Pressure for Holder contempt vote mounts

| May 18 2012

Editor’s note: Here is the main story in the Daily Caller, and below are two press releases. How long can the administration hold out?

 

Quayle press release:

Quayle and Five Other House Judiciary Freshmen Call for Leadership Action on Holder Contempt Resolution 

WASHINGTON (DC) – Five Freshmen Republican members of the House Judiciary Committee joined with Rep. Ben Quayle in calling on Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy to immediately bring a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder to the House Floor for a vote.

Representatives Ben Quayle (R-AZ), Tim Griffin (R-AR), Sandy Adams (R-FL), Tom Marino (R-PA), Dennis Ross (R-FL) and Trey Gowdy (R-SC) made clear their desire for House action to immediately hold Attorney General Holder to account for his evasion and attempts to mislead Congress.

The text of the letter can be found below, and a PDF of the letter is attached.

Letter to House Leadership:

Dear Speaker Boehner, Majority Leader Cantor, and Majority Whip McCarthy:

We write to you as freshman members of the House Judiciary Committee to urge you to bring a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder to the House Floor for a vote.

Eric Holder was the Attorney General when U.S. border patrol agent, Brian Terry, was killed by criminals using guns linked to Operation Fast and Furious. As the head of the Department of Justice, he is responsible for all activities within the Department.  However, instead of cooperating with a Congressional investigation and accepting responsibility, he continues to thwart the investigation and protect high level officials.  As the Supreme Court has established, it is within Congress’s authority to investigate and engage in congressional hearings.  The arrogance of evading a congressional investigation for self protection and the protection of cronies  insults not only the Terry family but also all those whose lives are endangered by allowing guns to knowingly cross the U.S. border into the hands of dangerous criminals.

An operation as flawed as Fast and Furious must never happen again.  As Congress continues to diligently uncover facts, Attorney General Holder has consistently blocked such efforts. When testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2011, Attorney General Holder stated that he had learned of Operation Fast and Furious weeks prior to the hearing. However, when testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee over six months later, he admitted that his previous testimony before the House committee was inaccurate and he had known of the Operation months prior to the hearing. Withholding pertinent information is not only damaging to the credibility of the Department but also puts American and Mexican lives at risk. Furthermore, Attorney General Holder has continually failed to produce thousands of valuable documents that have been requested by both the Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. When documents are produced, many are redacted beyond recognition. We should not allow Attorney General Holder’s failure to do his job prevent us from doing ours. We have a duty to the American people that must be fulfilled.

To date, 111 Members of Congress have cosponsored a resolution expressing no confidence in the Attorney General of the United States.  In addition, 128 Members of Congress and three senators have called for the Attorney General’s resignation due to his failed leadership in overseeing Operation Fast and Furious and his attempts to shield himself, and the rest of his department from accountability.

The House of Representatives has seen its proper oversight function thwarted and obstructed.  It’s time for the House to formally recognize the obvious – that Attorney General Holder has not and will not cooperate with the legitimate investigation launched by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and is therefore in contempt of Congress.

Sincerely,
Rep. Ben Quayle, Rep. Trey Gowdy, Rep. Sandy Adams, Rep. Dennis Ross, Rep. Tim Griffin, Rep. Tom Marino

Boehner press release:

Speaker Boehner Urges President Obama to Cooperate With “Fast & Furious” Investigation

In a meeting at the White House yesterday, Speaker John Boehner urged President Obama to cooperate with the “Fast and Furious” investigation led by the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee. Here’s some of the coverage:

  • Boehner to Obama – Tell Holder to cooperate with Issa on Fast and Furious: “House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, urged President Barack Obama on Wednesday to tell Attorney General Eric Holder to cooperate with the congressional investigation relating to the now defunct Fast and Furious gun walking operation.” (Washington Times, 5/16/12)
  • Boehner asks Obama to release Fast & Furious information: “At a lunch meeting the president hosted for the bipartisan congressional leadership, Boehner ‘asked the president to encourage the Attorney General to provide the information congressional investigators have sought about the Fast and Furious operation,’ an aide to the Ohio Republican said after the meeting.” (Houston Chronicle, 5/16/12)
  • Boehner pushes Obama to make Holder comply with Fast and Furious subpoena: “House Speaker John Boehner reportedly pushed President Barack Obama on Wednesday to make Attorney General Eric Holder comply with the congressional subpoena of Operation Fast and Furious documents.” (Daily Caller, 5/16/12)

Last week, Speaker Boehner said “all options are on the table” for holding the Department of Justice accountable for the “Fast and Furious” operation. Watch him here.

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