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Coats Calls on Attorney General Holder to Resign


Location: Washington, DC

Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to resign following the Department of Justice's (DOJ) refusal to provide documents to Congress on the failed gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious. On Wednesday, President Obama invoked executive privilege in refusing to release the DOJ documents regarding the operation.

"The American people have lost confidence and trust in the attorney general," said Coats. "Americans deserve answers and an independent attorney general who is honest with the public and puts the country above politics. Unfortunately, that has not been the case with our current chief law enforcement officer who refuses to cooperate with Congress."

"I am also concerned with the attorney general's ability to handle the investigation of recent national security leaks," added Coats, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. "These reckless intelligence leaks require serious attention free from political partisanship. I do not believe the attorney general has the level of support to provide the trusted leadership needed to investigate these damaging national security breaches. It is my belief that Attorney General Holder's resignation is in the best interest of the American people."

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