Skip to comments.Issa to Holder: You can still avoid contempt if you give up Fast and Furious documents
Posted on 05/08/2012 11:10:41 AM PDT by neverdem
A spokeswoman for House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder could still avoid the contempt of Congress proceedings on the horizon — if he cooperates with the congressional subpoena he's thus far failed to comply with.
"The Justice Department can still avoid contempt," Issa spokeswoman Becca Watkins told TheDC. "They need to pledge their cooperation and stop stonewalling on critical documents outlined by the committee in the draft contempt report."
Watkins said those "critical documents" include "what high ranking officials knew about Fast and Furious and when they knew it, information about informants and their roles, and how the Justice Department changed its view from denying that gunwalking occurred to acknowledging that Fast and Furious was fundamentally flawed."
Holder has outright failed to comply with the subpoena Issa served him in October 2011 on Fast and Furious. That subpoena contains 22 parts, and Holder has failed to fulfill each and every one of those categories. For 13 of the categories, Holder has provided no documents whatsoever, and for the other nine categories, Holder remains far from compliant, as TheDC documented in full late last week.
All indications are that contempt proceedings for Holder will move forward, assuming he doesn't produce the documents. Issa released the lengthy contempt of Congress citation draft last week to Democrats and Republicans on his committee, and Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar is set to lead a "special order" on the House floor later this week. A special order is an official vehicle for House members to voice their concerns about Fast and Furious, the Department of Justice's stonewalling tactics and Holder's continued failure to comply with congressional subpoenas.
Both the special order and the contempt citation draft's release indicate House leadership support. (RELATED: Full coverage of Operation Fast and Furious)
Currently, 127 House members think Holder should resign or be fired over Fast and Furious, have expressed “no confidence” in him via a formal House resolution, or both. Three U.S. senators, two sitting governors and presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney have joined those House members in demanding Holder’s removal from office.
Did he ask, “Pretty please?”
Holder to Issa: “I’m looking forward to having the framed contempt citation hanging on my wall”.
Just do it Darrell.
Is it that time for an Issa soundbite already? My how time flies.
Send the capitol police over and arrest his ass and put him in the pokey for a year.
I wish I got warned that many times when I was a child. Ummm, maybe not.
If Issa follows through with this I seriously hope he has protection for himself and his family.
I think you’re missing a couple of “finals” in there...
A chilling thought for sure.
Holder will stonewall.
Issa will file contempt.
Holder will delay and obfuscate (with administration and Dim assist)
Obama will win ( Massive voter fraud, media disinformation & complicity, manufactured crises, etc.)
Elections will have consequences
Obama will consolidate power and become virtual dictator
By 2016 BHO will be President for life/defacto dictator.
Holder will become Baria
And something for the "I won't vote for Romney" folks to consider.
I knew it !!! The GOP elites are once again going to screw the pooch !!! They can prove in court that Holder is dirty but are more interested in not rocking the boat as opposed to having an entire Dept. of Justice that is DIRTY.
My guess is after Labor Day when the ‘campaign’ really gets rolling. Timing is everthing...
I agree, I think Issa is waiting until October. After all, he wants BO out as bad as we do. Should be an interesting Fall.
I was wondering about this before I read your post. Suppose Issa (or even Congress as a whole) finds Holder in contempt. What then?
Does a contempt citation carry any sanctions? Would Holder be subject to arrest? Would he even lose his position?
I’ve heard conjecture that the next step would be to impeach him.
That’s likely to actually happen the second Tuesday of next week.
Like I said, the citation will occupy a place of honor on his office wall.