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