HOLDER IN HOT WATER? – AT 9:51 A.M. ET: Not with President Obama, but possibly with the House. The radical attorney general, who has run the Justice Department as a private club for the base of the Democratic Party, has made some enemies in high places. From Fox:
House GOP leaders said Friday they are pursuing a plan to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the Justice Department in contempt for “stonewalling” them over information regarding the administration’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.
GOP Rep. Darrell Issa confirmed to Fox News that House Speaker John Boehner gave him and others on his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform the authority to drafted a contempt of Congress resolution.
“We have a few other options (but) to a great extent we’ve been stonewalled by the Justice Department,” said Issa, R-Calif.
The news of the document and the extended meeting in Boehner’s office was reported first by The Los Angeles Times.
“We have issued a subpoena,” Utah GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a member of the oversight committee, said earlier on Fox News. “We have bent over backwards to be patient and take time. (Holder) is leading us down a path where we have no other choice.”
The resolution, if approved by the GOP-led House, could force Holder to release thousands of pages of documents related to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ program.
COMMENT: Obama will back holder. They are best friends forever. Holder established a reputation as Easy Eric in the Clinton administration, when he approved last-minute presidential pardons that he shouldn't have approved.
In the Obama administration it was Holder and has appointees who blocked prosecution in an open-and-shut case against the Black Panthers, for interference with voting in Philadelphia in 2008. That set the tone for this Justice Department.
I doubt if Holder will cooperate unless forced to.
April 28, 2012