CBS News has learned the House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. It’s the fourth time in 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch member.
This time, the dispute stems from Holder failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011 in the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” investigation.
The problem is that no one (except those who visit conservative web sites) even knows about Fast & Furious — and what little they’ve heard is that Holder has turned over thousands and thousands of documents and that Issa isn’t satisfied. This isn’t likely to crescendo right before the election and it only may possibly get mentioned a tiny little bit in the network news most voters rely on. And, Justice and the White House have already tried to confuse this with a Bush program as though poor Holder was stuck with it. I applaud the contempt citation vote. It will probably backfire a little at least — but somehow the word has to get out.
A Border Patrol Agent is killed and 18 months later the Attorney General does not know who authorized the program? This is a text-book definition of stonewalling. Congress is negligent if they do not file a contempt charge.
Imagine a US Army General authorized a program arming the insurgents in Iraq to see who got the guns, with no notification if the Iraqi Police, no GPS tracking and no plan to recover them before used. And a US Soldier is killed from those unrecovered guns as well as hundreds of Iraqi citizens. How long would we allow the Defense Secretary to say they do not know who authorized it? Would they be allowed to turn over only 7,600 pages (5%) of the 140,000 pages on the operation subpoenaed? Would they be allowed to testify 8 times before a committee without the fundamental answer of who authorized it? Contempt is the tool congress has to get the answer after waiting way too long! How many more BAD decisions is this unknown authorizer making?
Ignoring the Facts of Fast and Furious is permitting a travesty. If I ran guns across the border, I would be charged with hundreds of years in Federal Prison. If we do not demand General Holder tells us who – shame on us as a people.
The only reason Holder has remained in his position at the DOJ is to protect BHO. The pertinent questions of “What did Holder know, when did he know about it and what did he do about it, other than to cover it up and shuffle those underlings to desk jobs closer to Holder to keep them quiet? The death of Border Agent Terry doesn’t appear to mean much to Holder and Co. In this case, the crime is worse than the cover up. So far no one has been held accountable for being complicit in Agent Terry’s death. The family deserves answers and accountability from those directly responsible for such stupid policies.
Worse yet, is the very real probability that the DOJ is riddled with more people who share the very same views as BHO and AG Holder. Ridding the DOJ of people who place their personal politics above the law will be a Herculean task for the next AG.