Embattled Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. refused to say today whether he would consider resigning if a federal probe into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ disastrous “Fast and Furious” operation threatens President Obama’s re-election.
The question was posed to Holder by a Herald reporter at the Seaport World Trade Center, where he delivered a keynote address on the state of civil rights to a packed room of federal prosecutors and local law enforcement. Holder kept on walking and didn’t answer.
In just two days, the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take a historic vote, potentially to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for allegedly refusing to turn over documents about the two-year gun-tracking investigation in Mexico that resulted in the murder of a Border Patrol agent.
Holder’s motorcade pulled up to the World Trade Center just as, mere yards away, Obama’s was leaving the Westin Hotel in the Seaport District for Logan International Airport following last night’s successful Democratic fundraiser at Symphony Hall.
Obama has also stymied Congress’ questions about “Fast and Furious” by exerting executive privilege for the first time in his presidency.
Ortiz, who has known Holder for 30 years, said he is “a person of integrity” who practically “grew up in the Department of Justice.”
“I think the attorney general is handling himself extremely well under the circumstances,” she said.