Holder Should 'Stop Hurting the Administration or Leave,' Issa Says

January 3, 2011 - 5:17 PM

Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010, that the Justice Department has sued the three largest U.S. credit card companies for anti-competitive practices. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder is “guilty” of not investigating ACORN and of failing to go after WikiLeaks, recommending that he “stop hurting the administration or leave.”

On this past Sunday’s edition of “Fox News Sunday,” host Chris Wallace asked Issa, “Over the last two years, you have repeatedly criticized the Justice Department over not investigating the community group ACORN, for scaling back a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party, and for failure to go after WikiLeaks. Question – what do you think of Attorney General Holder?”

Issa, who is expected to become chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, responded, “Well, I think he's guilty of all of those things. He isn't doing enough. Certainly, he – (Holder) didn't do anything about ACORN, and we're going to continue to make sure that we don't have that kind of waste in government.”

Issa continued, “He didn't do anything effectively about the New Black Panthers. (Incoming House Hudiciary Committee) Chairman Lamar Smith, as a civil rights issue, will take that on.”

Wallace later asked Issa if Holder should step down.

Well, I think he needs to realize that, for example, WikiLeaks, if the president says he can't deal with this guy as a terrorist, then he has to be able to deal with him as a criminal, otherwise the world is laughing at -- at this paper tiger we've become,” Issa responded.

“So he's hurting this administration. If you're hurting the administration, either stop hurting the administration or leave.”

Issa called for a “mature, bipartisan” bill in the next Congress to deal with WikiLeaks.

“When it comes to WikiLeaks, at the end of the last Congress we couldn't get a whistleblower bill passed because ultimately the next whistleblower bill has to deal with WikiLeaks and the loss of these classified documents in a mature, bipartisan way. And we're going to do that right off the bat because the kind of transparency we need is not to have somebody outing what is said by diplomats in private,” he said.

“And we need to change that, and that's going to be a big part of our committee's oversight, is to get that right so the diplomats can do their job with confidence and people can talk to our government with confidence,” Issa added.

WikiLeaks is the international Web site which published more than a quarter of a million secret State Department documents at Christmastime.

ACORN, the network of community organizations, has been under fire for more than two years in connection with allegations of voter fraud and financial impropriety.