Skip to comments.House should hold Holder in contempt (The Seattle Times Editorial Board!)
Posted on 06/28/2012 11:16:20 AM PDT by neverdem
The Seattle Times editorial board argues that the Justice Department should hand over documents regarding the "Fast and Furious" gun-sale program, or else the House of Representatives should declare Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
EXECUTIVE privilege is a principle dangerous to democracy, whether invoked by a Republican or Democratic president. The Obama administration has invoked it and now is threatened with retaliation: House Republicans say unless the administration hands over subpoenaed documents, they will vote Thursday to declare Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. If that is what it takes, they should do it.
It is an election year, so the administration's defenders are saying that a call for disclosure is "all politics." Of course there is political hay in it, but the request is still valid. Congress needs to know about botched government programs.
This was one. Called "Fast and Furious," it was a sting operation run out of the Phoenix, Ariz., office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from 2009 to 2011. Its aim was to allow Mexican drug organizations to buy illegal guns so that U.S. agents could follow the guns, arrest the people who had them and destroy the cartels...
The Mexican government also said Fast and Furious guns were found at 170 crime scenes in Mexico...
Another 1,300 pages under House of Representatives subpoena were the subject of a presidential order of executive privilege, the first such order of Obama's presidency. That is what the argument is about.
Obama has said he did not know about Fast and Furious, and Issa does not claim the president knew. That is not the issue.
The issue is whether Congress has the right to learn about it, and it does.
(Excerpt) Read more at seattletimes.nwsource.com ...
Does it matter?
no-to-illegals, they are probably not anonymous. The NY Times listed the members of their editorial board the last time that I checked.
In uber left Seattle? You betcha!
But will they? And then what?
Thus we may assume these were the only participants, those under the employ?
Why pull your punches after all this grief? The House needs a Senate that they can work with, right? Dump an impeached Holder on the Senate before November. Let the rat senators deal with the consequences of their vote to remove Holder or not. They are defending about 23 seats this November.
With today's SCOTUS Obamacare decision, I won't be surprised if the Contempt of Congress vote is delayed.
They're allowing one minute speeches prior to the vote right now. The vote should happen within an hour or so I guess.
Thanks for the link.
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Nancy Pelosi is on the floor now basically mooning the nation with her insipid remarks.
Rule of Law
“Never heard of it...”
Nancy looking out across the House floor stated, “Today Holder, tomorrow who knows?”
Well, under Republican leadership you’ll have at least had to do something that looks as if it was illegal.
Under Democrat leadership, she may be right.
Returning a Thanks for the (plural) links.
..................The Mexican government also said Fast and Furious guns were found at 170 crime scenes in Mexico... ..............
Just like the two or three that were found next to Terry’s body.
It’s almost like the cartel know that these are walked guns, and believe that this bunch also have homing tag RFID’s planted within them like they found with Bush’s attempt to track the guns.
So once they use them, they know not to carry them.
If he was a Republican he'd be gone by Monday morning.