Gunrunner: Darrell Issa moves forward with contempt charges against Eric Holder, will hold vote on June 20th
After an investigation which has lasted over a year and a half, and despite Eric Holder’s attempt to stonewall the investigation, Darrell Issa is finally moving forward with contempt charges against Eric Holder. The Oversight Committee will vote on June 20th on whether of not to hold Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress and send the charges to the Congress for a full vote on the floor.
And contrary to the earlier reports which speculated that not only was John Boehner not willing to support this action but was working to slow down Darrell Issa’s investigation due to a pending deal between he and Eric Holder, John Boehner has given his blessing to this action:
The Justice Department is out of excuses,” Mr. Boehner said in a statement Monday morning. “Either the Justice Department turns over the information requested, or Congress will have no choice but to move forward with holding the Attorney General in contempt for obstructing an ongoing investigation
With a Republican majority in the Oversight Committee is appears all but certain that contempt charges will be brought against Eric Holder and the resolution will be brought to the floor for a full vote, but how will that vote turn out? We have no way of knowing at this point, but Darrell Issa believes he will have the support of at least 31 Democrats:
The real question is, we’re opening up the data that we have to all the members, so as they start reading specifics of what we know was known and was hidden from Congress, and what we’d like to know and been denied, how many of the Democrats will vote with us,” Issa said after speaking at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York. “I expect we’ll have about 31 Democrats with us
Darrell Issa has been very careful in bringing these charges against Eric Holder, threatening him several times before backing down–probably because he just didn’t have enough evidence–but that all changed last week when a whistleblower provided him with some of the documents Eric Holder had been unwilling to relinquish. These documents tied a top level Department of Injustice official–who reported to Eric Holder on a daily basis–to the deadly scandal and an emboldened Darrell Issa began ratcheting up the rhetoric because he finally had the proof he needed.
Even though these documents clearly mentioned Fast and Furious Eric Holder claimed under oath that the documents didn’t refer to THAT Fast and Furious but rather something else. He is clearly lying at this point and now Darrell Issa is turning up the pressure on the president to step in while comparing Fast and Furious to the Iran/Contra scandal:
I would hope that the president would second-guess the man that he says he has full faith and confidence in, and tell him that it’s time to deliver reasonable documents
This is like Iran Contra, like Watergate, and other embarrassments over the years,” Issa said. “The major embarrassment is the delay in being honest and open about it. It’s not about something really dumb got done. Dumb things happen in government. But when the GSA did dumb things, once it became public we saw a pretty quick change, certainly Secret Service we saw an even quicker change
Darrell Issa hit the nail on the head when he brings up the Secret Service scandal: The Obama regime acted swiftly in regards to the Secret Service scandal and people were held accountable almost immediately, yet supposedly the Department of Injustice has been conducting an internal investigation on Fast and Furious for over one year and they haven’t made any headway–it is quite suspicious indeed.
Darrell Issa has documents which show the Department of Injustice was involved in Fast and Furious, and in fact the agency was debating the political fallout from the scandal and discussing ways to spin the scandal to make it less damaging, and yet Eric Holder is still denying this is what the emails contained and the president is still standing by his man.
Why is Barack Obama so unwilling to throw Eric Holder under the bus, and why is Eric Holder remaining defiant in light of these recent documents? I think the answer is obvious–Eric Holder is likely protecting someone, and that person is Barack Obama himself.
The media has gone out of its way for the most part to ignore this brewing scandal but with contempt charges looming against the top law enforcement agent in the nation it seems unlikely that the media will be able to ignore the story much longer. This will bring the scandal into the homes of many Americans who are unaware of this scandal simply because they rely on the mainstream media for their news. This now has the potential of blowing up in the face of Eric Holder and becoming a political nightmare for the president , but with hundreds of dead Mexicans as well as two dead Americans political fallout should be the least of their concerns.