The head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee unleashed on Attorney General Eric Holder in a crowd-pleasing speech to CPAC today.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) drew boos from the crowd just with the mention of Holder’s name, and said that his committee vote against Holder’s nomination was “one of the best votes I’ve cast in the U.S. Senate.”
“The Justice Department has been led by an arrogant, incompetent, dangerously ideological, and transparently political attorney general,” Cornyn said, accusing Holder of seeing fit to “twist the law” to achieve President Obama’s political ends.
“The case against Eric Holder could start and end with the botched gun-running operation known as ‘Fast and Furious,'” he said.
Cornyn also charged the attorney general with dropping the ball on voter ID, Guantanamo Bay, defense of DOMA, and releasing interrogation techniques.
“Is this the kind of behavior that would instill confidence in the president of the United States?” Cornyn repeatedly asked, answered each time by a crowd shout of “No!”
The senator also slammed Holder for attempting to try professed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in Manhattan, a plan met with so much backlash that the trial was moved to a military court.
“Playing politics with the war on terror is absolutely unacceptable,” Cornyn said. “…We simply cannot afford a pre-9/11 mentality in our attorney general or our president of the United States.”