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Florida Sen. Marco Rubio calls on Attorney General Holder to resign (+video)

A rising Republican star and the lone GOP Hispanic in the US Senate, Marco Rubio says Congress has reached a 'point of no return' with the embattled attorney general.

Senator Marco Rubio speaks at the Monitor Breakfast on June 21, 2012.
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Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida called on US Attorney General Eric Holder to resign Thursday.

Speaking at a Monitor-hosted breakfast, the freshman senator was responding to the Obama administration’s decision Wednesday to claim executive privilege in refusing to hand over Justice Department documents to a congressional committee investigating a failed anti-gun-trafficking operation.

“I think we’ve about reached the point of no return on this issue,” Senator Rubio said Thursday, after replying “yes” to a reporter’s question on whether he believes Mr. Holder should step down. “I think they’ve been given multiple opportunities to answer very legitimate questions that the Congress has.”

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to find Holder in contempt over the refusal to turn over certain documents on Operation Fast and Furious, a move Democrats – including Holder – decried as politically motivated.

The claim of executive privilege by the Obama administration escalated the conflict with committee chairman Darrell Issa (R) of California, who launched an investigation into the Phoenix-based “gun-walking” operation in the spring of 2011.

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