Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday defended Attorney General Eric Holder, saying he thought the Justice Department chief would hold onto his job despite GOP calls for his resignation.
“There have been all kinds of accusations, but I haven’t seen anything that would prevent him from doing his job,” Schumer said. “Obviously if there’s wrongdoing we should find out who did it, but the president has confidence in Holder and I believe he’s going to stay.”
Schumer said Holder had not committed perjury when he testified before Congress that he did not know about a possible prosecution of a Fox News reporter, James Rosen, despite his signature on a search warrant to monitor Rosen’s emails.
“I don’t think there’s perjury,” Schumer said. “I don’t think any good criminal lawyer would say there’s a scintilla of evidence of perjury.”
On the same program, GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) said Holder had “definitely lost the trust of the American people” and that her constituents felt “betrayed” by the administration.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) on Sunday said his panel was looking into Holder’s testimony.
Goodlatte said the committee was waiting for a response from Holder to their inquiries by Wednesday.
“We will wait to pass judgment on that until we see his response,” he said.