Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarRepublicans offer 'free market alternative' to paid family leave GOP lawmaker attacks critic as 'a little bitch' on Twitter Overnight Defense: NATO chief urges US to support alliance on its 70th anniversary | Turkey rebuffs Pentagon pressure over Russia deal | Rand Paul, liberals team up to push Trump on Syria withdrawal MORE (R-Ariz.) on Thursday argued that outgoing Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderMeghan McCain to Sunny Hostin on Assange defense: 'Straight propaganda!' Hatch warns 'dangerous' idea of court packing could hurt religious liberty LeBron James: Nipsey Hussle's murder 'one of the most unfortunate events' in American history 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 MooreEx-White House ethics chief compares Ivanka, Kushner security clearances to college admissions scandal Dem compares college cheating scandal to Ivanka, Jared's security clearance Dem lawmakers unveil Journalist Protection Act amid Trump attacks on media 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."