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.