Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarThe 27 Republicans who voted with Democrats to block Trump from taking military action against Iran Conservatives ask Barr to lay out Trump's rationale for census question House sends Trump border aid bill after Pelosi caves to pressure from moderates MORE (R-Ariz.) on Thursday argued that outgoing Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The old 'state rights' and the new state power The Hill's Morning Report — Harris brings her A game to Miami debate MORE's legacy heading the Justice Department was tainted by controversy.

Many other Republicans took the opportunity to slam Holder's tenure as soon as news of his resignation broke. Gosar argued such a reaction was a sign of Holder's divisive and controversial decisions.


"It's a sad day when America rejoices about the news that the Attorney General of the United States is set to resign," Gosar said. "His place in history will be marked by shameful violations of the rule of law and despicable circumvention of the Constitution."

"From the death of Brian Terry in the Fast and Furious gun running operation, to spying on journalist James Rosen, to tapping the phone records of the Associated Press, and most recently the unconstitutional Bergdahl prisoner exchange as well as the IRS scandal, there is no question that Eric Holder leaves behind a legacy of lawlessness, incompetence and hyper partisanship," Gosar added.

The Arizona Republican urged President Obama to nominate a new attorney general who is not a "partisan hack."

"The American people and U.S. Senate must ensure his replacement is a strict constitutionalist and not a partisan hack," Gosar said.

Reaction to Holder's announcement fell along party lines. Rep. Gwen MooreGwen Sophia MooreHouse approves bill raising minimum wage to per hour Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question MORE (D-Wis.) praised Holder's decisions regarding same-sex marriage and voting rights.

"The resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder is a great loss for our country," Moore said. "As the first African-American to serve as Attorney General, his honorable legacy of justice is nothing less than historic."