Following through on their promise, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a contempt of Congress lawsuit against embattled Attorney General Eric Holder.
The move comes after the House in June voted to hold Holder in contempt over the department’s response to inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious.
The civil court case was expected, as congressional Republicans anticipated they would have to take their case to a judge to try and compel the Obama administration to turn over documents pertaining to the failed anti-gunrunning program. Shortly before the House voted for contempt, President Obama locked down key documents by claiming executive privilege.
That decision is expected to be challenged in the court case.
Drip, drip, drip….
Issa told NBC, last week, “We will expect a day in court before a federal judge, which we have a 100 percent chance that the judge will hold that these documents should be delivered.”
The lawsuit will be reviewed by a judge who will assess whether Holder has an obligation to comply with a 22-part Congressional subpoena that was issue in October 2011. The judge will also review whether President Obama’s assertion of executive privilige surrounding Fast and Furious documents was warranted.
“The idea that you would withhold based on some executive privilege the documents related to a cover up of a crime is absurd, but that’s the claim that the attorney general is hiding behind,” Issa said.
“We’re seeking a remedy and the remedy is an order to compel,” Issa said. “Nixon didn’t respond to Congress, he responded to federal judges, ultimately the Supreme Court, ordering that he had no such privilege to cover up the tapes. And these are no different than the Nixon tapes, we’re asking for documents related to a cover up of lying to Congress.”
Fox reports predictable wagon-circling behavior from Democrats:
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, released a brief statement Monday chastising his GOP colleagues over the suit.
“It seems clear that House Republican leaders do not want to resolve the contempt issue and prefer to generate unnecessary conflict with the administration as the election nears,” Cummings said. “Unfortunately, the American public suffers as House Republicans disregard the real work that needs to be done.”
Operation Fast and Furious put thousands of guns into the hands of drug cartels in Mexico. Hundreds of Mexicans, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata are dead, and Holder’s contemptible stonewalling has prevented Congress from conducting a complete inquiry.
But in liberal fantasy land — where the Left always retreats when faced with the truth – Eric Holder is the unimpeachable attorney general with a heart of gold. His refusal to cooperate is a non-issue and Rep. Issa, a stalwart fighter for justice and accountability, is the real problem.
NRA Videos’ Ginny Simone interviewed AZ Rep Paul Gosar about the lawsuit, last week:
And Cam Edwards had an interesting discussion with Rep Blake Farenthold (R-TX), a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, about the lawsuit.