Are House Republicans preparing contempt charges against Eric Holder or not?
Earlier today, as I was perusing the internet looking for stories to write about, I came across a story at The Daily Caller entitled “Issa, Boehner at odds over holding Holder in contempt of Congress” and I decided this would be a great story to write about, but something happened between the time I read the article and the time when I sat down to write about it–the story disappeared from The Daily Caller.
It was being reported that Darrell Issa was preparing the citation to hold Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress on several internet news outlets, but only The Daily Caller had a story about an apparent rift between Darrell Issa and John Boehner and now that story is gone, but when I went back to The Daily Caller I found that there was now a new edited version of the story.
Luckily I found the original version of the story on yahoo news and you can read it here and once you read that version you can read the new version of the story here, interestingly enough the new version of the story does mention the fact they originally reported about the possible rift between Issa and Boehner even though they edited it out of the new version.
The House Republicans are now saying that there are no immediate contempt charges being filed against Eric Holder and reports that charges are imminent are inaccurate, and that is the gist of the new version of the story at The Daily Caller. So what is going on here?
It appears as if Darrell Issa is drawing up the papers to be prepared in the event that House leadership agrees to move forward on contempt charges, and it appears to me as if John Boehner may indeed be an obstacle here as he has not yet committed to a decision on moving forward with contempt charges and Darrell Issa needs the leadership in the House onboard if anything is going to come from this.
I believe the original article on The Daily Caller was correct; there is a rift between Darrell Issa and John Boehner and once it leaked to the media the House Republicans went into full CYA mode and banded together by stating that this was still in the deliberation process and no decision had yet been made at this time. This might in fact be true but it is only true because John Boehner is delaying the decision in my opinion.
Interestingly enough I think my theory is proven in the last paragraph of the original article from The Daily Caller:
Boehner has not called for Holder’s resignation, nor has he been vocal about Fast and Furious save for a few times saying he backed Issa’s push for accountability. Some have speculated that Boehner put the brakes on Fast and Furious accountability momentum building late last year into early this year but Boehner’s staff vehemently denies those accusations.
Back on February 5th I wrote a post on the possibility that John Boehner was slowing down Darrell Issa’s investigation because he had already struck a deal on the Fast and Furious scandal, and now we have a report of a rift between Issa and Boehner on the contempt charges. A report which the House Republicans moved quickly to discredit and one has to wonder if these reports are true.
John Boehner has been talking a good game lately now that he is facing a tough primary challenge from a Tea Party Republican, but the fact is that he was a terrible House majority leader who was out maneuvered by Democrats on many issues and his rhetoric doesn’t quite match his accomplishments.
I believe the only reason contempt charges have not been leveled against Eric Holder is because there is an internal struggle between Darrell Issa, who is trying to get to the bottom of this, and John Boehner, who is trying to play nice with the Democrats, and this in just one more reason why John Boehner needs to be removed from the speakership if the Republicans manage to hold on to the House in November.