Attorney General as appointed by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, is today held by a majority in the House of Representatives to be in contempt of Congress. Holder has refused to comply with subpoena requests for information by the House and lied in his testimony before Congress while offering quite a dramatic performance in that testimony in his attempts to redirect suspicion onto the House.
A U.S. citizen, Brian Terry, employed by the U.S. Border Patrol, lost his life while on the job patrolling border activity, shot by a gun later found to be smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. and into the hands of Mexican drug cartel members who used it to take Terry’s life. Dozens of Mexican nationals have lost their lives in Mexico, shot with other weapons of a similar history. Uncovered by the House in their investigation of these and other violent crimes was “Operation Fast and Furious,” identified as an intelligence operation under control of Holder’s Department of Justice and suspected of being an attempt to discredit U.S. gun manufacturers, to denigrate the Second Amendment right to bear arms and with hideous disregard for the violent crimes encouraged by this smuggling, counter-intelligence operation.
Holder has displayed terrible insensitivity if not disgusting cruelty about these events as about the effects of this Operation itself. As the House requested information, Holder first denied knowledge, then admitted knowledge when confronted by Congress with documentation discovered that proved Holder was aware of the Operation a full year earlier; Holder then engaged in delaying and avoiding ongoing compliance with requests for documentation about this Operation. He has shown contempt for Congress, most certainly.
And today the Congressional Black Caucus staged a “walk out” during the Congressional vote against Holder, claiming horribly that the decision by the House represents “racism” in relationship with Holder’s race (and theirs). Is their issue that no Black person can be evaluated for ethical violations in the job, or, that if and as one is Black, that all actions by them if criticized are due to “racism”? Quite irrational claims.
Holder has displayed contempt of Congress. He has misled Congress, lied to Congress, offered up “some documents” but refused to comply with requests for documents otherwise. Quite a sorry state of affairs when the person appointed to the “highest law enforcement officer of the land” as Holder has been behaves quite so outrageously as to even defy the most basic of legitimate, legal requests as these.
And then there are the more important issues of the lives lost as collateral damage from this Operation, who would be forgotten had Holder and associates, such as they remain unnamed with the exception of Barack Obama, had their way with suppressing the facts of their demise.
House holds Holder in contempt over ‘Fast and Furious’ documents
– by Stephen Dinan, The Washington Times, June 28, 2010
House Majority Votes to Hold Holder in Criminal Contempt
– by Michale Warren, The Weekly Standard, June 28, 2012
The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. The vote was 255 ayes, 67 nays, and 1 present vote.
Seventeen Democrats joined with 238 Republicans to vote for the contempt charges against Holder, while over 100 Democrats did not vote, most of them symbolically walking out of the House chamber in protest…
Boehner on Holder: ‘No Justice Department is above the law’
– by Pete Kasperowicz, THE HILL, June 28, 2012