Justice Department scandal: Will Obama toss Eric Holder? (+video)
Attorney General Eric Holder has ties to several controversial issues, including the IRS scandal, aggressive probing of journalists, and drone attacks. Republicans and now some on the left are calling for Holder to resign. So far, President Obama is sticking with his man.
President Obama is dipping in public opinion polls, no surprise given the string of scandals – or at least P.R. problems – he’s been having lately.
One of those political problems is his Attorney General, who’s doing even worse in the polls.
Just 25 percent of likely voters have a favorable opinion of Attorney General Eric Holder, while 47 percent view him unfavorably, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll out Friday. Asked if he should resign, a 42 percent plurality says “yes.”
Republicans have been calling for Holder’s head since last year when the “fast and furious” gun-tracking fiasco was revealed, and the more recent secret tracking of journalists’ phone records has revived those calls.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement that Holder "has trampled on the First Amendment and failed in his sworn duty to uphold the Constitution,” and as a result “the president should ask for his immediate resignation.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, and other lawmakers are among those in Congress saying it's time for Holder to go.
But calls for Holder’s resignation are coming from the left as well, and that has to be more troubling to the White House.
“The attorney general has done little in his tenure to protect civil liberties or the free press,” writes George Washington University law professor Jonathon Turley, who describes himself as “neither a Republican nor conservative.”
“Rather, Holder has supervised a comprehensive erosion of privacy rights, press freedom and due process,” Mr. Turley writes in a USA Today column. “I believe Holder should be fired.”
Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive magazine, has called for Holder’s resignation as well.