Today Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) appeared on Fox to discuss Holder’s noncompliance of requests by Congress. Our Attorney General appears to believe he is above the law – that he need not respond to lawful subpoenas, or even polite requests for information from our timid Speaker of the House.
Chaffetz told Fox’s Bill Hemmer:
“In an abundance of caution, Speaker Boehner, Eric Cantor, our Leader sent a letter to the White House and Atty General Holder, asking them to answer some very basic questions –that’s been nearly a month, and I think the Speaker is probably going to be sufficiently embarrassed by the fact that the Atty General has also blown him off like he did with this subpoena that was issued in October. I find it totally an embarrassment.”
Holder will be appearing before the House Judiciary Committee, this Thursday, and Chaffetz promises that members will “have some more questions for the Attorney General.”
Chaffetz also assured Hemmer that despite the stonewalling, the issue wasn’t going to go away.
Among the questions surely to be asked at the hearing, Thursday, will concern documents that allegedly prove senior Justice officials approved of Fast and Furious:
Could these documents be the “smoking gun” Issa is rumored to have in his possession?
House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa said Tuesday that congressional investigators now have documents that prove senior officials in Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice approved gun-walking in Operation Fast and Furious.
“The Committee has obtained copies of six wiretap applications in support of seven wire intercepts utilized during Fast and Furious,” Issa said in a Tuesday letter to Holder.
Issa said those wiretap documents “show that immense detail about questionable investigative tactics was available to the senior officials who reviewed and authorized them.”
Issa said these documents prove that the Department of Justice again provided “false” information to Congress.
Late Tuesday, Holder responded to The House leaders’ letter : DOJ to House Republicans: Let’s resolve ‘Fast and Furious’ issue:
The Justice Department told House Republican leaders on Tuesday it was working to reach “a mutually acceptable resolution” to grant Congress access to information about a botched gun-tracking operation and avoid contempt proceedings from Attorney General Eric Holder.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole — in a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) — said the DOJ was working hard to respond to questions the GOP leaders raised in a letter to Holder nearly three weeks ago.
The Republicans asked Holder to reveal to lawmakers the people in DOJ’s leadership ranks who knew about the controversial “gun-walking” tactics used in the “Fast and Furious” operation before December 2010. They also asked Holder whether anyone in Justice’s leadership misled or misinformed lawmakers in response to a congressional subpoena.
Cole told the GOP leadership that their letter had been “helpful” and that DOJ was working diligently to answer their questions in full.