Verbal fireworks blasted on Capitol Hill Tuesday as Senate Republicans expressed frustration with Attorney General Eric Holder for refusing to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate leaks of classified information.
Republicans say those leaks are coming from the White House and that an independent prosecutor needs to be appointed to investigate.
Holder said the two attorneys he appointed are independent and will conduct a thorough investigation.
The Senate hearing took a harsh turn when Sen. John Cornyn. R-Texas, demanded that Holder resign for refusing to cooperate with Congress on the leaks matter and the Fast and Furious gun running investigation.
"You leave me no alternative but to join those that call upon you to resign your office," Cornyn said.
"Americans deserve an attorney general who will be honest with them; they deserve an attorney general who will uphold the basic standards of political independence and accountability," he said. "You've proven time and time again, sadly, that you are unwilling to do so."
"I don't have any intention of resigning," Holder retorted. "I heard the White House press officer say yesterday that the president has absolute confidence in me. I don't have any reason to believe that, in fact, is not the case."
Cornyn maintains one of the investigators appointed by Holder gave money to Obama's presidential campaign.
Holder said he is the attorney general who ended Fast and Furious, which was a secret program that put hundreds of illegal American guns into the hands of Mexican drug dealers.