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Eric Holderís contempt of Congress citation takes shape - Itís go time.
HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 05/03/2012 | John Hayward

Posted on 05/04/2012 12:02:07 PM PDT by neverdem

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, is preparing contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for his failure to cooperate fully with the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama Administration’s deadly gun-running program. Warnings were issued, deadlines have passed, and it’s just about “go time.”

To this end, Issa has prepared an extensive staff briefing(PDF) on the case, along with a draft of Holder’s contempt citation. A press release from the House Oversight Committee says the briefing paper “explains what happened in Operation Fast and Furious, the hardships faced by the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in getting truthful answers about his death, how agents who blew the whistle on the reckless operation have faced retaliation, and the carnage in Mexico that Fast and Furious has helped fuel.”

Among the lowlights of this paper are the ATF’s discovery that two of the top ostensible “targets” for the operation that pumped thousands of American guns into the hands of Mexican cartel killers were actually FBI informants; Holder’s failure to provide documents in 12 of the 22 categories set forth in House subpoenas; the stone walls thrown before Agent Terry’s family as they investigate his death; an ATF whistleblower whose career was ruined on the pretext of punishing him for downloading $8 worth of applications to his smartphone; the appearance of Fast and Furious guns at crime scenes across Mexico, including the murder of a state Attorney General’s brother; and the dismaying decision of Patrick Cunningham, criminal division chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona, to take the Fifth instead of testifying before Issa’s committee.

At 44 pages in length, Issa’s briefing paper is one of the most comprehensive summaries of the Fast and Furious scandal you can read online. Issa appeared on Fox News this morning to discuss the case against Eric Holder, noting his reluctance to “say to the Administration that we’ve come to the end.” He was very blunt about saying Holder’s Justice Department has lied to his committee.

In the middle of his appearance, the Justice Department released a statement – read to Issa while he was sitting in the studio – that said they’ve offered just about all the compliance they’re going to. The Congressman did not seem terribly surprised to hear it. Further stonewalling, he said, would be like Richard Nixon offering to release the Watergate tapes in fifty years, and the “drop dead date” for DOJ compliance with those House subpoenas is “immediately.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Mexico; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; contemptpdffile; dea; dhs; doj; ericholder; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; holdercontempt; ice; issa; obama
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There's a video at the source. I haven't looked at it yet nor read the PDF. The URL says it's a PDF that comes with an attachment.
1 posted on 05/04/2012 12:02:15 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Holder needs to be in prison.


2 posted on 05/04/2012 12:03:17 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Dumb, dependent and Democrat is no way to go through life. - Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
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To: neverdem

How long has this fabled order been in process? I have NO faith in Congress and even less that they’ll actually sanction Holder. Even in the cosmically small chance they do man up (and do the right thing) 1) the media will brand it as political and/or refuse to report it or 2) Holder et al will simply ignore it. Until Congress mans up and sends some one down to the DOJ w/ cuffs its all just huffing and puffing, more political theater.


4 posted on 05/04/2012 12:16:05 PM PDT by 556x45
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To: neverdem

We can be sure that Boenher will prevent any citation from taking effect.


5 posted on 05/04/2012 12:16:57 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: neverdem
But what happens? Even of Boehner does not find a way to sideline this and prevent a vote and even if Holder is held in contempt by the full House, doesn't the citation go to the DOJ to enforce? Can the Capitol Police arrest Holder? I suspect that the Obama Regime will just blow off the House and then Boehner would have to find some other means of motivating compliance, like withholding an Appropriation. But would he??
6 posted on 05/04/2012 12:18:25 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: neverdem
I'm reading/delighting in the PDF now.

It appears this was all Kabuki. We grew so frustrated at FR with Issa’s inaction. It appears the schedule is set for a major scandal to blow up in Baby-Doc’s face this summer.

We should revel in the coming pleasure of the old media's attempt to turn this away from the Kenyan usurper.

Enjoy my FRiends, ENJOY!

7 posted on 05/04/2012 12:22:30 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: Joe Brower; MestaMachine; Travis McGee

Ping.


8 posted on 05/04/2012 12:24:59 PM PDT by OKSooner (Never take a "known safety risk" shooting with you even if he is an ordained minister.)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
9 posted on 05/04/2012 12:25:40 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Little Ray
We can be sure that Boenher will prevent any citation from taking effect.

According to his office this morning, he is not preventing anything and is very supportive of Issa.

For what that is worth.

10 posted on 05/04/2012 12:26:12 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: Truth29

I would like to believe that Issa has timed this citation for exactly the point that you have made.

If Holder ignores a contempt of Congress citation, there is a Constitutional crisis...

...six months before the election.


11 posted on 05/04/2012 12:28:45 PM PDT by kidd
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To: MileHi

Timing is everything.
Someone said there was an election coming up...


12 posted on 05/04/2012 12:28:45 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Eric in the Ozarks; Jacquerie
Timing is everything. Someone said there was an election coming up...

That is what I have been holding out for.

See post #7 from Jacquerie also.

13 posted on 05/04/2012 12:32:57 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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To: MileHi

Boehner’s support doesn’t mean much, but a lack of opposition on his part would. If we can believe him. It would be great!


14 posted on 05/04/2012 12:34:28 PM PDT by Little Ray (FOR the best Conservative in the Primary; AGAINST Obama in the General.)
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To: MileHi
Check this out:

"The Strike Force designation also meant that the U.S. Attorney’s Office – rather than ATF – would run Fast and Furious. At the time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona was led by Dennis Burke, a new political appointee who had previously served as Chief of Staff to then Arizona Governor and now Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Earlier in his career, Burke had worked with former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel on gun control legislation as a U.S. Senate staff member."

Holder is dead political meat.

15 posted on 05/04/2012 12:37:36 PM PDT by Jacquerie (No court will save us from ourselves.)
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To: neverdem

And the media will play the race card in 3...2...1...


16 posted on 05/04/2012 12:37:49 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("Talent Without Ambition Is Sad - Ambition Without Talent Is Worse")
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To: neverdem

Holder will have it framed and hang it on his office wall with all his other awards and citations.


17 posted on 05/04/2012 12:41:39 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: SkyDancer

I don’t think they’ll wait at all.

Btw, did you catch the launch of the Atlas V a little while ago?


18 posted on 05/04/2012 12:46:45 PM PDT by wastedyears (There can be only one.)
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To: 556x45

I was thinking the same thing ... matter of fact, seems t’me a read not long ago that Holder’s already refused to co-operate no matter WHAT Issa generates.


19 posted on 05/04/2012 12:48:54 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Jacquerie

That is so sweet to end the week.


20 posted on 05/04/2012 12:50:31 PM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
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