ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – During a stop in St. Louis Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed calls for his impeachment by several House Republicans as “meaningless.”

“I have serious things, serious things that I have to engage in. That is how I’m going to be spending my time and I’m not going to be devoting much attention to those kinds of things,” he said.

A group of 11 House Republicans has drafted four articles of impeachment against Holder, accusing him of refusing to uphold federal laws.

“This was not a decision that I made lightly,” Rep. Olson, R-Texas, said in a statement. “Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued. The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the Attorney General refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action.”

The articles of impeachment specifically accuse Attorney General Holder of failing to comply with a congressional subpoena on the so-called “Fast and Furious” investigation and also of failing to prosecute Internal Revenue Services workers who mishandled applications by some political groups.

“To the extent that there are concerns about policy differences that I might have with certain members of Congress, I’m not certain that rises to the level of impeachment,” Holder added.

Holder was in St. Louis to praise a drug court program at the federal courthouse.

No Cabinet member has been impeached since Secretary of War William Balknap in March of 1876.

“You know, I’m by nature a fairly calm person and I’m even made more calm when I hear people doing the kinds of partisan things that I think too often we see in Washington in 2013,” the attorney general added Thursday.

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