Criticism of Reno Mounts on Capitol Hill

July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM

( - Saturday's raid on Elian Gonzalez's home in Miami has caused many observers to level sharp criticism at Attorney General Janet Reno - including one Arizona Republican congressman who has called on Reno to resign.

"It is thuggery, pure and simple, and Janet Reno must go," Hayworth said in a television interview Saturday.

Hayworth called the raid was a "victory" for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

"What Bill Clinton and Janet Reno did this morning was to conduct an armed raid on a private residence in Miami at the behest of Fidel Castro," Hayworth said.

Hayworth also accused President Clinton of trying to "appease" Castro throughthe Elian Gonzalez case.

House Republican Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) said he holds Reno and President Bill Clinton personally responsible for the pre-dawn raid.

"We really want to look into why the Attorney General felt that she had the authority to do something that many of us feel is way beyond . . . the rule of the law and the hiding behind of the rule of the law. If they understood or appreciated the rule of the law in this country, they would appreciate the history of this country when it comes to these kinds of matters," DeLay said.

Florida Republican Sen. Connie Mack said that he has little hope that Elian will stay in the United States until his May federal court hearing, as Reno has promised he will.

"What kind of guarantee now is our Justice Department going to give both the family and the rest of us that are concerned, that Elian will remain in this country? What guarantee are going are they going to make now? There are some real questions about that," Mack told Fox News Channel.