"He can't effectively serve the president," Brown said Wednesday on a local Boston-area radio program, "Nightside With Dan Rea," as first reported by the Boston Herald.
Brown is the latest in a growing number of GOP lawmakers calling on the attorney general to step down in the wake of congressional investigations into the ATF’s botched Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
Last week, Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioOvernight Energy: Senate panel clears Tillerson for State Senate panel votes to confirm Tillerson Overnight Defense: Trump nominates Air Force secretary | Senate clears CIA director | Details on first drone strike under Trump MORE said lawmakers had “reached the point of no return” and that Holder had no choice but to leave office.
The House Oversight Committee voted last week along party lines to recommend a contempt citation for the embattled attorney general, claiming he failed to respond to a subpoena for documents related to the Fast and Furious probe. The vote by the House is expected on Thursday.
Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has accused the administration of obstructing the investigation after President Obama asserted executive privilege last week to withhold documents on the DOJ operation.
Democrats, though, accuse the House GOP of using the probe to score political points and embarrass Obama and Holder.
Brown repeated calls for the administration to turn over documents requested by House GOP lawmakers. “There should be a full and fair exchange of information so we can get to the bottom of it,” he said.
The Republican senator is locked in a tight race with Democratic challenger Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenAT&T beefs up lobbying after merger proposal Sanders: I'll work with Trump on trade Poll: Warren could face rocky reelection path MORE, who quickly blasted his stance, saying the attacks on Holder were “all about politics.”
“The Republicans think they’ve got something here, and he’s just trying to see if he can turn up the temperature on it. I think this is why people get disgusted by politics,” she said during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show.”