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(Grassley) Senator demands ouster of top Justice official (over Fast & Furious)
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Source: Reuters

The backlash from a botched gun-smuggling sting in Mexico worsened on Wednesday for the Justice Department when a senior senator demanded the resignation of the chief of its criminal division.

Adding to political pressure for change at the department, Republican Charles Grassley called for the ouster of Lanny Breuer, a key lieutenant to Attorney General Eric Holder, himself under fire over the sting dubbed "Fast and Furious."

Holder "needs to ask for Mr. Breuer's resignation and remove him from office if he refuses," said Grassley in prepared remarks for delivery on the floor of the Senate.

The failures of the "Fast and Furious" program along the U.S.-Mexico border have already led to the resignations of two officials: the U.S. attorney in Arizona, and the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

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