Border Patrol union calls for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's resignationSaid Holder's role in the controversial gun-walking operation was 'A slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country.'
By Diana Washington Valdez
El Paso Times
EL PASO, Texas — The National Border Patrol Council has joined several Republican Party leaders in calling for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over "Operation Fast and Furious."
The council, which also represents 2,100 Border Patrol agents in the El Paso area, said in a statement Monday that Holder's role in the controversial gun-walking operation was "A slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country."
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, also asked for Holder to resign, because of his alleged reluctance to turn over documents to related to the operation to U.S. lawmakers investigating the operation, which ended after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in 2010 and two AK-47's tied to the U.S. operation were found near his body.
"We cannot allow our agents to be sacrificed for no gain and not hold accountable those who approved the ill-conceived "Operation Fast and Furious, said George E. McCubbin III, the council's national president.
Holder, 61, who's served in various positions under Presidents Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama, told lawmakers during a recent hearing that he will not resign.
Holder, however, said that he will turn over more documents as long as they don't jeopardize ongoing investigations.
Law enforcement officers in El Paso had a role in "Operation Fast and Furious," but officials have not released details because of pending investigations.
Weapons tied to the operation also allegedly were linked to the kidnapping and murder of a Chihuahua City lawyer, who was the brother of former Chihuahua state Attorney General Patricia Gonzalez.
The operation that began in 2009 in Arizona allowed more than 2,000 weapons purchased in the United States to cross the border into Mexico. U.S. officials said it was part of an investigation to find high-level gun-traffickers who were arming the drug cartels.
A similar effort called "Operation Wide Receiver" was carried out in 2006-2007, during the Bush administration, which did not result in arrests of high-level weapons smugglers.
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