Bringing Eric Holder to Justice

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Patience has apparently run out with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his refusal to turn over what congressional investigators consider critical evidence in the ongoing Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation. On June 20th, the House Oversight Committee will vote on whether or not to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress. The vote would mark the fourth time in the last 30 years that Congress has initiated contempt proceedings against a member of the executive branch of government. “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,” said investigation Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA).

The dispute between the Committee and the Attorney General centers around documents subpoenaed on October 12, 2011. The Justice Department (DOJ) maintains that thousand of documents already turned over, as well as testimony given by Mr. Holder on eight separate occasions, constitutes cooperation. Mr. Issa counters that additional documents, including materials created after Feb. 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had occurred, have not been sent to his Committee. Adding weight to Issa’s assertion is the fact that the DOJ retracted that denial. Issa notes that the missing 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.” He further noted that the DOJ can put an end to the contempt process by complying with the subpoena.

Last Monday, Issa revealed information about six wiretap applications signed by Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, Holder’s second in command, that ostensibly prove high-ranking DOJ officials knew about operation Fast and Furious. The DOJ responded with a letter disagreeing with Issa’s characterization of those wiretaps, but said it was “legally prohibited from commenting on the content of sealed court documents,” due to the fact that those documents deal with open criminal investigations and prosecutions.

Issa was undeterred. “Specifically, the Justice Department has refused to turn over critical documents on the grounds that they show internal Department deliberations and were created after February 4, 2011–the date Justice issued a false denial to Congress. Contempt will focus on the failure to provide these post February 4th documents,” Issa said.

Last Thursday, Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee. It is likely Holder’s performance, exhibiting both his evasiveness and his alleged memory lapses regarding the botched gunrunning program, pushed Issa over the edge. Holder has long maintained that he wasn’t aware that guns were walked into Mexico during Fast and Furious until reports became public in early 2011. Holder reiterated that during his testimony, claiming he knew nothing of the operation until nearly three months after Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed by one of the 2,000 firearms lost to alleged Mexican drug cartel members in an attempt to trace gun trafficking. And he continued to insist that Fast and Furious was handled entirely by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) employees, with little oversight at the Justice Department.

One of the most compelling parts of Holder’s testimony included an exchange with Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) regarding an email written by Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein to James Trusty, chief of DOJ’s Organized Crime and Gang Section, in which the words “Fast and Furious” were used. “The email says Fast and Furious, you say it doesn’t. I’ve got it in black and white,” Chaffetz said. Holder insisted the phrase referred to Bush administration operations and later asserted, “I have superior knowledge.”

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  • Bamaguje

    Why go after Holder who is only doing the bidding of his master in the White House?
    Obama should be impeached!!

    • effemall

      You took the words out of my mouth! Words, I've been voicing for two years now.

      • SKIP

        Impeached heLL, he should be executed, along with a lot of congress and senate.

    • aharris

      And if they can indeed figure out how to prove that with smoking gun evidence … what a wonderful October surprise it will be, assuming it hits the so-called news media at all.

    • guest

      Holder, while a muslim, was put in there by clinton. Does he need to go? He is extreme left, like Mussolini, and Hitler with his precious islam religion.

    • bluraven7

      One at a time. Don't worry we'll get to Barry.;0)

  • StephenD

    This is a farce. Having Holder NOT cooperate with the hearings while appearing to cooperate is brilliant. Picture the issue now leading up to the election is…Holder. Instead of the country being focused on the dismal economic record of this Administration, we'll be distracted by one member of it, that isn't even running for office! The Republicans will look like head hunters and the Democrats will have successfully diverted attention from the ugly facts they want buried. Even if it came down to "sacrificing" Holder, if it takes it to the line, it would be worth it to them. After all, America never likes to think it was all one sided and immediately would look for moral equivalence and try to find some substantive issue with the Republicans…again, taking the focus off of the terrible state we are in with the Democrats in power. And we play…just like they want us to.

    • Oleg

      In what sense? There is no brilliance in the man of Eric Holder or from the rest of the Obama administration for that matter. In case you haven't noticed he is no longer APPEARING to co-operate, he comes off as a total obfiscating dolt, especially while attempting to play the "Blame Bush" card which lost traction ages ago. Holder lost sympathy with the public after he attempted to have Gitmo detainees tried on U.S soil a year ago, I doubt he would gain much sympathy after his departments bungling regarding operation Fast and Furious.
      Believe me nothing will take people's attention away from the economy, the fact that the real income of the average american household has dropped 30% since B.O was sworn in will take care of that. People know what they know and this will be added onto the multitude of reasons in people's minds to kick Obama out of office come November.

  • umustbkidding

    Yea Holder is getting contempt charges – so what? Are there any penalties that go with those charges? Or will he just stay in office and continue to operate as usual? Can anyone say Sandy Burger (Clinton's National Security Advisor). He got caught stealing documents from the national archive and nothing happened to him,

    Even when we catch our elected officials doing wrong nothing happens, they have completely insulated themselves from the laws of this country.

  • H&R_ Barack

    ~ Election Cycle Kabuki Theater. Pardon my cynical side.

    No matter how cynical Conservatives become, it's never enough to keep up with reality!

  • tagalog

    I don't know if Eric Holder, as a licensed attorney and an officer of the court, is subject to disbarment for an intentional refusal to obey a subpoena, a court order, but he should be. And six months in a Federal corrections facility is not too much for such a refusal to comply with the subpoena (the Hollywood screenwriters got a year for contempt of Congress back in the HUAC days – and served it) whatever his status with regard to attorney discipline might be.

    And by the way, while the hearing on this is going on, is anyone going to ask the obvious question, namely, what in the name of Heaven ever made these people think that releasing guns to Mexican gangsters was going to lead to arrests and convictions? Who had that bright idea?

    • kasandra

      You're assuming that the goal of Fast and Furious was to lead to the arrest and conviction of Mexican drug lords. I think there's a lot to the theory the administration wanted these guns to be used in heinous crimes and then identified as having come from the U.S. in order to construct a predicate for tougher U.S. gun laws. The regime did spend an awful lot of time prior to Fast and Furious trying to peddle the story that 90% of guns used in Mexican drug killings came from the U.S. only to have that meme disappear when it turned out that it was actually only something like 17% of the guns used in the crimes that could be traced back to the U.S. So they came up with another plan in which the guns were definitely from the U.S. and traceable thanks to their having been provided courtesy of the U.S. government.

      • StephenD

        Kasandra, You are 1000% right. I know it in my gut that this was the intent. It was to be a caveat to an anti-second amendment try.

      • tagalog

        No, I'm wondering when someone in authority is going to hold the feet of Eric Holder and the Department of Justice to the fire. If their reason for releasing instruments of deadly force to Mexican drug lords was to provide political fodder for gun control, let Holder testify to that; if Holder and DOJ had some other reason, let him articulate that in some rational way (if he can, which I doubt).

      • SKIP

        I totally agree with Kasandra, it is lubing the public for the coming efforts to take our guns. The second amenment is why we can keep the others.

        • SKIP

          I'm old and can't spell anymore apparently:)

  • Fred

    Both Barry and Eric (white hater) Holder should be serving time. There is no more justice in America anymore. All of the court cases involving the PHONY BIRTH CERTIFICATE have been thrown out and not heard. What is going on. We cannot redress our grievances in American anymore in the courts. Have our courts, congressman and senators been threatened or paid off?

    • Jim_C

      Barry will definitely serve time. Four more years! Four more years!

      • tagalog

        The time-serving will be done by us if he gets four more years.

      • pagegl

        You're a glutton for punishment.

      • Rifleman

        Aww Jim, you're smarter than that, don't kid yourself.

      • Oleg

        Doesn't seem likely given what just happened in Wisconsin last week, and is going on in Indiana, Ohio, and even New Jersey regarding the crime syndicates known as public service unions and the state labor laws.

        • SKIP

          Don't underestimate the willingness of welfare parasites, ILLEGAL ALIENS, BLACKS and MUSLIMS to work 2 hours every 2 years to keep the freebies coming. They will come to, bail out of jail or sober up long enough to get bussed to the voting booth and vote for whomever will give them free stuff.

  • Western Spirit

    four more years of barry and america will go down the tubes. but a one-world government will replace her and our constitution will be nil. do you want that jim?

    • Jim_C

      I'm willing to bet that your fears are severely exaggerated, WS. As have been most people's criticisms of Obama for the last 4 years. I remember all the inane predictions made on this site in November 2008–NONE of which have come true. But here, it doesn't matter whether they come true–it's the impression that something disastrous/tyrannical happened that counts. Emotional response, not rational response.

      No question Obama could be a better leader. I cringe whenever I hear the number "99%." Those old class politics are, indeed, moronic. But they point to realities that should trouble you and me both: an ever-widening income gap, created by the economic policies of the last 30 years. Exponential wealth for the wealthy; stagnation for a middle class looking at rising health care and college costs.

      The wealthy being wealthy is GOOD, but the policies which got them there? Destructive, unbalanced. Leading to instability, leading to a national security problem. I don't see conservatives even recognizing this. At least democrats do. That they do so poorly, with poorly chosen words is another thing–but at least they do.

      • Oleg

        But rising health care and college tuition costs are the result of the Democrat elite, trial lawyers, Obamacare, not to mention the fact that the majority of College professors and administrators are firmly in the hands of the far left. Why does your party push for the monopolization of health insurance by government ? Why are they against greater competition in health insurence? Why do they push the cost up by mandating coverage of birth control, sex changes, and other unrelated crap? Why do they let the slip and fall lawyers run amok and drive up health insurance costs? If they were truly concerned about health care insurance rates they would let the market work, instead they want to copy the failed policies of Britain and Canada.
        As for the widening income gap that has been the fodder of class warriors for over a century, the concentration of wealth, in real terms, is less and less, there are more millionares and billionares then there ever has been. Compare that to medieval Europe where most of the wealth was concentrated among the nobilty, who gathered it through pillaging or conquest, there they truly had an elite 1 % who were born into the role.

        • Jim_C

          Oleg: good points.

          Re: health care–there was a Republican congressman who had a plan very similar to the democrats'. Didn't go "far enough" but it was reasonable. GOP leaders put the kaibosh on it because their agenda was to mischaracterize "Obamacare" as "s___lism." (FPM censors do not like the s-word). And it was essentially Romney's plan writ large, and Nixon's before that.

          Personally, I share conservative concerns with many things, including health care-by-government (which Obamacare is not). I'd rather see a Swiss system. Health care mandatory, pick a base amount–tax dollars pay for that, but insurance is provided by private companies who cannot profit on that base amount. But these companies can offer upgrades, and other packages, and compete for profit there. So you have government "coercion" but also private profit and competition. I think something like it is inevitable.

          Maybe the income gap is a personal bugaboo, but if it continues to trend I fear something like medieval Europe. The people at the very top will make our gov't a mockery of a democratic republic and the oligarchy we sense now will become more and more real. It's practically already there.

  • sharpsrifle

    An operation such as F&F crosses departmental lines. Military weapons have been passed to the drug gangs, and that wouldn't happen without DoD approval. Because the operation crosses international boundaries, State would have had to be informed in order to keep stories straight. BATFE is part of Treasury, so Geithner would have known…and, of course, Eric the Red wouldn't have authorization to effectively commit an act of war against a sovereign nation on his own. Hussein would have also had to sign off on this bastard plan.

    The Mexican government wants to exradite those responsible for the deaths of 200-plus Mexican citizens, and I agree. We SHOULD extradite Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner, Leon Panetta and his predecessor, Eric Holder and (mmmm mmmm mmmm) Barack Hussein Obama. Let them face Mexican justice for their crimes. At least there they'd get what they deserve, not "Club Fed," or a total pass…which is what they'd get here.

    • reason1984

      The Mexican government has muted its call for extraditions in face of the State Department's threat to "withhold" $500 million in aid money (Merida Initiative), hush money if you will.

  • PDK

    If Eric Holder were a republican, or if his name were Nixon, he would already have been forced to leave office or pay the price.

    Eric Holder has shown himself to be an anti-American, black racist thug. Obviously this is why Obama "only had eyes" for Holder as AG.

    Unbelievably, Holder and the DoJ have gone after Joe Arpio who has done a decent and fine job for Maricopa county, Arizona as their Sheriff. Joe has done his job well, while Holder has turned the DoJ into an attack dog of the racist black ideology of blame whitey, which BTW, puts him in good standing with the other black racist up there, one Barac Hussein Obama, the anti-American Messianic President.

    Further, Sheriff Joe Arpio is an elected official, Holder was appointed by Obama.

    I hope Issa and the republicans take that racist, thug in a suit, and force him to capitulate under threat of prison time.

    The Obama administration, Obama, Holder and Napalitano are an abomination upon America. They make me sick.

    One and done! Nobama 2012, vote republican. Thank you.

  • reason1984

    "…2,000 firearms lost to alleged Mexican drug cartel members in an attempt to trace gun trafficking."

    There was no effort to trace the weapons walked during Holder's criminal conspiracy known as Fast and Furious. The article also points out various examples of Holder's misfeasance while in office, including the reduction of charges after the New Black Panther Party's voter intimidation convictions.

    What is glaringly left out is the refusal of Holder's Department of Injustice to continue phase two of the Holy Land Foundation terrorism funding prosecutions of the "unindicted co-conspirators" including CAIR, even though federal judges have indicated there was ample evidence to do so.

  • VivalaMigra

    The federal gov't was already corrupt after 16 years of Slick Willie and El Presidente Jorge Boosh! So, Barry Hussein Soetoro and Eric the Red's task of turning it into a slush fund for crony capitalism and anti-white racism was that much easier. It will take generations to rid the bureaucracy of the crooks that have been imbedded. The question is: Does America have that much time, even presuming we can find honest leadership anymore?