South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has said that he thinks President Barack Obama may end up firing Attorney General Eric Holder before the 2012 election. Gowdy is an outspoken Congressional critic of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, and Gowdy said that he, Rep. Darrell Issa, and others pushing for accountability on Operation Fast and Furious will not stop until they get all the answers. “I think that if he [Obama] believes that the attorney general has become something of an albatross, and is impacting his ability to carry some swing states, Eric Holder will be in the private practice of law quicker than you say Marc Rich,” Gowdy said in an interview with NRA News’ Ginny Simone.
Gowdy’s reference to Rich referred to a presidential pardon Holder orchestrated on President Bill Clinton’s last day in office. At the time Rich, a wealthy commodities trader, was under federal indictment for illegally making oil deals with Iran.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa served Holder a subpoena on Oct. 12, 2011. Holder has thus far failed to comply with all 22 categories of the subpoena that requires him to provide Congress with documents relating to Fast and Furious.
In a recent New York Post editorial, Gowdy wrote, “Congress has a constitutional responsibility to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch, and for more than a year we’ve been attempting to fulfill that with respect to the Justice Department’s ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal.
“Yet Justice — despite repeated requests for documents, multiple appearances before various committees and more than ample time — has failed to answer fundamental questions about this ill-conceived, ill-executed firearms operation.
“So, on Tuesday, I introduced an amendment to cut the department’s General Administration Fund by $1 million; it passed on a voice vote. The cut is aimed at Attorney General Eric Holder and his key lieutenants; if the AG and his staff won’t cooperate with our requests, then they don’t deserve their salaries.”