Skip to comments.Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday
Posted on 08/12/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT by Kaslin
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation.
"The committee expects to file the civil contempt suit against the attorney general Monday," a Republican source said. The suit will be filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia.
The action is the latest escalation in the dispute between House Republicans and the Justice Department over the documents, which relate to a botched gun-smuggling operation.
On June 28, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress and authorized the Oversight panel to bring suit to enforce its rights.
In Fast and Furious, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed assault guns to "walk," which meant ending surveillance on weapons suspected to be en route to Mexican drug cartels.
The tactic, which was intended to allow agents to track criminal networks by finding the guns at crime scenes, was condemned after two guns that were part of the operation were found at Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's murder scene.
In the most recent conflict between Congress and the president over a Congressional subpoena, Democrats' and Republicans' roles were reversed.
The Democratic-led House held two White House aides, Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued to the George W. Bush administration. Republicans, including Issa, defended the administration, while Democrats said it was unlawful.
After the House held Miers and Bolten in contempt, the Judiciary Committee sued the two aides in federal district court.
In August 2008, a federal judge ordered Miers to testify and Bolten to turn over documents, overruling the administration's claim of executive privilege. That ruling was appealed.
In March 2009, a year after the suit was filed, Miers and Karl Rove, who had also become ensnared in a separate contempt proceeding, agreed to testify behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee. The deal broke the stalemate.
Here we go. Ping.
Issa should demand that Holder be held without bond pending the outcome of the trial.
Now holder can step down and O can replace him with whoever he’d like to...without congressional approval. Thanks to the new law that was just passed.
Let's try this...
the latest escalation in the dispute between
House Republicans THE RULE OF LAW and the Justice Department over the documents,
From what I understand (and I could be wrong), that new law about appointments does not give the pres carte blanche with all appointments, just some of the lower grade less important ones. I read a bit about it but hopefully someone reading this thread knows more and will comment.
And what, exactly, will this accomplish? Everything Issa has done has been totally ineffective thus far.
I’ll bet the shredders have been running nonstop all weekend.
The GOP giving yet another gift to the Democrats.
The Larry Klayman of Congressmen.
And you would propose...what?
Or short-circuiting due process?
Like it or not, this is the process that brought Nixon down.
It does not cover the Justice department. But I hear ya!
Wow. Will try to invest in the company that manufactures Depends tomorrow. Between Holder, BO and the rest of the dems, I should make a tidy profit!
Take a look at his tagline. That should give you the answer
You would be the first one to scream if he did
Why am I not surprised?
There are those who would cut off their nose to spite our face...
That’s good to know.
The media will scream racism, and prominent Comm.. I mean Democrats will laugh Issa out of the building.
Democrats had the media behind them then, and they have the media behind them now.
go for the jugular Issa, don’t hold back.
So what? It’s up to the Judge. Lock the perp up, he’s a flight risk!
Damned if you do, and damned if you don't. Should be nice to see what happens...
But, in 1974, the media were the only voice. And most folks believed them.
Today, it's a little different...
Despite alternate media, how many people bother to search the internet to get information? It’s doubly hard when you have people like Obama that try to scrub damning information before too many people have the chance to see it.
Plenty more than used to. And more tomorrow.
The MSM's audience and influence is shrinking everyday.
"Harry Reid demands I release 10 years of tax returns, to prove my innocence. But Eric Holder refuses to release documents of an illegal operation that smuggled weapons directly to drug cartels in a foreign country, that have been linked to the deaths of a federal officer and OVER 300 innocent Mexican citizens. And after the House cites Holder in contempt of congress, Obama declares "executive privilege."
Harry Reid asks what Mr Romney is hiding in his tax records? The American people deserve to know what the Obama administration is hiding in blocking the release of documents pertaining to illegal international gun running and hundreds of murders!"
I hope they grow a pair and do it!
Unfortunately this will amount to exactly nothing. And even if Holder were forced to comply then the precedent is set. Always stone wall Congress because you have nothing to lose by doing so. The very worst thing that can happen to Holder is that he has to give up what he does not want to give up. And that would be a long way down the road.
It appears to be another dog and pony show, so I don’t quite understand why Issa is going through the motions with this.
WithHolder, that’s Eric WithHolder.....
I’ll wait and see if anything really happens.....
Farrakhan, Rev. Wright or Van Jones?
Glad to hear this.
Issa keeps pushing forward.
You are correct.
You should pay closer attention to Free Republic and then you wouldn’t expose your ignorance. We have learned every day of what has been learned by the committee and put forward as evidence culminating in a contempt resolution.
Issa is doing what he lawfully can. He’s not a dictator. If Holder were a Republican the media would have gotten him hounded out of office by now and facing perjury charges. These are the simple facts of the country we live in.
Holder will simply arrest Issa for Aggravated Felony Obstruction of the Administration.
Sue him? The guy needs to be ARRESTED and tossed into a jail cell until the Sun burns out.
Dear Roll Call:
It wasn't a botched gun-smuggling operation. The regime did it on purpose.
The Zapata Family, and hundreds of dead Mexicans you conveniently forgot to mention.
Obama Statement on the Resignation of Alberto Gonzales
August 27, 2007
Barack Obama today released the following statement on the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.
“I have long believed that Alberto Gonzales subverted justice to promote a political agenda, and so I am pleased that he has finally resigned today. The President needs to nominate an Attorney General who will be the people’s lawyer, not the President’s lawyer, and in an Obama Administration that person will first and foremost defend and promote the rights and liberties enshrined in our Constitution,” said Obama.
Citation: Barack Obama: “Obama Statement on the Resignation of Alberto Gonzales,” August 27, 2007. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=91002.
Ping to 7 for a better explanation. I misunderstood at first.