By Mary Chastain
Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News reports that Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will take the first formal step toward contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.
The draft consists of a briefing paper and 48 pages that will be distributed to Democrats and Republicans.
According to the documents, the Department of Justice has given “false denials, given answers intended to misdirect investigators, sought to intimidate witnesses, unlawfully withheld subpoenaed documents, and waited to be confronted with indisputable evidence before acknowledging uncomfortable facts.”
Most importantly, “the Justice Department’s demonstrable contempt for the congressional investigation has inflicted harm on the people of two nations seeking the truth–and very pointedly on the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ATF whistleblowers who now face retaliation in the wake of their own heroic efforts to expose wrongdoing.”
Of course the DOJ makes excuses and tells Ms. Attkisson, “We’ve done twice a month (document) productions since last year and the Attorney General has testified about this matter no less than seven times.”
The DOJ doesn’t state that they’re still holding onto more than 70,000 documents and have only given the committee about 6,000 documents. Rep Gosar told me a lot of those documents are repeats and it’s very well known, too, that a lot of the documents are heavily redacted, rendering them useless.
Mr. Holder’s testimonies have changed many times and hardly give a straight answer. We don’t have answers to these simple questions: Who came up with this operation? Who approved this operation?
Absolutely no one within the DOJ has been held accountable for Operation Fast & Furious despite the murders of Agent Terry and 300 Mexicans.
Today is also the one-year anniversary of Mr. Holder’s first hearing on this operation.