Issa had demanded to see a trove of documents on the controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation. He also wants to know who prepared a now-retracted letter from Feb. 4, 2011, in which the department claimed the U.S. did not knowingly help smuggle guns to Mexico, including those found where Terry was killed.
In a two-page letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, Holder promised to provide documents he has so far refused to turn over, arguing they were outside the scope of the committee’s investigation of the “Fast and Furious” firearms probe. The offer follows a decision by Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to narrow the committee’s request to exclude sensitive law enforcement information relating to the investigation. Read more:
Holder’s letter stated the Justice Department “has offered a serious, good faith proposal to bring this matter to an amicable resolution in the form of a briefing based on documents that the committee could retain.”
On a count of one—two—three – maybe it’s me; however, I don’t think so. Moreover, this is precisely what this matter has come down too. As far back as 18 months ago the House Committee on Oversight issued “in good faith” a subpoena to the Attorney General Eric Holder inclusive of assistance with the procurement of approximately 130,000 documents relative to the Committee’s investigation.
This is extremely important insofar as it is from the actions of Barack Obama, the lying of Eric Holder as well as other assistant attorney general’s and members of both staffs who have turned a simple request into what appears to be a bully in the room.
We contend that the “Bar of Acceptable Standards” has been lowered and will continue to be lowered as long as one member of the U.S. public does not fully comprehend what is going on here. It is not up to the US Attorney General within the Department of Justice to be conjuring up “d-e-a-l-s” or carry on as though he was on Let’s Make a Deal especially with the House Committee. What right or power trip is Holder on, or what kind of arrogance does it take to recklessly disobey a Committee and not provide documents?
Ostensibly worse it Holder’s last minute antics of sending a letter to Rep. Issa, the Chairman of the Committee to proffer a negotiated settlement is in our opinion a further attempt at stonewalling or stalling this Committee’s investigation. We all know that when a Court Order comes your way…one doesn’t try set an appointment with the judge!
Furthermore, have a look at what Eric Holder was offering: Holder promised to provide documents he has so far refused to turn over, arguing they were outside the scope of the committee’s investigation of the “Fast and Furious” firearms probe. The offer follows a decision by Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to narrow the committee’s request to exclude sensitive law enforcement information relating to the investigation. In addition, Holder later stated that he proposed to bring this matter to an amicable resolution in the form of a briefing based on documents that the committee could retain.”
So which exactly is it, Mr. Holder? You see Holder’s letter states his promise to provide documents – that he thus far has refused to turn over in exchange for not being issued a Contempt Order; furthermore, Issa was to agree to call off the dogs in the investigation. Then in a second to the last “Hail Mary” thrown by Holder, he then states he’s prepared to offer a “briefing based on documentation that the Committee could retain. Consequently are we to believe that Holder was ever going to turn over anything? We think not!
Evidence of this comes in the wee hours of the morning when Barack Obama resumes his involvement in the matter. Again only this time it wasn’t more than 1,000,000 illegal immigrants…Obama actually orders Executive Privilege on documents in holding by DOJ and ATF.
What are these two loyal corrupt-o-crats trying to conceal? Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California, who chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said the White House assertion of executive privilege “falls short” of any reason to delay the hearing.
However, the committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, accused Issa of setting an “impossible standard” for Holder by initially demanding documents the attorney general is legally prohibited from providing. This is preposterous! How could anyone know — and therefore doesn’t know — what is contained in the 130,000 documents. (I have real issues with Rep. Cummings for many reasons.)
Now Issa has “no interest in resolving” the dispute with Holder, Cummings said. Rep. Cummings is from the great state of Maryland; however, he is absolutely clueless pursuant to the matters he is privy too. Rep. Issa is the Chairman of a House Committee who knowingly works for us — the Publik’s and is just trying to do his job of accountability of actions for us.
After more than three hours of statements by committee members, the panel went into recess to allow members to take part in votes on the House floor. It then reconvened to consider amendments and vote on the contempt measure.
If approved, the measure would then go to the full House for consideration in what would be an unprecedented event — Congress holding a sitting attorney general in contempt. Read more: