By JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
Comment by Jim Campbell, Citizen Journalist
A: Contempt of Congress is a federal misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum $100,000 fine and a maximum one-year sentence in federal prison.
The long and short of this one, it that it’s likely he will be held in contempt, as it must be debated in the house and senate and Harry Reid still has his claw like hand grasping the gavel, this will likely go no place fast, unless there are a few Democrats still standing that for whatever reason, keeping their job, or upholding their oath, will vote to break the filibuster and send this dirt bag to a grand jury where he most certainly belongs.
This will be fun to watch the lefty spinners handle on the news this evening. I can tell you the theme in advance……..”It’s partisan politics.” Of course they forget 16 months of obstructing justice, and the death Border Agent, Brian Terry, a Mexican DEA Agent and countless Mexicans shot down in cold blood by the cartels.
Eric Holder and Barack Hussein Obama are two complete dirt bags with no more redeeming value than George Soros. Leave this one to GOD.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.
Fiery California Rep. Darrell Issa is planning to move forward with a committee vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a major escalation in the ongoing Fast and Furious scandal.
A late Tuesday meeting at the Capitol between Issa and Holder failed to produce an immediate agreement to head off a Wednesday vote in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold Holder in contempt. Issa and his Republican colleagues contend that Holder has not forked over documents that the committee has subpoenaed to detail the operation, which gave guns to Mexican cartels.
Issa and his Republican colleagues contend that Holder has not forked over documents. | Reuters
Asked by POLITICO if he was in conversations with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) or Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to avoid the committee vote, Holder said he didn’t want to answer that question.
Issa wants information related to a Feb. 4, 2011, letter from DOJ that downplayed top officials’ knowledge of what actually happened during the Fast and Furious operation. That letter was later withdrawn by the Department of Justice, and Hill Republicans have been in pursuit of more information since then.
Issa subpoenaed thousands of pages of DOJ documents related to the Fast and Furious program, a“gun-walking” program run jointly by DOJ and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The program allowed guns purchased in the United States to reach Mexican drug cartels as federal agents attempted to track them. But the effort failed and two U.S. law-enforcement officers were killed using Fast and Furious weapons, leading to outrage on Capitol Hill.
Issa has the backing of Boehner and Cantor on the contempt of Congress push, but there have been efforts to head off such a major clash between the legislative and executive branches. Even if the contempt vote is approved by Issa’s committee, it’s not clear when — or if — it would hit the House floor.
The Fast and Furious inquiry has become a signature investigation for Issa, who was expected to rip through the Obama administration with one investigation after another when he took the Oversight and Government Reform Committee gavel in January 2011. Issa has pushed for more and more documents, and the contempt vote scheduled for Wednesday is the culmination of this clash.
In his statement Tuesday evening, Issa said Holder was still withholding documents.
“I had hoped that after this evening’s meeting, I would be able to tell you that the department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow’s vote on contempt,” Issa said. “The department told the committee on Thursday that it had documents it could produce that would answer our questions. Today, the attorney general informed us that the department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation.”