Debate Club

Should Eric Holder Lose His Job?

Should Eric Holder Lose His Job?

Wednesday, the House of Representatives Oversight Committee subpoenaed the Justice Department in its ongoing investigation of “Operation Fast and Furious,” a sting operation coordinated by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) between 2009 and 2010. The operation, which falls under the jurisdiction of Attorney General Eric Holder, was planned to investigate illegal gun trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border in which guns were sold to straw purchasers with the hope the firearms could be tracked back to Mexican criminal organizations. The operation ended after Brian Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, was killed in a shootout in Arizona during a period when senior ATF officials had ordered that gun smugglers be allowed to pass over the border into Mexico. Since then, guns known to have been sold through the botched operation have been traced back to multiple violent crimes.
The subpoena intensified the conflict between the House Oversight Committee and Attorney General Holder, who testified in May 2011 that he first heard about Operation Fast and Furious “probably a few weeks ago.” Here is the Debate Club’s take on whether or not the Attorney General should lose his job:

The Arguments

207 Pts
Eric Holder Should Resign

Yes – Eric Holder Should Resign

Raúl Labrador U.S. Representative

-149 Pts
Investigation Is Not A Witch Hunt But a Call for More Answers
-178 Pts
Facts Support Mr. Holder's Truthfulness

No – Facts Support Mr. Holder's Truthfulness

Lanny Davis Crisis Management Attorney

-181 Pts
Gun Trafficking Laws Need an Overhaul

No – Gun Trafficking Laws Need an Overhaul

Dennis A. Henigan Acting President of the Brady Campaign

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