Truth Alliance Newsletter Signup
     Follow Us   |   Truth Alliance RSS Link     Truth Alliance Facebook Link     Truth Alliance Channel     Truth Alliance Live Documentaries
  Archive > News
Search

House GOP to distribute draft contempt citation against Eric Holder over "gunwalking"

By Sharyl Attkisson | CBS | May 3, 2012


Attorney General Eric Holder (Credit: AP)

(CBS News) Republicans on the House Oversight Committee were to take the first formal step Thursday toward contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" operation, CBS News has learned.

The case for a citation declaring Holder in contempt will be laid out in a briefing paper and 48-page draft citation distributed to Democrats and Republicans on the committee. CBS News has obtained copies of both documents. In them, Republican members use strong language to accuse Holder of obstructing the committee's investigation, which is now in its second year.

The documents allege that the Justice Department has issued, "false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents, and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence before acknowledging uncomfortable facts."

Gov't answers CBS News "Fast and Furious" records requests with blank pages
Republicans prep contempt citation against Holder over Fast and Furious
ATF let "gunwalking" suspect go after arrest

"The Justice Department's demonstrable contempt for the congressional investigation has inflicted harm on the people of two nations seeking the truth - and very pointedly on the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ATF whistleblowers who now face retaliation in the wake of their own heroic efforts to expose wrongdoing," says the brief to be distributed Thursday.

For its part, the Justice Department says it has complied with the congressional investigations, led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).

"We've done twice-a-month (document) productions since last year, and the Attorney General has testified about this matter no less than seven times," a Justice official tells CBS News.

There have been at least three House contempt actions against the Executive Branch in the past 30 years.

In 1983, Congress found EPA administrator Anne Gorsuch Burford in contempt for failing to produce subpoenaed documents.

In 1998, the GOP-controlled House Oversight committee found Attorney General Janet Reno in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena on campaign finance law violations.

In 2008, the Democrat-controlled House found former White House counsel Harriet Miers and Chief of Staff John Bolton in contempt for failing to cooperate with an inquiry into whether a purge of federal prosecutors was politically motivated.

In 2008, the Democratic-led Oversight Committee found two White House officials in contempt in the probe of Bush Administration firings of U.S. Attorneys. Congress went to federal court to seek enforcement of that contempt action, but a compromise was reached with the Executive Branch before any court decision was final.


Related

NY restrictions on bullet sales start Wednesday
U.S. Government and Top Mexican Drug Cartel Exposed as Partners
MSNBC Associates Duck Dynasty Gun Line with Mass Shootings
Colo. Democrats blamed for $80M hit to economy by pushing out gun firm Magpul
Australian police find 328 guns, 4.2 tons of ammo at farm
PCSO arrest man deported 10 times
Judge: DHS Complicit in Human Trafficking that Helps Fund Drug Cartels
Non-citizens caught voting in 2012 presidential election in key swing state
Colorado Shooting over in 80 Seconds because of Armed School Resource Officer
San Francisco Gives Gunowners 90 Days To Turn In Magazines

Tags

Mexico, Eric Holder, Guns, GOP, Fast and Furious, Contempt

Comments
Only registered users may post comments.
TruthAlliance.net
Email Address:  
Distributions

Subscribe

© Copyright 2007-2013 Truth Alliance inc. All Rights Reserved