House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation.
"The committee expects to file the civil contempt suit against the attorney general Monday," a Republican source said. The suit will be filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia.
The action is the latest escalation in the dispute between House Republicans and the Justice Department over the documents, which relate to a botched gun-smuggling operation.
On June 28, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress and authorized the Oversight panel to bring suit to enforce its rights.
In Fast and Furious, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed assault guns to "walk," which meant ending surveillance on weapons suspected to be en route to Mexican drug cartels.
The tactic, which was intended to allow agents to track criminal networks by finding the guns at crime scenes, was condemned after two guns that were part of the operation were found at Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's murder scene.
In the most recent conflict between Congress and the president over a Congressional subpoena, Democrats' and Republicans' roles were reversed.
The Democratic-led House held two White House aides, Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten, in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas issued to the George W. Bush administration. Republicans, including Issa, defended the administration, while Democrats said it was unlawful.
After the House held Miers and Bolten in contempt, the Judiciary Committee sued the two aides in federal district court.
In August 2008, a federal judge ordered Miers to testify and Bolten to turn over documents, overruling the administration's claim of executive privilege. That ruling was appealed.
In March 2009, a year after the suit was filed, Miers and Karl Rove, who had also become ensnared in a separate contempt proceeding, agreed to testify behind closed doors to the House Judiciary Committee. The deal broke the stalemate.
What can I add at this point? SIC 'EM!
We'll hide 'n watch. Haven't seen anything done yet.
Might as well make the trip count, take Obama with him. Lock em both up in the super high security prison. They both will soon become Bubba's Bitches and it couldn't happen soon enough.
This will be great if the judge isn't bought and paid for.We've seen enough of that already.
Issa is like a dog with a bone. He won't give up; however, it isn't all just IN HIS HANDS.
How long will this take? Another year or more. What judge will hear it? Holder himself. Just another show folks.
Lawyer tactics. Unfortunately, and shamefully, lawyers do this s***. A judge, a righteous judge, needs to preside over this and speed up the process. Holder himself?---No, it's a Congressional matter. And, it is a FIGHT right now. We all look at it from THE END POINT OF VIEW, wanting it to end, wanting it to go faster, but enjoy the fight because Issa has this corrupt lawyer,Holder, trapped in a corner. Holder makes himself look more stupid as the days go by. Holder is in deep s***. With Tea Party people in Congress, lawsuits can be filed against Holder even way after he is gone, and he will be gone sooner or later. Sooner, a speedier process is prefered. Holder needes to be prosecuted for acessary to murder.
Luke the reason Holder delays and thumbs his nose at the congress is because he is the highest law offical in the USA.And he sure isn't gonna proscute himself.He also knows that the fraud in the whitehouse will shield for him and pull his damn ass out of trouble.The whole damn government with the exception of a few is crooked.He along with the Keyan is attempting to take over america.I believe They are planning on using the Radical blacks and latinos to take over america.The fraud goes around the world bowing and kissing our enemies ass in an attempt to gain favor with them to use their military to help him take over america.I could be wrong I hope so.
Go get that crook!!!! He needs to be put in prison soon!!!
oh and add Oklahoma city to that charge also!
Thank God for men like issa!
However, Holder will use every legal and illegal device to stall and obfuscate the issues; he will come out the victor!
We are watching our republic go down in flames and Holder is but one small chapter in this unfortunate historical saga.
I have no problem with that...