House Oversight Committee Schedules Contempt Vote for Holder

from FOX News – The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has scheduled a vote for  next week to consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of  Congress over the controversial Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., released a 64-page memo in early  May outlining the case for holding the attorney general in contempt. The  chairman based his argument around Holder’s failure to respond to an October  2011 subpoena for internal Justice Department documents on the operation.

The committee’s vote for contempt is scheduled for June 20.

“The Obama administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other  valid privilege over these materials, and it is unacceptable that the Department  of Justice refuses to produce them,” Issa said in a statement Monday, accusing  Holder of having “failed to meet his legal obligations.”

He said the Justice Department has “obstructed the investigation,” adding  that the department “can still stop the process of contempt” by delivering key  documents.

In a separate statement, House Speaker John Boehner said the department is  “out of excuses.”

The Justice Department maintains that it has cooperated with the  investigation and provided thousands of documents. Holder has testified before  the committee at least eight times about Fast and Furious, most recently on  Thursday before the House Judiciary Committee.

Issa grilled Holder in a particularly heated exchange where he accused the  attorney general of failing to answer questions about the investigation.

“Have you and your attorneys produced internally the materials responsive to  the subpoenas?” Issa asked.

“We believe that we have responded to the subpoenas,” Holder began.

“No. Mr. Attorney General, you’re not a good witness. A good witness answers  the question asked,” Issa snapped.

The Fast and Furious program oversaw sales of nearly 2,000 firearms to  suspected Mexican drug cartels in an attempt to trace gun trafficking. But the  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recovered only 567 of  the guns. Most controversially, many of the guns were found at violent crime  scenes, including at the shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

The Republican leadership initially hedged on fully supporting Issa’s case  due to concerns that charging the attorney general in contempt in an election  year could backfire. At the same time, they tried to allay concerns from  conservatives — particularly freshmen — who called for Holder’s  resignation.

Six House Republican freshmen wrote to the leadership on May 18 to push for a  contempt of Congress resolution against Holder. Hours later, Boehner, R-Ohio,  Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.,  issued a letter to Holder demanding that he fully cooperate with the Oversight  Committee investigation.

They also warned that “if necessary, the House will act to fulfill our  constitutional obligations in the coming weeks.”

Holder would join only one other attorney general, Janet Reno in 1998, to be  held in contempt by the Oversight Committee.

The last time the House voted to find an executive branch official in  contempt was in 2008 over the U.S. attorney firings controversy. It passed a  resolution against White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten and former White  House counsel Harriet Miers for failing to provide internal documents. Miers  also refused to comply with a subpoena to appear at a hearing. The House  Judiciary Committee also found White House adviser Karl Rove in contempt later  that year over the same issue.


If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter
and Download the AMAC News App

Sign Up Today Download

If You Enjoy Articles Like This - Subscribe to the AMAC Daily Newsletter!

Sign Up Today
Notify of
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
9 years ago

all of that information sulhod be able to be obtained from you Health Insurance card.Medical Insurance Provider: who will the claims be submitted to? examples: United Health Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield.Policy/group# sulhod be listed on the front of your insurance card.Insurance company phone and address sulhod be listed on the back.DOB (date of birth) of policy holder: if you are the primary person it is your date of birth. If you are covered under a different person’s policy (like Mom or Dad or Spouse) then it is THEIR date of of policy holder: who ever is the primary person on the policy. either you, or the name of the person who’s policy you are an additional insured for.hope this helps!

9 years ago

This is a sad situation and attempt to promote/Force Gun Control! This guy needs to be prosecutedto the full extent possible. Why is congress letting this go…there should be a stink by contress to no end! Maybe he is (holder) not the only one to go? Think about it….consider it in 2012!

Brenda Welch
9 years ago

Vote the S.O.B. O. U. T.!!!!!!!!!!!!

9 years ago

Holder should be Hung !

John Detwiler
9 years ago

I would almost bet that our Chief Law Enforcement Official (Eric Holder) will ignore any Comtempt of Cohgress Citation. It is evident that as our Attoney General thinks that he is abouve the law that applies to all citizens. His spoken contempt for the whites in stating that we haven’t suffered enough, his failure to act on the voter intimadation by the Black Panthers, and his ovious lying to the House Oversight and Reform Commitee. And his blatent use of his office in a lawsuit against Arizona. Using his office against states that want to overhaul their voter rolls. Like in the case of Florida who has found over 50,000 dead people who are still on these voter rolls.

Would love your thoughts, please comment.x