only punishment was to be sanctioned i don't think Holder has a thing to fear.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  94. Clyde Houle

    Did Cheney from the previous administration resign after he outed a CIA agent?

    October 12, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  95. Edward

    Eric Holder should not be allowed to resign. He should stay in office and if it is proven he knew about the program he should be arrested and brought to trial and held accountable for trhe whole mess.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  96. Geoffrey in Carlisle Pa

    Jack, The quote of the decade should be "It's not the crime that will get ya, it's the lying about it that will do you in". Just ask the likes of Scooter Libby. Yes he should resign if the evidence reasonably shows he lied.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  97. Tammy

    No. It's time for the people in Congress to resign who put this issue above the more urgent matters facing Americans.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  98. Danny

    You neglected to say that the motivation for starting Fast & Furious was to increase gun violence as a pretext to enacting laws restricting the ownership of firearms. Just more cynical crap from these statists. This is the same guy that instigated the pardon of the FALN terrorists – remember the bombing at Fraunces Tavern?

    October 12, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  99. lynnej in nc

    Resign for what?

    This is just another red herring to not focus on jobs. They're trying to get a so-called political scandal going for the incoming election year.

    And let us all be trufthful, Issa isn't clean either. In fact, none of them are which is why the country is the way it is...teetering on the edge of a cliff.

    And for what? Because the President of the United States happens to be a black man as well as the Attorney General Holder. Get over it people and get to something that matters, like JOBS and Healthcare.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  100. Chris from New York

    Resign? No jack it's time for Obama to grow a pair and cut him loose. Then I would like to see him face some charges. Maybe do some hard federal time. After all people did lose their lives do to Holder putting guns in the hands of murders.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  101. Poi

    Does it even matter if the border patrol officer was killed by one of the guns traces back to "fast and furious," so your telling the Mexican drugs dealers who killed the officer would of been throwing rocks at him if not for the program? That's redicuous... Let's have some common sense, even though the opperation was a failure try not so hard to make connections to the matter, as though the drug dealers could of not gotten guns elswhere...

    October 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  102. Pete , NJ

    It is past time for Holder to go. If he didn't know about Fast & Furious, then he is incompetent, or ignorant, both disqualify him as a leader of the justice department. Regardless of the outcome, he is an albatross around the neck of Obama. The actions of his department resulted in the death of an American lawman. The buck stops with Obama, unless Holder is fired. It will impact the 2012 election. Man up Mr. President. Holder has to go.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  103. COLLIN


    yes, and then Obama needs to resign and both should be put on trial

    October 12, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  104. Patrick- North Attleboro, MA

    No, he shouldn't resign. Law enforcement officers shouldn't have to be constantly worrying about the political repercussions of trying to do their job.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  105. mbm

    The question isn't so much should AG Holder resign as it is how deeply the cartels have penetrated our government. We know the corruption goes higher than border agents who are bribed to let shipments through, but we don't know how much higher. Limiting the inquiry on 'fast and furious' to what Holder knew and when he knew it is a clever way to limit the scope of the inquiry.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  106. RickFromDetroit

    It is time for the entire right wing Obama regime to resign so we get a Democrat on the 2012 Ticket.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  107. Brad in Brooklyn

    No, Jack, he should not resign. Alberto Gonzalez signed off human rights violations and was not forced to resign. Also, whenever Gonzalez was grilled by congress, he conveniently displayed a memory worse than Ronald Reagan's (and that's saying something.) He basically got away with lying to congress, or at least obstructing a congressional investigation. Yet he was allowed to continue as AG

    October 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  108. Nancy Coleman

    Wow! You ask, "Should Attorney General Holder resign?" Here goes the media again! Tried & convicted by the media already! I love your coverage, but as a great media station, it should just be that and not a try to manipulate public opinion! Shame on you, CNN!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  109. nick from jersey

    i say yes he should resign,for lying,and also for this dumb program that may have killed dozens of mexicans.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  110. Carl

    I find it interesting that an anti-gun politician such as Eric Holder would show so little respect for America's gun laws. If Holder had followed the same laws as the average citizen, an agent of the United States would still be alive. Gun owners are generally safe, law abiding citizens. It is too bad members of our current administration are not.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  111. Dale

    Atty. Gen. Eric Holder he knew about this from day one and signed his approval this shows how incompetent he is, he has a large staff one of them would have given him the heads up on this, he lied plain and simple he needs to resign.

    Dale N.M.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  112. marybeth, massachusetts


    Maybe this time you'll post this message.

    I don't think the whole story is out yet, and there's something fishy about all of the hoopla, when nary an eyebrow was raised over Bush's AG's bungling of the Valerie Plame affair, of the nonexistent WMD, and more.

    Issa is a hypocrite; he turns a blind eye to the sheninagans of his own party, but howls with indignation at the whiff of anything amiss when it is the other party.

    This is nothing more than poltics as usual, and sleight of hand too. I think the politicans think that the majority of Americans are stupid clods without two brain cells to rub together and that this flap over Holder will distract us from the real problems–jobs, jobs, jobs, the economy, jobs, jobs, and jobs.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  113. Jack - Lancaster, Ohio

    Mr. Cafferty:

    Resign? Shouldn't he turn himself in ?

    October 12, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  114. Michael in Albuquerque, NM

    Holder should resign because he LIED. Then Obama should drive out in his campaign bus and throw Holder under it.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  115. steve - virginia beach

    It was time for Hol;der to resign a long time ago. Now it's time for an independent prosecutor to conduct a crimminal investigation.

    October 12, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  116. mario

    investigate bush cheney frst

    October 12, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
  117. Republican Darryl Issa is just on a political WITCH HUNT

    Did GW Bush and Dick Cheney resign over nonexistent WMD's and for lying to the American people by starting 2 unjust wars that they couldn't pay for?

    Republican Darryl Issa is just getting his diaper all tied up in a bunch with this political witch hunt....or maybe Jack, you can borrow him your diapers when all of his got busted!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:48 pm |
  118. Republican Darryl Issa is just on a political WITCH HUNT

    Republican Darryl Issa need to stop this political witch hunt and start investigating the Koch Brothers for criminally profiting from doing business with Iran....and using this Iran "overseas money" to fund US political campaigns!!!

    October 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm |