Contempt Vote Against Holder Scheduled For Next Week
Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News reports the House Oversight Committee will vote on contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday, June 20. Mr. Holder and the Department of Justice have not turned over the remaining documents from an October 11, 2011 subpoena concerning Operation Fast & Furious.
Fast & Furious lead to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds in Mexico. Guns from the operation have also been found at numerous crime scenes in America.
"The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any
other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that
the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents
pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and
why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of
reckless tactics," wrote Chairman Darrell Issa.
This is only the first step. If the Oversight Committee passes the contempt charges it will probably go to a full House vote.
Only one other attorney general has been found in contempt. In 1998 then Attorney General Janet Reno was found in contempt for not complying with a subpoena on campaign finance law violations.
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