Skip to comments.GOP Writes Legislation to Deny AG Holder His Salary
Posted on 04/15/2014 4:57:10 PM PDT by lbryce
A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would stop government paychecks for officials who have been found in contempt of Congress a move that seems designed in the short term to go after Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.
Mr. Holder has refused to cooperate with the House GOPs probe into the Fast & Furious gun-walking operation, and the House has voted to find him in contempt. Mr. Holder is challenging that vote in court.
Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Texas Republican who publicly excoriated Mr. Holder at a hearing last week, introduced the legislation just before Congress went on vacation, and announced it on Tuesday.
The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials bad behavior, Mr. Farenthold said.
Mr. Holder appeared before the House Judiciary Committee last week and faced harsh barbs over his defense of Obama administration policies. He bristled at having been held in contempt.
You dont want to go there, buddy, all right? Mr. Holder barked at one congressman who speculated that the attorney general wasnt taking the contempt accusation seriously. I think that it was inappropriate. I think it was unjust. But never think that that was not a big deal to me. Dont ever think that.
When the time came for Mr. Farenthold to ask his questions, he demurred, saying he didnt think the House should have even let Mr. Holder appear to testify, since he is actively being cited for contempt.
I just dont think its appropriate that Mr. Holder be here. If an American citizen had not complied with one of the Justice Department subpoenas, they would be in jail, not sitting here in front, testifying, the congressman said.
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Still bristling at his buddy, the AG was probably getting ready the many offices of the government at his disposal including the NSA, CIA, FBI to remind buddy who it is that has the finger on all the powers of government surveillance, harassment.
As far as the GOP writing legislation in an effort to coerce government officials to testify, I think it is a terrible idea. Not the least of which is that you'll have Democrats writing their own style of legislation against the GOP.
Dancing awfully close to being a bill of attainder.
Not that 0bama would sign it anyway. Just a bunch of talk and a waste of time that could be spent on doing something actually constructive.
Yeah Obama would never sign it. Would be great for some 527 group to make a campaign for Obama to sign the bill. This would have an impact on people seeing the true criminal nature of the president with their own eyes.
Just a way to stall for time so they can avoid exercising their authority to arrest Holder and the bitch.
Nothing more than GOP cowardice on display.
HA! I like it!
Excellent. Good, well thought out legislation also.
Doesn’t matter. Holder doesn’t care about money. Only power.
Just make it a RULE of House budgetary allocations.
I hope it makes it through. Now, just don’t tack on any earmarks, you fatheads!