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Contemptible Attorney General Found In Contempt Of Congress

Posted on | April 27, 2012 | 18 Comments

by Smitty


Republican House leaders are finally holding Attorney General Eric Holder accountable for some of his actions. Representative Darrell Issa, 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 John Boehner’s office and he gave them permission to move ahead. Finally!

Three cheers for the House GOP for getting to where they should have been, oh, months ago.

Update: Or not. That’s OK, Eric: you can rest assured that most Americans have less respect for your record than a urinal cake.


18 Responses to “Contemptible Attorney General Found In Contempt Of Congress”

  1. Christy Waters
    April 27th, 2012 @ 2:26 pm

    Eric Holder makes Joe Biden look competent.

  2. jwallin
    April 27th, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

    That’s RAAAAACIST!!

  3. richard mcenroe
    April 27th, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    Hang in there.  Boehner’s second testicle may descend yet…

  4. ThePaganTemple
    April 27th, 2012 @ 3:07 pm

    This could bring the entire Obama Administration crashing down if Issa does get what he needs, or somebody credible comes forward. This could lead not only to the Oval Office, but Clinton and State, and the UN. 

  5. Adjoran
    April 27th, 2012 @ 3:12 pm

    Holding a Cabinet officer in contempt is an extraordinary step.  If the House didn’t do everything it possibly could short of voting contempt, it would be liable to charges of political grandstanding, which would be accurate.

    When the AG has been given every opportunity to comply with lawful requests for documents and still refuses, contempt becomes appropriate.

    Issa and Boehner have done an admirable job in this case so far, but it will require a special prosecutor in the end to investigate it fully – too many DOJ personnel are too deeply involved.  Still, it will probably be next year before we get the whole story – IF Romney is elected.  If Obama wins, he will fight it tooth and nail and drag it out as long as he can.

    Because Holder’s involvement is already established.  The only reason he hasn’t been fired is because he knows and/or has evidence that Obama was advised early on, possibly before making the “working under the radar” remark about gun control to the Brady group.

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  7. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 27th, 2012 @ 4:29 pm
  8. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    April 27th, 2012 @ 4:30 pm
  9. Bob Belvedere
    April 27th, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    Your update is, of course, disheartening, but not in any way unexpected.

    Hey Issa!…enough already…grow a pair and do the Goddamn right thing.

  10. Adobe_Walls
    April 27th, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    There is no way Holder gets fired for one thing there is no reason to believe the WH and DoJ wouldn’t just ignore the contempt citation indefinitely. Obama will ignore/stonewall this till at least after the election. Who would he appoint, Hillary? Can you imagine what would come out at the nomination hearings? If it was decided that Holder had to go Obamsky would wait until a recess and make the appointment then.
    Neither the congress nor the judiciary have the power to enforce it’s writ. How many times did the administration ignore judicial rulings that the Gulf moratoriums were illegal? Why do we suppose Obamsky has already started making the case that the Supreme Court is just another wingnut group hijacked by conservatives that he is forced to govern by fiat because the congress has been overthrown by the extreme right?
    At the update link it confirmed that the citation has been written but not issued. I don’t think the Republican leadership is ready to engage the Bolsheviks in the constitutional crises issuing the citation will trigger.

  11. Adobe_Walls
    April 27th, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Your one commenter chickenlittle writes suite?

  12. SDN
    April 27th, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

     Exactly. The Obama Gang’s response, condensed, will be:

    “Fuck you. When you get 67 Senators to confirm an impeachment, we’ll talk. Maybe. Or maybe we’ll just sit here and wait to blame you for causing the chaos that removing us from office by force will cause. Because you guys are the ones with principles, look what you made us do.”

  13. Adjoran
    April 28th, 2012 @ 2:51 am

     Drafting the complaint is a step in the process, a shot across the bow, as it were.

    The Courts have rejected previous attempts by the Executive to avoid complying with the contempt law, which requires the US Attorney for DC to impanel a grand jury to consider the charges. 

    There is a Constitutional argument to be made, which has not been definitively resolved, about compelling the USATTY to act being outside congressional power, but so far the Courts have stood with Congress, on the basic theory that the law means what the lawmaker (Congress) says it means, and the Executive is constitutionally required to execute the law.

    While SCOTUS has no army, no President has defied its order since Andrew Jackson, in turning over Cherokee land to speculators.

  14. Adjoran
    April 28th, 2012 @ 2:57 am

     Issa has no authority to issue a writ.  He needs a majority of the House, and that means demonstrating his Committee has made every effort to obtain the information sought through less drastic means.

    Just because the current regime is the worst ever, and the most abusive of its power ever, is not adequate reason to disregard the established processes.  These conflicts are nothing new at all, there have been about dozen which have reached the courts (or been resolved just before) in the last 40 years.

  15. SDN
    April 28th, 2012 @ 7:08 am

     WRONG! Abraham Lincoln repeatedly defied SCOTUS orders, especially on habeas corpus, during the Civil War.

  16. Adobe_Walls
    April 28th, 2012 @ 11:31 am

    Wasn’t Jackson a Democrat?
    Neither SCOTUS nor congress have an army or LE at their disposal and the current US Attorney for the DC district is an Obamsky appointee, no doubt selected for his politically correct views as well as his political reliability. In theory I suppose the Capital Police are under congressional control but I doubt they’ll arrest Holder. I take as a given that Boehner won’t call for volunteers and even if Gov. McDonnell were willing the VA national guard would refuse to March. It really is a pisser to have authority with no power. To save face on both sides and avert a constitutional crises backroom negotiations are no doubt in progress.
    It’s a pity we the people don’t have a well regulated militia.

  17. Adobe_Walls
    April 28th, 2012 @ 11:34 am

    I submit that before we can be rid of this regime we will indeed have to disregard a good many “established” processes.

  18. M. Thompson
    April 28th, 2012 @ 3:28 pm

    The best vengeance is slow and lets you savor your foe’s pain.