When the House voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt over his refusal to turn over Fast and Furious related documents, many wondered why they bothered to pass criminal and civil contempt resolutions. As expected, the Justice department refused to file charges against their boss, Attorney General Holder, so tomorrow House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa will sue AG Holder in civil court for refusing to provide
documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.
According to a report in Roll Call,
“The committee expects to file the civil contempt suit against the attorney general Monday,” a Republican source said. The suit will be filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia.
The action is the latest escalation in the dispute between House Republicans and the Justice Department over the documents, which relate to a botched gun-smuggling operation.
On June 28, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress and authorized the Oversight panel to bring suit to enforce its rights.
In Fast and Furious, agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed assault guns to “walk,” which meant ending surveillance on weapons suspected to be en route to Mexican drug cartels.
The tactic, which was intended to allow agents to track criminal networks by finding the guns at crime scenes, was condemned after two guns that were part of the operation were found at Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder scene.
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This is going to be interesting to watch, hopefully the action will force release of the documents and Brian Terry’s family will finally be able to learn the truth.