Today at 10:00 AM Eastern time the House Oversight Committee will consider a contempt resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder after his repeated evasions of information requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious. Chairman Darryl Issa released the following statement yesterday.
“Despite what the investigation has uncovered through whistleblowers and documents the Justice Department had tried to hide, the Committee’s work is not yet complete. Attorney General Holder has failed to meet his legal obligations pursuant to the October 12 subpoena. House leaders reiterated this failure in a May 18, 2012, letter. Specifically, the Justice Department has refused to turn over critical documents on the grounds that they show internal Department deliberations and were created after February 4, 2011 – the date Justice issued a false denial to Congress. Contempt will focus on the failure to provide these post February 4th documents.
“…While the Justice Department can still stop the process of contempt, this will only occur through the delivery of the post February 4, 2011, documents related to Operation Fast and Furious and whistleblower accusations subpoenaed by the Committee. If the Attorney General decides to produce these subpoenaed documents, I am confident we can reach agreement on other materials and render the process of contempt unnecessary.”
I’ll be at work during the meeting, but you can watch it live at the committee’s Fast and Furious page. If you watch it be sure to leave comments below and let me know what happened.
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