Congressman Issa and the House Committee investigating Eric Holder and the Fast and Furious scandal has given Holder until Memorial Day weekend to cough up the rest of the 80,000 documents, emails and memos regarding their investigation.
Waiting in the wings is a contempt of Congress charge against Holder.
Last week, Utah Congressman, Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the Oversight in Government Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations introduced an amendment to the Justice Department’s appropriations bill to cut dollars from the DOJ budget and another measure which would cut $1 million dollars from the DOJ over its stonewalling and stall tactics regarding Fast and Furious.
Said Chaffitz, “You shouldn’t be using federal taxpayer dollars to lie to Congress.”
The vote on the measures passed, 381-41 and all of the 41 are Democrats.
This, of course means, there are 41 liberals in the House who believe that the DOJ and Eric Holder have every right TO use taxpayer money to lie to Congress.
That is shameful at every level and at every turn.
Congressman Chaffetz also stated, “Congress has got to stand up for itself. It has to hold the DOJ accountable and they need to fulfill that subpoena. We were trying to reaffirm that the whole notion that the administration needs to come clean on Fast and Furious with that amendment.”
Chaffetz stood tall on the floor and delivered a stern lecture.
Perhaps a more appropriate question rather than, “Where are the guts in this body to stand up and say, “we’re not going to put up with that,” would be, “Where are the guts of Republican leadership in this body to file contempt of Congress charges against Eric Holder?”
We are now hearing that Republican leadership may be reluctant to file those charges and the reason for that reluctance is nothing but fear.
One GOP aide has suggested to Roll Call there is also concern that going after Holder, the first black attorney general under the first black president and that a racial backlash against Republicans could result. That aide added, “Especially after Trayvon.”
How true this aide’s remarks are is, at this point, unknown but, should there be ANY truth to it, the fear of House leadership to be labeled racist over that which is clearly everything BUT racist is as shameful as the Fast and Furious operation and it’s cover up put together.
If House leadership, Speaker Boehner, allows himself and, therefore, the House itself, to be held hostage to false charges, then Boehner has no business in that leadership role.
It would also send a clear message that this administration can get away with anything it wants, regardless of its outcome, up to and including intentionally lying to congress, covering up failed and disastrous operations, ignoring Congressional subpoenas, arming Mexican drug cartels, and murder as long as this administration plays the race card.
The message which must be sent instead is that the founders and framers intentionally provided the weakest powers to the Executive branch to avert the very sort of situations we now face.
The investigation into Fast and furious, regardless of Holder’s own words, “This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him,” Holder said, according to the Times. “Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American,” is not a matter of black or white but right and wrong.
Laws have been broken. An operation allowing weapons to walk into cartel hands has taken place. International treaties may well have been broken. More than 200 people from both sides of the border are dead because of it. At least 1 and possibly 2 United States agents have been murdered because of it. False information regarding it has been provided to Congress. The Justice Department and Eric Holder have stalled the investigation. Congressional subpoenas have been intentionally ignored. More than 80,000 documents have been ordered turned over to the Committee of which barely over 7,000 have been delivered.
As the proposed contempt charges deal specifically with Holder’s attempts to cover up the operation by purposefully denying to Congress what they have subpoenaed, color is not, in even the least bit, a consideration.
Since Holder started stonewalling this investigation, more than a year has passed. Clearly, he has and continues to show contempt.
Now, a deadline has been presented and it is up to Speaker Boehner to enforce that deadline. Speaker Boehner will either enforce it on June 1st and give the go ahead for the filing of those contempt charges or he will attempt to sidestep the deadline, offering Holder more time and/or ask the Committee for more details or more evidence.
As the contempt charges deal directly with stonewalling, why then would a stalling tactic by the House Speaker be any different? At that point, why couldn’t Holder simply say that he is doing nothing that the House leadership isn’t doing?
If Boehner resists or hesitates in giving the okay for filing contempt charges, the 130-some-odd Members of Congress who have advocated the firing of Holder should march to the Speaker’s office and demand to know why?
Anyone, in a leadership position or otherwise who would claim to be hesitant because of such transparently false allegations as “it might be considered a racial witch hunt” either needs their head examined, or they are providing cover for something else.
There are 3 options here.
1) Holder forks over everything the committee has demanded and that seems unlikely.
2) Contempt of Congress charges will be filed against Holder shortly after the Memorial Day deadline passes.
3) Regarding Fast and Furious, we will see a Slow and Curious mass cover your ass maneuver by Speaker Boehner.
If it comes to the third option, Boehner should be removed from his position, a new speaker named and should dirty tactics be employed by Holder which would exposes corruption on either side of the aisle, let the chips fall where they may.