Repeat. These are just rumors and speculations, and internet rumors seldom pan out (but they’re so much fun!)
More cold water (before I even start) –Holder, in Thursday’s hearing, did say: “I have no intention of resigning”…
But we all know he lies. So-
Sipsey Street Irregulars, earlier today…
Noting this is what cynical DC insiders say “just before they throw you under the bus”:
While House Republicans gear up to grill Attorney General Eric Holder about what-he-knew-when about ATF’s botched Operation Fast and Furious at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, the White House is signaling they’re standing by the nation’s top law enforcement officer. “As the President has made clear, he believes Eric Holder is an excellent Attorney General who has his full confidence,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz said in a statement to TPM on Wednesday.
On Capitol Hill Wednesday, Sipsey Street can report that these rumors swirled:
1. Holder would resign that day to avoid the hearing;
Okay, we can already discount that one.
2. Holder would hold out until the traditional bad news day of Friday to cash in with a “voluntary resignation” that had been demanded by an increasingly nervous White House;
3. Breuer would leave instead of Holder to see if they could save the AG;
4. Holder would desperately cling to his office while firing Breuer;
5. And, last night, that the White House would cling to Holder at Justice because they need him there to maintain the fiction that they still control events because: a. They rest of the rats would desert the Titanic if they thought it was a “save yourselves” moment — that is, that Holder leaving would be a breaking-of-the-dam moment and the entire truth would flood out as conspirators sought their own deals; or, b. Obama is incapable of admitting error and Holder is being kept on board despite the best contrary political advice (and some of this from high roller donors) that he is getting to try to stanch the bleeding with the re-election coming up. Another source said of Obama’s reported pledge to Holder: “Yeah, right. That’s what they say just before they throw you under the bus.” It is important, the source noted, that the denial did not come from White House press secretary Jay Carney, but rather from scandal deflection expert Schultz. “If they meant it,” he said, “Carney would have said it.”
Sipsey also has this:
Wouldn’t be surprised, now that Issa dropped the tactical nuke of more emails “turned over last evening” n(meaning that somebody else has rolled — either Breuer or Weinstein — that Holder’s resignation “for the good of the administration to avoid further distraction will be announced late tomorrow.
Bob McCarty, too: Rumor Mill: Eric Holder to Resign Friday:
This tidbit came in this morning from a well-connected friend, and I wanted to put in on the record just in case it comes true:
“Just heard from a little bird who lives with in the Washington D. C. beltway… Attorney General Holder is going to resign, perhaps by this Friday.”
White House Insider had this to say about Holder on November 30.
And let me say something else on this. Might seem to be stating the obvious to you here but I want to say it anyways. Eric Holder is about the most corrupt and…sinister – he’s the most sinister Attorney General this country has seen. Dangerous. He’s gone off the reservation all on his own from time to time. I used to believe everything came through certain people, or a certain person. But Holder has been running his own game on a lot of this stuff. He’ll be forced out and then…the-the…and then the American people are gonna start to hear what was going on at Justice. It won’t come out all at once. They are working to cover those tracks as we speak – but too many got the goods now. It’ll come out in drips and drabs. They’ll try to minimize the damage for ’12. It won’t work. Not entirely. We are seeing to that. That’s what they are bumping into right now you see. The political liability that Holder has become. Back in 2010, they thought they could ride it out. Delay. Bury it. Move one. And they have been somewhat successful, but the information is getting out, and enough in Congress know they have to act on it or get their own fingers caught up in the machine. That was seen during the Senate hearing – but that hearing was intended to set up for Judiciary coming up. And after that…we got the foundation in place to force out a United States Attorney General. I wasn’t privy to all of that until just recently. Suspected it. Had it figured. Now it’s been confirmed. What we are waiting on with this now is the on-the-record condemnation of Eric Holder from Democrats. We have it off the record – but now we need it to go public. Then the endgame is there. This part of the plan is nearly done.
AWR Hawkins at Big Government: Impeachment isn’t Enough – Holder Needs to be Handcuffed:
Holder replied by asking, “Have you no shame?” And Issa countered with, “Have YOU no shame?”
This is a teachable moment folks: Holder has grown so accustomed to the success of his own hypocrisy that he took offense to being called out on the carpet. He took offense to being compared to Mitchell when the truth is, Mitchell’s family should be offended that one of their own was compared to Holder.
At another point, when Holder defended his handling of the matter by saying the DOJ had provided an “unprecedented” amount of information to Congress already, Issa went into smackdown mode: “Unprecedented would be an attorney general who knew nothing about something where his own present chief of staff was intimately familiar.” (Issa’s comments were referencing Gary Grindler, Holder’s current chief of staff who, as an Acting Deputy Attorney General attended a briefing on Fast and Furious in March 2010.)
As for Sensenbrenner, he came across as a Congressman determined to get to the bottom of this mess. It was he who warned that Holder could face impeachment if he didn’t come clean.
With all respect to Sensenbrenner, I think we’re past impeachment. It’s jail time. Holder does not deserve to be in the society of free people.
A call from Rep Gowdy for Holder to resign “now”, via the Daily Caller:
South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy told Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer on Friday morning that Attorney General Eric Holder “needs to go now.”
Gowdy, who has been intimately involved with the House oversight committee investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, became the 54th congressman to demand Holder’s resignation. Gowdy adds that he backs Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner’s suggestion “100 percent” that impeachment proceedings may be necessary to remove the attorney general from office.
Hemmer asked if the oversight committee has the power to impeach Holder. Gowdy responded, “Absolutely.”
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