Rep. West: AG Holder Should Resign Over 'Fast and Furious'

By Eric Scheiner | July 14, 2011 | 6:43 PM EDT

( - Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he believes Attorney General Eric Holder knew about operation ‘Fast and Furious’ and should resign.

“I think he needs to step down. The president needs to recognize that he (Holder) is failing as the head of the Department of Justice and if the president does not do that, then maybe he’s complicit into what is happening in the Department of Justice,” West said Wednesday. asked West about his call for Holder to resign in regards to House investigations into operation ‘Fast and Furious’.

“I think this is a pattern that we see coming out of the Department of Justice under Eric Holder’s leadership – tutelage - whatever you want to call it. If it is true that the Department of Justice as the Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has said, if they’re being obstructionist to this investigation. An investigation into an incident that led to the death of an United States Border Patrol Agent. Than somebody needs to take responsibility and I think that someone is Eric Holder. Step down,” West said.

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), speaking at the National Day of Prayer, May 5, 2011. ( Starr)

West also referenced past cases Holder has handled, “Look, we saw another travesty of justice with this Black Panther voter intimidation case when all of sudden he decides that’s something he does not want to pursue. His job is about upholding the laws of this country.” asked, “ The House subcommittee that is doing an investigation into this matter – how far up do you think knowledge of this operation goes? I mean, some have actually insinuated that the Obama administration was letting this happen in order to look at further gun regulations.”

“I would find it hard to believe that the upper echelons of the Department of Justice to include Attorney General Eric Holder, did not know about this operation ‘Fast and Furious’.”

Operation Fast and Furious purposefully allowed known ansmugglers to purchase weapons at licensed gun dealers in the United States and then allowed the smugglers to get away with the weapons, in some cases delivering them, as the government expected, to Mexican drug cartels.

Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have testified that they were specifically ordered not to stop the purchases, not to intercept the smugglers after they made the purchases, and not to retrieve the weapons.

On Dec. 14, 2010, two rifles sold to one of the smugglers that the Justice Department had allowed to buy guns turned up at the scene of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

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