The Contemptible Eric Holder


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Today the House of Representatives will decide whether or not to find Attorney General Eric holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents in the gunrunning scandal known as Fast and Furious. A pair of eleventh-hour meetings between White House officials and Republicans at the Justice Department (DOJ) and the White House attempting to avert the showdown were not fruitful. The DOJ showed GOP staffers 14 documents a senior administration official characterized as a “representative sample” of what Republican had been seeking. At one of the meetings, DOJ officials reportedly offered to provide all the documents requested if Republicans would drop contempt proceedings. That offer was rejected.

“The documents that were shown today did not shed any meaningful new light on the questions and interactions that took place at the Justice Department,” a Republican official told the Associated Press. White House spokesman Eric Schultz contended otherwise. ”This was a good faith effort to resolve this while still protecting the institutional prerogatives of the Executive Branch, often championed by these same Republicans criticizing us right now,” he said. “Unfortunately Republicans have opted for political theater rather than conduct legitimate Congressional oversight.” White House spokesman Jay Carney echoed that sentiment, contending the public would view the vote as “political theater” and “gamesmanship,” and that the administration’s offer would have provided “unprecedented access” to the relevant documents.

Yet even as the White House and its media surrogates attempted to paint today’s vote as a completely partisan one, Wednesday morning revealed a different picture. At least four Democrats said they planned to break ranks with their party and support a contempt citation against Mr. Holder. The four are more conservative-leaning members of their party who are facing tight races in their respective districts. Yet they may only be the beginning of a far larger defection. Sources told Fox News that approximately 20 Democrats are likely to break ranks with president Obama, due in large part to his claim of executive privilege over the withheld documents.

Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) explained his reasoning. “While Republicans and Democrats argue over the scope of the people’s right to know what happened, the attorney general has decided to withhold relevant documents,” he said. “The only way to get to the bottom of what happened is for the Department of Justice to turn over the remaining documents, so that we can work together to ensure this tragedy never happens again.” Jim Matheson (D-UT) was equally forthright. “Sadly, it seems that it will take holding the attorney general in contempt to communicate that evasiveness is unacceptable. It is a vote I will support.” Mr. Matheson further contended that Congress, the public and parents of slain Border Agent Brian Terry “deserve answers.”  Reps. Nick Rahall (D-WVA) and Collin Peterson (D-MN) joined Mr. Barrow and Mr. Matheson in announcing their intention to vote for contempt.

Two factors may have influenced defecting Democrats. On Tuesday, Darrell Issa (D-CA) chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leading the investigation into Fast and Furious, upped the political ante even further, sending a seven-page letter to president Obama. “Either you or your most senior advisers were involved in managing Operation Fast and Furious and the fallout from it, including the false Feb. 4, 2011 letter provided by the attorney general to the committee,” Issa wrote. “Or, you are asserting a presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation.”

White House spokesman Eric Schultz’s defense of Mr. Obama’s actions sounded less than convincing. “The courts have routinely considered deliberative process privilege claims and affirmed the right of the executive branch to invoke the privilege even when White House documents are not involved.” That is true, but Fast and Furious was an operation responsible for the death of Agent Terry, hundreds of Mexican civilians, and quite likely Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata as well. Perhaps the stonewalling of critical evidence in an operation that produced hundreds of murders trumps partisan politics for some Democrats.

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  • RASTASMG

    THE DAY IN THE COURT OF SUPREME COURT….AND CONGRESS HAS ARRIVED….NO MAN IS ABOVE THE LAW OF CONSTITUTION AND A JURY OF PEERS..

  • Steve Redder

    This decision is going to create a fire storm. I hope the repubs have a response .

  • Spider

    When Eric Holder first got into office he said "I'm going after the Bush administration" not "I'm going to protect the American people by making sure the law is enforced" He also said he wanted to put the CIA agent heroes who interrogated KSM in prison for doing what was necessary to protect the country from another attack with weapons of mass destruction (airplanes). Then he was part of a scheme to prove to the world that yes most guns used by the cartels in Mexico really are coming from the U.S so he could put through draconian gun bans around the country.Then he lied to congress about his involvement. If he wasn't involved then who was? This is why he deserves exactly what he gets – hopefully resignation, impeachment or even prison time. It looks like his chickens have come home to roost as Jerimiah Right used to say.

  • PhillipGaley

    Yeah, . . . I would say that, Holder is contemptible, . . . c-o-n-t-e-m-p-t-i-b-l-e, . . . and, Xavier Becerra, and that one Rep. (At the moment, I forget his name.) who wonders why Congress doesn't hold hearings concerning the radicalization of Christian Caucasian women, . . . as always, throughout history has occurred, we need a good war, . . . in which a lotta the bad people are simply swept away, . . .

  • EthanP

    On CNN, Solidad O'brien had a journalist (sorry, I forget her name) who claims that no guns walked. This despite the fact that Holder et al say they did. Could this be a new Left wing strategy?
    As for the Idea that Fast & Furious was to be an effort to gain traction for gun control. I know pundits a laughing at the idea. This includes Bill O'Rielly. Yet there are apparently Emails. And this idea was first broached by CBS and the LA Times, neither of which are gun friendly organizations.

  • BLJ

    Me + Louisville Slugger Bat + Holders head = Nirvana

    • amused

      …and you'll still have guns walking to Mexico , because the good citizens of Arizona , can legally ,and anxiously DO sell guns to whomsoever they wish , with the full knowledge of WHERE those guns will be going , to transfer sales to whoever the buyers wish to transfer to , in effect Arizona facilitates the straw sales going on ,and then uses as an excuse " well if the borders were secured , there would be no problem . What they do , is infact PERFECTLY LEGAL in Arizona , making it impossible for ATF to arrest ANYONE purchasing or transferring weapons . They had to PROVE WHERE THE weapons were going before probable cause could be used io make the arrests in Arizona,in order to do THAT , weapons had to walk / yea the ATF botched it but only to a degree , and if a US Agent hadn't been killed , no one would give a rat's arse . But the Re[ublicans now have a " cause celbre " to pursue according to their original agenda .

  • pierce

    The only thing I don't understand is why Holder has lasted this long. It must be because Obama has either tunnel
    vision, or has blinders on. Obama just can't be as stupid as he is appearing to be. In either event Holder and Obama have something big to hide to be this uncooperative. The only way to get an answer is the one on the table, Contempt of Congress, for they are both showing contempt for the American people. The evidence is piling up, remember this come November, but what bothers me is" Are the American people stupid or don't they care?"

    • aharris

      Let's be realisitic here. Obama pitches anyone who becomes a political liability. At this point in time, Holder would be gone if Obama could safely throw him under the bus. We all know it. So, since Holder isn't under the bus, the big question is … what's he hiding and how damaging is it?

  • lovethyneighbor

    nothing is going to happen because the "fast and furious scandal" is not really a scandal, read this weeks edition of Fortune magazine. The so-called "scandal" is nonsense cooked up by the gun lobby.

    • BLJ

      Yeah and I can sell you the Brooklyn Bridge. Real cheap.

      • Jim_C

        Still…nothing is going to happen. Bank on it.

        • BLJ

          You may be correct, but that does not mean that Holder is not an evil man.

    • amused

      Ahhhh ! I knew there was SOMEONE with a functioning brain around here .P.S. dont let BLJ rile you , he's an idiot on whom his own advice should be inflicted with a Louisville Slugger

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Holder needs to go. But we know that Boehner is in the pocket of Obama and those golf outings.

    So, they will put on a show to distract us then do what they want anyhow.

    Like the supreme court has done this session. Ask question so we know they understand the issues they later ignore.

  • H&R_ Barack

    RE: "The Contemptible Eric Hold Himself’s Corrupt Agenda…"

    ….Obama & Eric Hold Himself''s administration, – IS A HATE GROUP.

    • http://www.theblaze.com Dennis Metz

      of course it is a hate group and they protected the black panthers

  • Steve Chavez

    MEXICAN OFFICIAL DEMAND TO EXTRADITE ANY AND ALL U.S. OFFICIALS INVOLVED.

    Obama, and Holder, bypass our laws to appease their ILLEGAL AMIGOS in Mexico so we need to appease Mexican officials by handing over Holder, and eventually Obama, so they can be with their AMIGOS. Do they allow K-Y in Mexican prisons?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    Holder is guilty of contempt of Congress and Obama of contempt of America and both are
    congenital liars. There has been enough governmnt robbery of American citizens, scamming
    the population into continuous hard times, the Congress, the Courts and Obama Administration
    scammers they are all part of the Great American Scam, Vote in a new Administration, and
    entrely new Congress and impeach the Supreme Court which as Roberts has shown us,
    it always has a leftist fixer imbedded to politicise law rather than uphold the Constitution.
    William

  • mrbean

    The Black Caucus plans on playing the race card by walking out during the voting for contempt of Congress. Typical of all blacks at all levels. In Congress it is now " It awl dah white man fault dey dun beez keepin him down" Just like the Prez: "It awl dat white man Bush fault cause he dun beez keepin meh down" yonowatahsayin'.

    • Ghostwriter

      mrbean,not all blacks are like what you say. That is ridiculous and stupid. And,your "Amos n' Andy" routine is still unfunny.

      • Amused

        just mr.bean being the idiot he's advertised to be .

  • http://www.theblaze.com Dennis Metz

    The only thing I don't understand is why Holder has lasted this long. It must be because Obama has either tunnel
    vision, or has blinders on. Obama just can't be as stupid as he is appearing to be. In either event Holder and Obama have something big to hide to be this uncooperative. The only way to get an answer is the one on the table, Contempt of Congress, for they are both showing contempt for the American people. The evidence is piling up, remember this come November, but what bothers me is" Are the American people stupid or don't they care?"

    blacks will protect other blacks no matter what, they do not care about the United States of America, they care about the black cacus , blacks have made deals with the devil. any black knows he is protected by other blacks so he can commit any crime he wishes, why do you think any juror with blacks on it find it very difficult to find a po black guilty.

    • Ghostwriter

      Not all blacks think the way you say,Dennis. That's as dumb and bigoted as I've ever heard anyone say.

  • ross1948

    If Holder is contemptible, what does that make his Puppeteer?
    http://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/06/28/fa

  • pierce

    One of the poorest appointments that BHO has made. Reflects the racist views of the President, and in fact is a racist himself.