Breaking: Issa’s House committee votes to hold Holder in contempt; Update: Obama’s compounding the tragedy, says Brian Terry’s family

posted at 4:43 pm on June 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

Next stop: The House floor for a vote by the full chamber. The Hill seems unsure about how many GOP votes it’ll get, but c’mon. Even recalcitrant Republicans who think a court battle with The One is a needless distraction have no choice but to go to the mat for Issa now that O’s pulled his power play with executive privilege.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.), approved a resolution along party lines to place Holder in contempt after battling him for months over access to internal agency documents about the gun-tracking operation Fast and Furious…

Even with 242 Republicans in the House majority, it remains unclear whether the contempt measure would have the backing of the full caucus. Many GOP members have resisted action on the Fast and Furious issue out of a desire to keep the 2012 election focus on the economy and jobs…

If the measure against Holder passes the House, it would be sent to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who would convene a grand jury that would decide whether to indict Holder. The U.S. Attorney’s office would be the designated prosecutor for the committee if Holder were to be indicted. The attorney general would face a maximum sentence of one year in prison if convicted by a jury.

Boehner just announced that the House will vote next week — unless, of course, O decides to play ball and turn over the documents Issa requested. Which, given that this is now a partisan death struggle in the middle of a campaign, I’m guessing he won’t do. What happens if the House votes yes? Three possibilities, according to CQ. One: The House could, er, have Holder arrested. Doubtful. Two, as noted in the Hill piece: Boehner and Issa could ask the DOJ to prosecute Holder. Since Holder runs the DOJ, let’s call that one doubtful too. Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers. I would guess that you’ll see some sort of deal at that point since both sides will be leery of an adverse outcome. Obama doesn’t want a court ruling dropped on him in the last few months before the election compelling him to turn over damaging documents and the GOP doesn’t want to hand O a talking point about that damned obstructionist do-nothing Republican Congress sabotaging his progressive gunrunning scheme, etc, especially while Romney’s trying to get a word in edgewise about the misery of Obamanomics.

Multiple updates coming. Stand by.

Update: I saw chatter on Twitter this morning to the effect that Obama’s invocation of executive privilege proves that he must have been personally involved in Fast & Furious. Not so, apparently. At Breitbart, Ken Klukowski clarifies:

As I’ve written before, there are two types of executive privilege. One is a strong form rooted in the Constitution, called the presidential communication privilege. But there is another type, much weaker and rooted in common law instead of the Constitution, called the deliberative process privilege. That second, weaker variety is what President Obama invoked today regarding Holder.

It’s still the White House asserting the privilege, because only the president can assert executive privilege for his entire administration.

Shannen Coffin made the same point over at the Corner. The point of the “deliberative process privilege” is that you don’t want executive-branch officials afraid to be candid with each other in day to day operations for fear that their communications will later be subpoenaed by Congress and aired on the evening news. So Obama has an argument there; the counterargument is that, er, a privilege shouldn’t be abused as cover for hugely damaging and possibly illegal DOJ activity. Coffin thinks a court ruling on whether the privilege will be allowed here will turn on whether the documents are necessary to aid Congress in performing its lawmaking function. Granted, there’s no bill currently under consideration regarding gunrunning (I think), but there might well be in the future depending upon how bad this gets. As such, both Coffin and Klukowski think a court would rule to quash the privilege and make Obama turn over the documents — assuming we actually get that far.

Update: Needless to say, Brian Terry’s parents have had enough stalling on finding out how their son ended up being gunned down:

Terry family attorney Pat McGroder on Wednesday released the following statement from Terry’s parents Josephine Terry and Kent Terry Sr.: “Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth.”

The Terrys said that their son “was killed by members of a Mexican drug cartel armed with weapons from this failed Justice Department gun trafficking investigation. For more than 18 months we have been asking our federal government for justice and accountability. The documents sought by the House Oversight Committee and associated with Operation Fast and Furious should be produced and turned over to the committee. Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious.”

The family of ICE agent Jaime Zapata, who was also killed with a gun involved in Fast & Furious, announced today that they’re filing a wrongful death suit against the DOJ and other federal agencies.

Update: Video fun via the Examiner of The One declaring in 2005 that the Attorney General is the people’s attorney, not the president’s. Huh. Are the people clamoring not to know how the rolling, murderous clusterfark known as Fast & Furious came to be?

Update: On a similar note, Mediaite dug up this nugget of Holder doing his “above politics” shtick in 2009:

I understand that the attorney general is different from every other cabinet officer. Though I am a part of the president’s team, I am not a part of the president’s team in the way that any other cabinet officer is. I have a special and unique responsibility.

There has to be a distance between me and the president. The president-elect said when he nominated me that he recognized that, that the attorney general was different from other cabinet officers.

Three years later, he’s running to Obama for an ass-covering assertion of privilege. Which O, fearing yet another major election-year headache, was only too happy to grant.

Update: Right on cue, via Newsbusters, there’s an MSNBC contributor insisting that the GOP is the loser in all this, not Obama and Holder. I do think there are misgivings among the leadership about pursuing this (Fox News is hearing that too), not only because it’ll push Romney off center stage but because I think Republicans in Congress are still shellshocked by the political beating they took when they went after Clinton in the late 1990s. But this train has now left the station: They’re going to proceed at least to the point of challenging his assertion of the privilege. Besides, how exactly does O spin this? “Can you believe these Republicans wasting America’s time by demanding to know about my gunrunning operation?”


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Right down party lines.

Democrat = obstructionist

Eren on June 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Feels like 1972 all over again.

Philly on June 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Wow! Those racists on the committee are…well…racists.

d1carter on June 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

This is all a distraction. Horse riding hobbies and WaWa’s are what will decide this election.

stldave on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Boehner, vote today not next week!

geramy2012 on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Hopefully the canary starts singing and takes 0 down with him.

NapaConservative on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers.

Isn’t it interesting that the Constitutional Law professor seems to have sparked the largest volume of Constitutional debates in the courts with his various actions as President?

MadisonConservative on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

This is all a distraction. Horse riding hobbies and WaWa’s are what will decide this election.

stldave on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Hurry!

Somebody edit this vote so it never happened /MSNBC

tetriskid on June 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

GIANT PILL DISPENSER!!!!!!!!!!!

tom daschle concerned on June 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I like option 1.

The Count on June 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

From The Hill:

If the measure against Holder passes the House, it would be sent to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who would convene a grand jury that would decide whether to indict Holder. The U.S. Attorney’s office would be the designated prosecutor for the committee if Holder were to be indicted.

So it would go to the U.S. Attorney after the House vote. Holder’s folks would have to interfere in the course of justice to protect him. That doesn’t exactly look good going into an election, either.

amerpundit on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

1500 comments or bust.

nukemhill on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Nation of cowards, Mr. Holder, nation of cowards.

(get frog-march’d, you snake)

Jeddite on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Let’s vote…I vote option 1.

d1carter on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Good. Nice trap Issa.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

LSM: “Quick, a distorsion…Look over there, Warren is doing a rain dance”

NapaConservative on June 20, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Did you all hear that that cheapskate Romney only left a 14% tip when eating out once in 1972?

gatorboy on June 20, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I wondered, “why do this”?

I think it’s the Barry Scheck approach. Just muck everything up, throw a monkey wrench into everything, smear everything together, create confusion and one mind-numbing, exasperating distraction after another.

aquaviva on June 20, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Isn’t it interesting that the Constitutional Law professor seems to have sparked the largest volume of Constitutional debates in the courts with his various actions as President?

MadisonConservative on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Almost makes one think its intentional.

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

GIANT PILL DISPENSER!!!!!!!!!!!

tom daschle concerned on June 20, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Yeah, I guess Pelosi will be involved now that it’s going to a vote.

forest on June 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

The House could, er, have Holder arrested. Doubtful.

Don’t be so sure. People are dead because of this. Holder has repeatedly lied to congress. I encourage them to follow this course. If Team Zero wants to play hardball, we should play Ty Cobb hardball.

If you get into a fight, you fight to win. In this case Issa is fighting for the law and what is right. Holder is a criminal.

If any of us acted as Holder has WE would be in cuffs. No more squishy stuff GOP.

Ty Cobb HARDBALL.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

What happens if the House votes yes?

At the very least we’ll have the entire House on record. I’d imagine it won’t play well in many districts to see their congress-critter vote in favor of stripping the House of it’s oversight power.

This thing is going to blow up in Bambi’s face. And once again, he’s going to drag his party down with him.

Let the campaign ads begin!!

BacaDog on June 20, 2012 at 4:50 PM

paging leaon jaworski…mr. jaworski pick up a white courtesy phone, please.

DrW on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

1) find Holder in contempt
2) Ask Justice to prosecute. Denied, obviously.
3) THEN the House of Reps can file a civil suit to force compliance.

mojo on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Good.

cheetah2 on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

So next week could see an Obamacare ruling, an AZ immigration ruling, and a House vote to hold Holder in contempt.

Allah, I hope you’re ready.

Missy on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

With Willard’s weak kneed response today, I don’t see much of anything happening with this.

Mr. Arrogant on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

aw, no vote until next week? was looking forward to sitting back with some popcorn tonight and watching this cluster unfold

kastor on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

and the GOP doesn’t want to hand O a talking point about that damned obstructionist do-nothing Republican Congress

Uh…isn’t Team Obama going to use that takling point anyway, regardless of how the house votes?

MississippiMom on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

d1carter on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

I agree! Any chance of a Poll Allah Pundit?

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Boehner should schedule this just after the Obamacare ruling is announced for extra head explosion. I think they are both too big to distract from one another, and it’ll be like a double feature.

redmama on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Waiting to see if any of our resident libtard trolls will show up to claim the Bush team knew about F & F even though Holder has already retracted that statement.

Kataklysmic on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

At this point I’m so disgusted with the liberal and their extreme aversion to do anything that’s either constitutional or good for this country or both that I wish the lot of them to be either on death row or at the least wearing light gray suits in their siberian gulag.

That includes the jacknapes that voted these traitors into office in the first place.

Wolfmoon on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Congress and I finally agree on something.

I’ve held Holder in contempt ever since the Marc Rich pardon debacle.

MTF on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Over/under on number of lynching references from MSNBC before the weekend?

Chuck Schick on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Many GOP members – the ones who can’t walk and chew gum at the same time – have resisted action on the Fast and Furious issue out of a desire to keep the 2012 election focus on the economy and jobs…

FIFY

Multitasking fail.

The Rogue Tomato on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Orange jumpsuits for the entire regime!

TarheelBen on June 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Obama doesn’t want another court ruling dropped on him in the last few months before the election

just looking hopeful.

ted c on June 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

One: The House could, er, have Holder arrested. Doubtful. Two, as noted in the Hill piece: Boehner and Issa could ask the DOJ to prosecute Holder. Since Holder runs the DOJ, let’s call that one doubtful too. Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers.

Four: They could start impeachment hearings. Nixon and Clinton were amateurs compared to Mafia Boss Obama and Mafia Captain Holder.

fogw on June 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Holder is contemptible.

derecho on June 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Even recalcitrant Republicans who think a court battle with The One is a needless distraction

That’s the GOP’s problem…virtually everything that could hurt Obama/Dems from the birth certificate on up is a “needless distraction”.

Yeah, let’s keep pumping the anti-Keynesian economics thing on a population that rarely pays attention to anything that’s not on Dancing With the Stars or Facebook, and convince them how this trickle down thing will work eventually work out for them…in a decade or so.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers. I would guess that you’ll see some sort of deal at that point since both sides will be leery of an adverse outcome. Obama doesn’t want a court ruling dropped on him in the last few months before the election compelling him to turn over damaging documents and the GOP doesn’t want to hand O a talking point about that damned obstructionist do-nothing Republican Congress sabotaging his progressive gunrunning scheme, etc, especially while Romney’s trying to get a word in edgewise about the misery of Obamanomics.

Nah, this is the best option for the GOP…

ninjapirate on June 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM

I think the first option sounds entertaining. Then Congress could immediately subpoena DOJ flunky #2. Wash, rinse, repeat until the documents get released or the entire DOJ is in the slam.

cthulhu on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

It would be great to frog march Holder to jail just before the election in November. Now THAT would be an October surprise.

NickDeringer on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

1500 comments or bust.

nukemhill on June 20, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Here ya go. One of the best.

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

unless, of course, O decides to play ball and turn over the documents Issa requested.

0 will nevah evah do that …nevah nevahnevah…well unless
Dan Rather has been
busy and 0 decides on a Friday evening ” document ” dump !

burrata on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

all this popcorn is makin’ my jaw hurt……/

ted c on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

How the heck is a DOJ lawyer gonna prosecute Holder?

Anyhoo, here’s hoping the House votes to put Mr. Holder in his place and remind him of how government is supposed to work.

(Disclaimer: I’m at least as black as Obama so any of you nimrods out there aggregating posts can forget about the “racism” deal.)

Aquarian on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

There’s going to be some awkward newscasts tonight.

“A House Committee voted in favor of finding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress over a little something we at Mainstream Snooze News have been ignoring for years. Imagine that!”

WannabeAnglican on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

A very long time ago I took a ConLaw grad course at Fordham. My Prof was a brilliant Jesuit, Joseph Costanzo SJ. A chunk of the course dealt with Exec Priv. IIRC he explained us that a refusal to comply based on Exec Priv could result in the House or Senate (whichever chamber issued the contempt order) having the non complier taken in to custody by the chamber’s Sgt. at Arms and held in the city jail until the subpoena is complied with or a year and a day has passed. We also discussed the issue of executive privilege. Fr. Costanzo held that it did not exist in the Constitution beyond the POTUS’s power to pardon anyone refusing to testify or turn over docs. This would make all punishment, save the actual arrest by the Sgt. at Arms, moot and thus allow a refusal to testify or turn over documents.

xkaydet65 on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, led by Republican Chairman Darrell Issa (Calif.), approved a resolution along party lines to place Holder in contempt

Democrats have no honor.

Socratease on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers. I would guess that you’ll see some sort of deal at that point since both sides will be leery of an adverse outcome. Obama doesn’t want a court ruling dropped on him in the last few months before the election compelling him to turn over damaging documents and the GOP doesn’t want to lose and hand O a talking point about that damned obstructionist do-nothing Republican Congress sabotaging his progressive gunrunning scheme, etc


Four: EEEEEEEYYYYYOOOOORRRRRRREEEEEE!

Fifth: Boehner and Issa have more hole cards than they are showing and more stones than all the blogging beta males and decide to take it to SCOTUS which could issue a ruling in line with Watergate precedent in late October.

You aren’t old enough to remember that one, Allah. It was a 9-0 SLAP DOWN and, in that case, did directly involve discussions between the President and his top aides.

PolAgnostic on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

It’s about time! That man needs to answer some questions. This is very serious. Deadly so. I find it appalling and shameful that the DOJ hasn’t apologized to the Terrys nor seems inclined at all to give them answers. What if it was your son BO? Oh right, Brian Terry doesn’t look like Trayvon Martin, so he isn’t one of “your people”. Blech!! These people make me sick!

JAM on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I would guess that you’ll see some sort of deal at that point since both sides will be leery of an adverse outcome.

What sort of deal? Unless they turn over ALL of the documents, no deal will be satisfactory. It’s obvious at this point that Obama and Holder are hiding something. So there are only two ways to get those documents released:

1)Apply so much political pressure that Obama and Holder have to relent and release them. This seems doubtful with a Democrat Party already circling the wagons and a complicit media desperately attempting to point the finger at Bush or play the race card.

2)Sue for their release. The problem here is that it’s not just a risky political move(which doesn’t bode well for a House led by John “Crybaby” Boehner), but it could take forever to resolve. Certainly well past November 6.

Doughboy on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Brings to mind that one line from ‘Good Fellas’ when Henry is arrested for dope and sitting in the cop shop..

‘Buh-Bye’ #@ckhead’…..

BigWyo on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

I want to see Holder in a perp walk sometime next week.

cicerone on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Every breathing, thinking patriot should have nothing but contempt for this, this….I can’t even think of anything low enough for Holder. For future reference, calling a person a “Holder” will be the lowest of the low.

Deano1952 on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Feels like 1972 all over again.

Philly on June 20, 2012 at 4:45 PM

I remember 1972 quite clearly and there were no dead bodies to go with that scandal.

trapeze on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

RACIST, or something!

Boehner, grab your balls and let’s get it on.

HornetSting on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Waiting to see if any of our resident libtard trolls will show up to claim the Bush team knew about F & F even though Holder has already retracted that statement.

Kataklysmic on June 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

libfreeordie is still waiting for her new set of DNC Talking Points.

Curious that we’ve not seen uppereastside yet; I was sure he would have a cow over the EP thing, especially since the Evil Bush had previously dared to use EP (gasp!) 6 times.

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

This is all a distraction. Horse riding hobbies and WaWa’s are what will decide this election.

stldave on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

. . . and don’t forget 50-year-old haircuts.

TarheelBen on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

I can’t wait to cast my vote to purge these criminals from the White House. Zero must think he lives on Michigan Ave. and not Pennsylvania Ave., and therefore can pull Chicago thug political tricks.

We’re not stupid, Zero. I know you think we are.

Philly on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Trey Gowdy is awesome. Awesome day.

the new aesthetic on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Now way is Holder going to give up those docs voluntarily. He’d probably rather go to jail, but I don’t think that’ll happen, either.

The Rogue Tomato on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I am white as a Ghost but I still think he is a CRIMINAL!

SDarchitect on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Look at the blacks cry, wawawawa… everything that happens to blacks is someone elses fault. The Truth is they are criminals.

PROSECUTE.

orbitalair on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

This is a Lose, Lose situation for “O”. The parallels were drawn once before between his Nixonion “enemies list” and now the whole secretive administration flies in the face of the most “Transparent” ever administration. All of that without even touching the “what are they hiding” bombshell.

Koa on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

The U.S. Attorney’s office would be the designated prosecutor for the committee if Holder were to be indicted.

So the U.S. Attorney gets to prosecute . . . his boss?

How is that not a massive conflict of interest?

AZCoyote on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Here ya go. One of the best.

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The adults are in charge!

INC on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

I remember 1972 quite clearly and there were no dead bodies to go with that scandal.

trapeze on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Democrats have always been anti-American.

tetriskid on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Option 4: Holdini has a “heart attack” and soon after all relevant documents pertaining to F&F are lost in a tragic warehouse fire.

Bishop on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Ask DoJ to prosecute, then demand a special prosecutor.

A special prosecutor investigating this would be awesome.

Nessuno on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Isn’t it interesting that the Constitutional Law professor seems to have sparked the largest volume of Constitutional debates in the courts with his various actions as President?

MadisonConservative on June 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM

You could say it’s the only positive thing to come out of this misguided administration because it may have prompted a lot of people to familiarize or re-familiarize themselves with our Constitution and form of government, and may have awakened many to the fact that we all need to participate more in our form of self-government to protect our inalienable rights and freedoms. Of course, that was definitely an unintended consequence of Emperor Barack’s actions.

stukinIL4now on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Here ya go. One of the best.

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Or this one….

23-17

“Count it”

-crr6

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

The first time that anyone in the obama administration has been held accountable for anything …

Pork-Chop on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

all this popcorn is makin’ my jaw hurt……/

ted c on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

In Howard Deans voice. Popcorn!!!

Bmore on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

GET THIS MAN IN AN ORANGE SUIT

Swerve22 on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Holder is about as contemptible as it gets.

The only man who is more in contempt of the American People is his boss.

wildcat72 on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Option 1. Frogmarch him!

This is Watergate with a body count.

bitsy on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Now way is Holder going to give up those docs voluntarily. He’d probably rather go to jail, but I don’t think that’ll happen, either.

The Rogue Tomato on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Don’t be so sure. I have the notion Issa and Boehner have the goods on Holder and maybe Obama too. They have had moles inside DoJ for a while. Email is forever.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Here ya go. One of the best.

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

The adults are in charge!

INC on June 20, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Does anyone else wonder if crr6 is/was Eric Holder?

Send Holder to Mexico!!

HornetSting on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

I remember 1972 quite clearly and there were no dead bodies to go with that scandal.

trapeze on June 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM

And the MSM wasn’t doing everything in its power to try and minimize and excuse the Nixon administration’s corruption.

AZCoyote on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Barky the Retard has his other contempt citation framed and hanging in the Oval Office. He’ll just hang this one right next to it, probably over the pl;ace where the Churchill bust used to be.

This administration is nothing but America-hating criminals who couldn’t car less about contempt cites.

Holder should be arrested. Period. Otherwise, another strongly worded letter means nothing to these lawless traitors. If the House can’t do this because the Weeper is bawling in the closet, then others in the House, with a backbone, should start talking impeachment of Holder, if they can’t bring themselves to aim at the Ineligible Indonesian Dog-eater at this point (though I can’t imagine why not).

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on June 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Next stop: The House floor for a vote by the full chamber.

Is this something that requires a simple majority?

‘Cause if not, it might not pass, with the Democrats all prepared to obstruct.

UltimateBob on June 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I agree! Any chance of a Poll Allah Pundit?
dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 4:51 PM

If you’ve ever had your Allah Pundit polled, you know how painful that can be.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

WHo was here the other day saying that Issa has a mole in the DOJ? Can’t remember who said it. I hope it is true and I hope they come back and elaborate for us.

JAM on June 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

I’m sure we’ll see the Hot Gassers who just a couple of days ago were spouting that Issa didn’t have the ballz to go through with this vote (you know who you are) issue public mea culpas.

Flora Duh on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

I hope this gives Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family some comfort that Holder is in hot water.

HornetSting on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

The first time that anyone in the obama administration has been held accountable for anything …

Pork-Chop on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

Holder and Zero told congress to shut up, and congress said, “No.”

Holder will now be remembered for lying to congress and Zero tried to cover it up.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Drudgereport has a composite photo of Nixon and Obama. I don’t think that’s fair….to Richard Nixon.

Reggie1971 on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Issa timed the Committee vote beautifully. Just enough amendments and debate in the final session to bring the vote right up to the Evening News. What network is going to resist “Breaking News,” even though their viewership won’t have a clue as to what this was all about. Going to be fun watching Fast and Furious finally become the overriding topic of media concern in the days leading up to the House vote.

de rigueur on June 20, 2012 at 5:02 PM

Here ya go. One of the best.

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on June 20, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Never gets old. Keep hanging onto that one, we’re probably going to need to see more of it.

kim roy on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

This is but st qage one of the Obama/Holder delay until after the election (then flexibility takes over)

The next step in their leftist strategy is a ton of worthless documents all didacted.

I’m very disappointed in Romney’s silly reply to Obama’s dictatorial act – surely it’s far bigger than a “broken promise” What a wimp!

Don L on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

I can’t wait to cast my vote to purge these criminals from the White House. Zero must think he lives on Michigan Ave. and not Pennsylvania Ave., and therefore can pull Chicago thug political tricks.

We’re not stupid, Zero. I know you think we are.

Philly on June 20, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Well he did get elected.

bgibbs1000 on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Three: The House could file a civil lawsuit against Holder demanding the documents, at which point he and O would assert executive privilege and off we’d go to federal court for a constitutional battle over separation of powers.

AP, do you really think Obama would extend his assertion of Executive Privilege to the the other, standard, run of the mill DOJ documents prior to November 2011? If so, do you really think it would be a battle of separation of powers? The courts have already ruled on that issue before.

Dusty on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on June 20, 2012 at 4:58 PM

We need a dictionary of infamous troll sayings.

INC on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Any thoughts on Steele’s comments today on MSNBC that this helps Obama by painting congress as obstructionists that are not concerned about the economy.

earlgrey133 on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Heh. He occasionally agrees, if we ask nice.

dogsoldier on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Well Holder is now saying that he’s going to remain focused on the Justice Department’s mission to protect his fellow citizens.

Sounds like he knows he’s screwed.

PetecminMd on June 20, 2012 at 5:03 PM

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