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Gunrunner: John Boehner sends Eric Holder a letter demanding answers on Fast and Furious

May 20, 2012

  John Boehner, Eric Cantor, Kevin McCarthy, and Darrell Issa have sent a letter to Eric Holder demanding answers to the questions of who planned the deadly Fast and Furious operation and did the Department of Injustice intentionally mislead the Congress while under oath?

“[T]wo key questions remain unanswered: first, who on your leadership team was informed of the reckless tactics used in Fast & Furious prior to Agent Terry’s murder; and, second, did your leadership team mislead or misinform Congress in response to a Congressional subpoena?” they asked Holder.

  Eric Holder has not fully cooperated with the investigation, if he has not answered the questions after a year of investigation he is not going to answer the questions now. The time for talk is over, the time for action is now! We have seen this before, Darrell Issa and Charles Grassley threaten Eric Holder with Contempt of Congress but back down when Eric Holder misses the stated deadline in order to give him one more chance to comply willingly. We have seen how well that has worked so it won’t be surprising if Eric Holder doesn’t take this latest threat seriously. What good does it do to draw a line in the sand if you are immediately going to erase that line and draw a new one further down on the beach?

   There may be reason for hope this time however as, if I am not mistaken, this is the first time that the House Speaker has actually engaged Eric Holder directly. This could be a sign that the impending Contempt charge is drawing closer to becoming a reality. Perhaps this is the final formality before the House moves forward and finally charges Eric Holder with Contempt of Congress.

  At least I hope so, but I am not holding my breath because we have heard these threats before and they haven’t come to fruition. I am growing more and more impatient with this process so forgive me if I sound a little skeptical but it is time to either put up or shut up, it is time for the House Republicans to put their money where their mouths are and charge Eric Holder with Contempt in the near future or stop wasting our time with an issue they don’t have the courage to pursue to the bitter end.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. catherine permalink
    May 20, 2012 8:23 pm

    If this was one of us we would be put in all ready.Some how they are above the law.


    • catherine permalink
      May 20, 2012 8:43 pm

      I meant in jail all ready.


    • May 20, 2012 9:17 pm

      The sad part about this whole thing is that they ARE the law!


  2. May 20, 2012 8:40 pm

    This has gone on way too long,imo. I hope you are right about it being the final formallity; nut I’m not sure Boehner has the back bone to charge Holder with contempt.


    • May 20, 2012 9:19 pm

      All I have is hope at this time, but I am losing that as time goes on. This should have been a done deal by now, but maybe Issa and Boehner are making sure they don’t miss anything that could end up hurting the case.


    • lou222 permalink
      May 24, 2012 3:39 pm

      Jim, if one can call what Eric Holder is doing “cooperating”, then I guess he has with very limited redacted papers. I just can’t see Boehner doing much to move things along, I have little faith in this going much further, but guess they are showing a bit of muscle at this time. However, it is a little too late, they should have hit hard to begin with and not given any room to wiggle. It is like being a landlord, if you show a soft side, it is very easy to be taken advantage of, and after all aren’t we the “landlords” of this government? Maybe we should take a stronger stand, is it too late? When you have issues with your renters, you evict them, maybe it is time to do the same to the ones in office.


      • May 24, 2012 8:04 pm

        I also have little hope that this is going to go any further and it is a shame because this could be the biggest scandal in US history. It will be up to us to rid ourselves of these criminals.


  3. Anonymous permalink
    May 20, 2012 8:44 pm

    It is so telling that when Bush fired some justice dept lawyhers which he had every right to, the left went nuts. The house asks some legit questions of the justice department and the justice dept tells them to get screwed.


    • May 20, 2012 9:19 pm

      That is a great point and I remember that uproar and yet they are silent now.


  4. Peter McCullough permalink
    May 20, 2012 9:26 pm

    Have no doubt that Holder will piss on Boner and tell him it’s raining.


    • May 21, 2012 6:40 am

      And Boehner will just get out the unbrella and let it happen.


      • May 22, 2012 3:07 pm

        *SIGH* Indeed.


  5. May 21, 2012 12:40 pm

    John Boehner sends Eric Holder a letter demanding answers on Fast and Furious…

    Well that oughta scare Holder into doing RIGHT…

    Were there any *tear stains* on Boners letter??


    • May 21, 2012 8:03 pm

      I just don’t have any faith in Boehner either, this should have already happened and the rumors are that Boehner is the one who has delayed any action.


  6. May 22, 2012 3:08 pm

    My comment is to suggest termination from his job. With extreme prejudice.


    • May 22, 2012 11:16 pm




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