Congressional Republicans including Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder late last week once again requesting documents to show who was responsible for the Fast & Furious operation, and why DOJ intentionally lied to Congress early in its investigation.
The letter had a much smaller list of documents than originally requested, even though 90% of the requested since 2010, have not been submitted by DOJ. Representative Issa’s 44-page contempt report and resolution requested 22 sets of documents, but the latest letter only asks for two sets of documents: all communication after Feb. 4, 2011, (when DOJ rep Ron Weich lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious program), and information disclosing who planned the operation.
In the letter, the House leaders said that if DOJ doesn’t provide the requested information by mid-June, the House will vote to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress. Don’t hold your breath. Even if Holder is held in contempt, no further action will likely be taken against him based on how he has been allowed to commit many felonies without any repercussions. This crook is still the holds the highest law enforcement position in America!
If the DOJ complies only partially with the Issa subpoena, House leadership is expected to send a contempt referral to DOJ, accusing the agency of obstructing a congressional investigation, but no criminal prosecution is likely in that case either.
Issa’s committee Republicans are reportedly divided on the contempt issue, and House GOP leaders aren’t supporting Issa either. They apparently believe they will look less partisan (and be more elect-able) by ignoring the F&F scandal than by risking the racially-charged mudslinging from the administration and the media should they proceed to hold Eric Holder & company responsible for their felonies.
If the House issues a contempt citation, the case then goes to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia who is obligated to bring the matter before a grand jury to consider the filing of criminal charges against Holder. But Holder is the U.S. Attorney’s boss.
The Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security is also investigating the ATF’s Fast & Furious operation. DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement HSI agents assigned to the operation. DHS is also implicated in the scandal. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, has already lied to Congress so don’t expect anything to come of the DHS IG investigation either.
The only solution that will insure a complete and fair investigation is to re-enact the independent counsel law and appoint an independent prosecutor. The chances of this happening are somewhere between slim and none.
Wake up America.