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March 13, 2012 The Daily Caller, By Matthew Boyle
Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert told The Daily Caller he thinks President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder both owe Mexican President Felipe Calderón a phone call apologizing for Operation Fast and Furious.
“Absolutely, he [Obama] should apologize to Mexico,” Gohmert said in a phone interview Monday. ”But in this case it’s not only the president, but Attorney General Holder should [also] be apologizing.”
“This was on his watch, it was his responsibility,” Gohmert added, “and even though he continues to refuse to take responsibility, Attorney General Holder, obviously he’s not going to do an honorable thing like President Bush’s attorney general — [Alberto] Gonzales — did when he tendered his resignation, and apparently is just going to try to stick it out until the end.”
“So, if he’s going to stick it out until the end and not do the honorable thing, to resign, then the least he can do is apologize to the families of those that his negligence as the Attorney General — the person in charge of Justice — has allowed to happen to their loved ones.”
Neither Obama nor Holder has apologized to the Mexican government, or to the Mexican people, for the deaths of roughly 300 Mexican nationals murdered with weapons the Justice Department sent across the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious. When TheDC asked White House spokesman Eric Schultz why Obama hasn’t made an apology phone call to Calderón, he did not answer.
Similarly, a spokesperson for Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz did not answer whether she thinks Obama should apologize to Calderón. (RELATED: Full coverage of Operation Fast and Furious)
Last week, Gohmert gave a speech on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives criticizing the president for certain apologies he has made and others he has failed to make. “I thought maybe it would be helpful to track exactly what deserves apology and what doesn’t,” Gohmert said during the floor speech.