Republican House leaders are finally holding Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for some of his actions. Representative Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation against him. The charge? Repeatedly obstructing and slowing the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
This means the top House leaders are on board. The top committee officials met for most of the day in Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’s office and he gave them permission to move ahead. (See Update.)
If adopted, the resolution will be sent to the US attorney’s office in DC or to an independent counsel. This will force the DOJ to hand over the tens of thousands pages they still owe the Oversight Committee. Mr. Holder and other officials claim they are cooperating, but they’ve only turned over 6400 documents, most of them heavily redacted. In February Rep Gosar told me a lot of them are repeats.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered on December 14, 2010 and two guns linked to Fast & Furious were found at his death. The people responsible for buying and smuggling the guns have been indicted, but no one within the government has been held accountable.
(Update: A spokesperson for Speaker Boehner indicated that no decision has yet been made to move forward with the resolution by the Speaker or by the House Republican leaders.