Oversight committee to file contempt case against Holder
Republicans say Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department are concealing details on Fast and Furious.
August 13th, 2012
04:57 AM ET

Oversight committee to file contempt case against Holder

The House Oversight Committee plans to file a civil contempt suit against Attorney General Eric Holder Monday after a contempt of Congress citation passed the House of Representatives last month.

"We are filing charges against Attorney General Eric Holder tomorrow," said a post on committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa's official Twitter account late Sunday, which included the hash tag "fastandfurious."

The lawsuit was not unexpected after the White House and Justice Department said in early July that Holder will not face criminal prosecution under the congressional citation.

Legal experts said previously that President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege in the case would prevent a criminal prosecution under a practice dating to the Reagan administration.

Hedging their bets, the House also cited Holder for civil contempt to give it the option of filing a lawsuit compelling Holder to turn over documents sought by Oversight Committee investigators linked to the failed Operation Fast and Furious weapons crackdown. Such a case was expected to take years to complete.

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Jay jay

    It's ok. Just an American border patrol agent killed by our own weapons. Holder will have his job in The morning. God bless the USA!

    August 13, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Red

      Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, and (according to the Mexican Attorney General) at least 200 Mexican citizens. And the administration stonewalls based on "executive privilege". Even Nixon didn't push that far when caught for obstructing Watergate. Woe is me, the biggest criminals in the land are those entrusted running the Dept of Justice. Home of the free and land of the brave? It used to be. Those days are gone.

      August 14, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. GodblesstheCanadians

    Rev, Wright, Crefo Dollar, Eddie Long, Herman Cain and how many others- GOD BLESS Janet Reno- a product of the PUBLIC SCHOOLS where there are now only the jealous CORPORATE military "gods".... Love ya Cairo !!!

    August 13, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. odd

    Did anyone else notice that the 2,000 guns "lost" by the FBI were all Russian made? (while 80% of illegal weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities are either from the US or Israel)

    August 13, 2012 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. odd

    Holder being held harmless is a "practice" dating back to the Ronnie Raygun era? I didn't know politicians practiced on US. I thought only MD's did. Learn something new every day.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. Shot Gun Ron

    How come only millionaires and billionaires get to be president???

    August 13, 2012 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Shot Gun Ron,
      The answer is, because they are the only ones who can afford to take time off from work in order to campaign for the job full time.

      August 13, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  6. B cause

    Because money talks, bullsh/t walks. That's why.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. B cause

    If you don't have any money to put where your mouth is, hardly anyone will even hear you. See? Prolly not, but thought I'd ask anyway.

    August 13, 2012 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Can I give out a citation to Congress for just being contemptible?

    August 13, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    This all could have been avoided if DOJ and AG Holder would just have given the Committe what it wanted.
    Obviously DOJ and ATF etc screwed up this operation and are doing CYA.Why President Obama is envoking Executive Privilage on this is beyond my understanding if there is nothing to hide. It really appears the Obama Administration had a Hidden Agenda on this.All the critics of holding AG Holder in Contemp just want to continue the cover up,they can't handle the truth.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard in Texas

    I agree Frank. If you have nothing to hide you should give people what they ask for. Just when will Romney disclose his taxes?

    August 13, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pete

    Why don't Issa and his hedgemen do something more productive,pass a couple of job bills,infastructure bills,get farmers bill going.Just do your job,quit hiding from the important projects, your jobs in November hedge on it.But hell some of you have been there for centuries.It's time to put a term limit on these lifers,send them home or whatever but get new faces in there.If Issa and his clowns were worried about their jobs I bet our country would definitly be running better,you hypocritical republicans know it!!The party of "NO" has got to go!!!

    August 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Yeah, why doesn't Issa pass more regulations burdening the marketplace and advancing a sozialist agenda like his boss 0bama commands. Pay no attention to me breaking the law, just spend wildly and clamor for the rich to pay their fair share.

      August 14, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  12. Travis Redfish

    Eric Holder is Obama in a fake stache!

    August 13, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bee, San Jose

    Everyone who thinks that the FBI is stupid, raise your hand.
    See? The FBI has been smuggling Russian made weapons into Mexico for years. This time they got caught. All 2000 weapons exported were Russian made.
    What would the world think of US and lapdog Israel if every single illegal gun in Mexico was made in Israel or the USA?
    Just like Israel and the USA armed Saddam the madman with Soviet made weapons. (Teicher Affidavit)
    Americans have become stupid enough to believe that where a gun is made is the same as who supplied the gun.

    August 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |