The House Oversight Committee will vote next week on whether or not to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, according to CBS News.
It’s just the fourth time in the past 30 years that Congress has launched a contempt action against an executive branch official.
The dispute stems from Holder allegedly failing to turn over documents subpoenaed on October 12 of last year related to the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” probe.
The U.S. Department of Justice has maintained it has cooperated fully with the congressional investigation, turning over thousands of documents and having Holder testify at least eight times.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif) says, though, that the Justice Department has refused to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents.
Those include materials created after February 4, 2011, when the Justice Department wrote a letter to Congress saying no gunwalking had ever taken place. The DOJ later retracted the denial.
“The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them. These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics,” Issa wrote in an announcement of the vote.
The vote is scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.
More in the video below.
- Fast & Furious amnesia hits Attorney General Eric Holder during House testimony (givemeliberty01.wordpress.com)
- Eric Holder Claims Emails Using Words ‘Fast and Furious’ Don’t Refer to Operation Fast and Furious (sgtreport.com)
- Holder to appear before House Judiciary Committee on Fast and Furious (examiner.com)