Democrat: Holder Shouldn’t Resign Over ‘Operation Fast and Furious’

By Nicholas Ballasy | July 19, 2011 | 3:29 PM EDT

( – Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform committee, said Attorney General Eric Holder should not resign over “Operation Fast and Furious.”

That operation was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), under the Justice Department, and deliberately allowed guns to be sold and “to walk” into the hands of Mexican criminals and drug cartels. Many of those guns were then used in crimes and two of the guns were found at the scene where U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered in December 2010.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (AP Photo Lauren Victoria Burke)

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) has called on Attorney General Holder to take responsibility for the operation and step down from his office.

On Capitol Hill on July 15, asked Maloney, “Some members of Congress, including Representative Allen West, have called for Eric Holder to resign. Do you think he should resign over ‘Operation Fast and Furious’”?

Rep. Maloney said, “No, I do not. Operation Fast and Furious is under investigation and we’ve had one hearing on it. We intend to have more and more investigations, more interviews and we will go where it takes us.”

“Right now, we heard about these loopholes in the law – law enforcement asked for greater tools so that they could get convictions and try to stop the flow of illegal guns and that’s where we are now,” she said.  “So we will continue our investigation.”