John Cornyn's (Weird) Call For Eric Holder's Resignation

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June 12 2012 2:09 PM

John Cornyn's (Weird) Call For Eric Holder's Resignation

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US Sen John Cornyn, R-TX, is interviewed after leaving the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC after the morning session March 27, 2012. The US Supreme Court Tuesday took up the most contentious part of President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform, hearing arguments on whether it is constitutional to require Americans to buy insurance coverage. The second day of an unprecedented three days of arguments into the Affordable Care Act, derided by opponents as 'Obamacare' but hailed by supporters as a major achievement, has focused national attention on what could be a decisive issue in the 2012 presidential elections. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER

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Texas Republican John Cornyn, who in 2007 said disgraced Bush administration Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was "another casualty of the hyper-partisan atmosphere in Washington," angrily demanded that Obama AG Eric Holder resign during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“It is more with sorrow than regret and anger that I would say that you leave me no alternative, than to join those who call upon you to resign your office,” said Cornyn, who was one of 21 Republicans to vote against Holder's confirmation in 2009. He cited the government's failed "Fast and Furious" gunwalking operation and Holder's resistance to appointing a special prosecutor to look into the recent leaks of classified national security information, among other gripes.

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“With all due respect, senator, there’s so much that’s factually wrong with the premises that you started your statement with,” replied Holder. “It’s almost breathtaking in its inaccuracy.”

Cornyn later told reporters he had planned on calling for the AG's resignation before the hearing began. Perhaps this gave him a guilty conscience, which would explain why he told Holder they could have a nice chat afterward to work out the details if he liked.

“I’m happy to have a conversation with you about what the facts show but I would stand on the record,” Cornyn said.

Hard to imagine Holder taking him up on that. Check out the video of the heated exchange and the odd turn at the end:

Matt Taylor is a reporter living in Brooklyn. He was the political correspondent for the National Memo and a staff reporter at his hometown newspaper, The East Hampton Star. He's a contributor to Newsweek/The Daily Beast. You can reach him on Twitter @matthewt_ny