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Posted on 06/22/2012 10:55:59 PM PDT by Libloather
House Republicans release final Holder contempt resolution
By Pete Kasperowicz - 06/22/12 06:22 PM ET
Republicans late Friday released the final version of the resolution asserting that Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking operation.
The crux of the resolution is just three paragraphs:
"Resolved, That Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General of the United States, shall be found to be in contempt of Congress for failure to comply with a congressional subpoena.
"Resolved, That pursuant to 2 U.S.C. 192 and 194, the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall certify the report of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, detailing the refusal of Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, to produce documents to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform as directed by subpoena, to the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, to the end that Mr. Holder be proceeded against in the manner and form provided by law.
"Resolved, That the Speaker of the House shall otherwise take all appropriate action to enforce the subpoena."
Republicans have said the resolution may be brought up next week, depending on whether Holder delivers the subpoenaed documents requested by Republicans. If it is brought up for a vote, it appears likely that it would come up Tuesday at the earliest.
The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee approved both the resolution and a committee report detailing Holder's failure to comply with GOP requests for documents. But along the way, the committee approved an amendment to the committee report, mostly to include language outlining how the Obama administration asserted executive privilege this week over certain Fast and Furious documents that Republicans had requested.
That language, from Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said this assertion was "transparently not a valid claim of privilege given its last minute nature," and said this assertion, if valid, should have been made last October, the deadline for returning documents under subpoena.
"The President has not asserted executive privilege," the Gowdy amendment states. "This assertion, however, does not change the fact that Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. is in contempt of Congress today for failing to turn over lawfully subpoenaed documents explaining the Department's role in withdrawing the false letter it sent to Congress."
Here we go.
The Pubbies better have the ‘nads to see this through.
And another 5 months for the deer in the headlights media following Zero’s Executive FOAD, to play Any serious action against Holder by Boehner and Issa as Rascist, Pure Political Skullduggery, and beat the ghost of Nixon hard enough to confuse the voters into painting Boehner and Issa into the bad guys here.
The problem isn’t that the media will succeed with the voters, Zero’s EO is too egregious for them to swallow, but they’ll probably scare Boehner and Co. out of actually Doing anything about Holder and his boss.
Which is it?
You're right. The media is rife with retrospectives on Nixon's claim of executive privilege and the Watergate cover-up. Fast and Furious is much more egregious than the break-in ever was. And the cover-up is in full swing.
I don't think so. Mop boy Bammy is outta here mid July.
Hillary has to have a little time to campaign to make it at least look like a fair election.
“The President has not asserted executive privilege,” the Gowdy amendment states.”
Looks to me like Gowdy’s saying Obama’s invoking Exec Priv so late in the game makes it invalid as Exec Priv. and he’s essentially blowing the Pres. a raspberry on it.
Well then...time to find them on Twitter, Facebook, wherever Issa and Boehner are and give them attaboys, where we can find them. Encourage them...
You will notice that they didn’t do what Mark Levin exhorted them to do. That was to empower Chairman Issa to obtain and retain outside counsel to file a civil suit in a district court to get it in front of a judge. This will not end well I’m afraid.
Levin’s a Constitutional Lawyer and even if I had nothing more than various opinions from various parties to choose from, I’d go with his.
And I’m liking This guy, a lot.
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said this assertion was “transparently not a valid claim of privilege given its last minute nature,” and said this assertion, if valid, should have been made last October, the deadline for returning documents under subpoena.
That is “In Your Face!”
Is that something that can and should happen before the whole House votes the AG in contempt?
Goody....we get to see Pelosi, looking as stoned as ever, babble about “voter suppression” being the motivation for Holder’s problems with the evil GOP. Hopefully, at one of these hilarious press conferences she’ll start singing and dancing or do something so bizarre that her enablers in the press won’t be able to hide it.
As I understand it the POTUS has to put it in writing to the House Committee. Naming each document sought and WHY it is privileged(1). Barry The Poseur has not done this. So technically he hasn't 'asserted executive privilege' yet.
(1) That's the 'Gotcha' part and Barry stepped in a big steaming pile of dog poop. By 'saying' they're privileged, he's inferring he knew everything in those docs (Doh!). So doing the writing part's gonna be a bit difficult for the idiot without admitting guilt for himself.
(Axelrod or Val Jarret has prolly been chained to a pole in the WH basement and whipped on the hour since giving that sterling advice).
As I understand it, a civil suit will be filed following the vote of the full House of Representatives. Directing the Speaker to follow this course would not, IMHO, be appropriate for the Issa committee. Boehner will really only have two possible courses of action: Criminal via the Justice Department (a non-starter) or Civil via the Federal Civil Court system. Obviously Boehner will take the civil path.
I hope you are right.
To the more than half of America that only half pays attention to the news, "Fast And Furious" is a B-rated Hollywood action movie. It's just not serious.
This scandal will get more traction if we do a little meme-shifting, and call it what it was: MURDERGATE.
When libtards whine and ask why we're calling it Murdergate, just remind them that nobody was murdered at the Watergate. But Nixon was forced to resign, and his A.G. went to prison....over a "3rd rate burglary."
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