Skip to comments.Eric Holderís contempt of Congress citation takes shape - Itís go time.
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 Administrations deadly gun-running program. Warnings were issued, deadlines have passed, and its just about go time.
To this end, Issa has prepared an extensive staff briefing(PDF) on the case, along with a draft of Holders 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 ATFs 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; Holders failure to provide documents in 12 of the 22 categories set forth in House subpoenas; the stone walls thrown before Agent Terrys 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 Generals brother; and the dismaying decision of Patrick Cunningham, criminal division chief of the U.S. Attorneys Office in Arizona, to take the Fifth instead of testifying before Issas committee.
At 44 pages in length, Issas 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 weve come to the end. He was very blunt about saying Holders 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 theyve offered just about all the compliance theyre 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.
Maybe I have gotten too cynical, but I will believe something is being done when I see real conflict not more “lets all get along”.
I bet Diogenes could take his lantern to Washington DC and spend a lifetime looking and never finding.
I’m not cheering until I see Holder doing a perp walk, with his raincoat over his handcuffs.
Thought this was moving too many times before.
Obama/Holder/the MSM are masters at the rope-a-dope go-slow defense.
Sidebar: These are the evil murdering bastards who Obama and Holder were sending thousands of semi-auto rifles. Just imagine.
Up on Drudge now.
WASHINGTON - A wave of violence in Mexico has led to a string of gruesome discoveries.
The bodies of nine people were found hanging from a bridge in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, just 6 miles from the U.S. border. Five were men and four women.
Pictures showed the nine bound, gagged and hanged.
A message left with the bodies identified them as members of the Gulf cartel. A rivaling cartel, Los Zetas, is believed to be responsible for the deaths.
All of the victims showed signs of torture. Their hands were tied and their eyes covered, sources tell WTOP.
Mexican authorities say they also discovered 14 headless bodies stuffed into black bags and left inside a van. Fourteen heads were later found outside the mayor’s office, preserved in ice boxes.
Mexican military and police authorities are investigating the 23 deaths. U.S. Homeland Security officials are watching the situation carefully because of its proximity to the U.S. and the encroaching violence growing out of the cartel drug wars.
The bodies of three Mexican journalists were discovered Thursday afternoon in the state of Veracruz. They had been dismembered and stuffed into black plastic bags dumped into a waste canal.
At least seven current and former reporters and photographers have been slain in Veracruz over the last 18 months.
More than 50,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched a war on cartels, according to the Los Angeles Times. Former Mexican President Vicente Fox recently told the newspaper that the global war on drugs “useless” and an “absolute failure.”
That mental image, especially Holder hiding his cuffs, it is just too much to hope for.
Maybe somehow sometime it will be real. Oh heck, who am I kidding it will never happen.
Let’s see, by late August we’ll have street riots, burning cities, and maybe the Murdergate Hearings on 24/7 TV.
I hope Burke or one of these creeps has flipped, and Issa has enough ammo to shoot up the moon and the stars already.
Maybe Holder and Obama already know who has left the team and flipped, and what damning info he will reveal.
Maybe that’s why they are willing to overturn the card table with a timely race war.
Somebody could turn to save their own hide but no one ever did with the Clintons. At least no one ever did who stayed alive. The few who did take them on such as that Jones girl, were savaged by the media.
We may be a lot more like Mexico than it is comfortable to believe. Well we are different in one way. In the US, it is necessary to at least try to make it look like an accident, suicide or heart attack.
Holder (if not Obama himself) is definitely at the root of F&F. How else do you explain his refusal to fire ANYONE after 17 months of “internal investigation?” 200+ Mexicans are dead in addition to Terry and Zapata. I don’t know why these Congressmen on the committee don’t tell him to do some SERIOUS axx-kicking.
Flip the race card right Back at 'em!
Over two Hundred Mexicans killed with this DOJ-supplied weaponry, and Holder wants to know why it's a big deal?
As the Martin/Zimmerman cases shows, Holder doesn't really give damm about Hispanics.
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William Newell, Special Agent in charge for the ATF's Phoenix Field Division was in routine email contact with Obama's National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly.
When Issa demanded O'Reilly's testimony, Obama transferred him to Hillary's State Department. He was assigned to Iraq last September.
Perhaps O'Reilly will be our John Dean.
If he lives to testify. He might fall out of a helicopter, or get hit by a random bullet.
“Contempt of Congress Mr. Issa???????”................LOL!!!.................tens of millions of Americans are guilty of that!!!!
I know I am!
Do you know the way to San Hose?
The US Congress House needs to make the charges against Holder to stop the idiot and liar and unjust justice fool from continuing his mocking and spitting in the face of justice and judgemnent lest he continue to destroy justice and judgement in America. The House can bring charges even if the abomination of the Senate and White house protect evil Holder from his course of evil.
Personally, I believe that conservative states need to band together and refuse the evil of the left by stopping all monies to the DC thieves and liars and refusing to do the evil anti Constitutional mandates of the evil man Obama and all the evil democrats of the evil DC legislatures.
Good...it’s past time.
Holder himself is a criminal, who sense g=he has been in office has abetted the new Black Panthers in crime, voter initimidation, conspiracy to murder, kidnapp, and assault, Placing bounties on American’s head.
It is past time he was impeached and imprisoned...but hold that last until Obama is out of office so he can’t pardon him.
Eric Holder and Fast and Furious
What about Janet El Reneo? Did she get a pardon?
She claimed responsibility for the murder of the 75 Branch Davidians. Shouldn't she be charged and tried? (doddering old muncher)
Ha! One misspelling for another. Is San Hose a new garden gadget?
Sorry, sans hose is French for “without a hose”.
You bet she should...and one day, perhaps we will have a conservative congress up to the task, along with an all-American AG.
If not here...then one day she will be held accountable before a heavenly tribunal.
Exactly the same for Randy Weaver...though ultimately there was a victory in a civil case there...but the criminals went free, the chief amongst them to become a killer at Waco too.
Claire Wolfe said it best regarding the sentiments.
You will Pay for This
Let the games begin!
>He might fall out of a helicopter, or get hit by a random bullet.
Or fall from a helicopter landing on some bullets.
Or get shot in the head and then be in a plane that crashed like Ron Brown did.
” The support from Boehner is tepid at best. He and Cantor have indicated that they are afraid that the contempt citation will pull the Republicans off their message!
Two observations for Boehner and Cantor:
1) How can you be pulled off message when no one in the country has a flippin clue what your message is? You guys have let the Democrats and the media define the argument for years, which is why your support continues to erode.”
” No TEA Party candidates need apply, that is the message Cantor and his crew have been sending. Boehner has now corrupted all but 4 or 5 of those that were sent there to drain that RINO swamp. “
With advice from Trent Lott on how to co-opt them.
(Lott’s own words)
Thanks for the ping!
Gee. We saw how well that worked out for Nixon.