Fast and Furious: 113th Congress Rules Will Keep DOJ & Eric Holder Accountable


In case you might think the investigation into Fast and Furious is going away anytime soon, I'm here to reassure you that House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) isn't about to let that happen. Just before the new year, Representative Issa issued a statement in which he "praised the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others at the Justice Department as a result of lawful subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress."

“These provisions in the 113th Congress rules package ensure that the civil suit authorized by the House of Representatives with the support of twenty-one Democratic representatives will move forward,” said Issa. “The Justice Department has still not met its legal obligations to turn over documents showing why it waited ten months to formally retract false denials of reckless tactics in Operation Fast and Furious and why it failed to appropriately respond to whistleblower allegations. The new Congress will be steadfast in its commitment to getting the full truth about this reckless gunwalking effort that has been linked to murders on both sides of our border with Mexico.”

Thousands of pages of documents that had been subpoenaed by Issa's committee had yet to be turned over by the Obama Justice Department. Barack Obama invoked executive privilege in the matter pertaining to the documents. Eventually the House voted to hold Attorney General in contempt and when the deputy Attorney General said that he would not prosecute Eric Holder, the House set in motion a civil lawsuit against Holder, which the Obama Justice Department sought to dismiss.

The language of the rules package of the 113th Congress related to Operation Fast and Furious is as follows:

CONTINUING AUTHORITIES FOR THE COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM AND THE OFFICE OF GENERAL COUNSEL.—

(A) The House authorizes—

(i) the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the 113th Congress to act as the successor in interest to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the 112th Congress with respect to the civil action Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, United States House of Representatives v. Eric H. Holder, Jr., in his official capacity as Attorney General of the United States, filed by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in the 112th Congress pursuant to House Resolution 706; and

(ii) the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (when elected), on behalf of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Office of General Counsel to take such steps as may be appropriate to ensure continuation of such civil action, including amending the complaint as circumstances may warrant.

(B) The House authorizes the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (when elected), on behalf of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and until such committee has adopted rules pursuant to clause 2(a) of rule XI, to issue subpoenas related to the investigation into the United States Department of Justice operation known as ‘‘Fast and Furious’’ and related matters.

(C) The House authorizes the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (when elected), on behalf of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Office of General Counsel to petition to join as a party to the civil action referenced in paragraph (1), any individual subpoenaed by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the 112th Congress as part of its investigation into the United States Department of Justice operation known as ‘‘Fast and Furious’’ and related matters, or any successor to such individual, who failed to comply with such subpoena or, at the authorization of the Speaker after consultation with the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, to initiate judicial proceedings concerning the enforcement of subpoenas issued to such individuals.

(D) The House authorizes the chair of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (when elected), on behalf of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Office of General Counsel—

(i) to petition to join as a party to the civil action referenced in paragraph (1) any individual subpoenaed by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the 112th Congress as part of its investigation into the United States Department of Justice operation known as ‘‘Fast and Furious’’ and related matters who failed to comply with such subpoena, or any successor to such individual; and

(ii) at the authorization of the Speaker after consultation with the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, to initiate judicial proceedings concerning the enforcement of subpoenas issued to such individuals.

Now the question will be when will this get done in the midst of the numerous confirmations that have to be dealt with, the Benghazi hearings and the fight against more gun control legislation? At least Issa is attempting to keep the fires burning to smoke out the rats behind Fast and Furious and bring these people to justice.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lee.watters1 Lee Watters

    Doing too little, americans lack any faith in our government and their accountability! Want to make a difference close down all funding to DOJ and their couterparts!!! No funding until all documents released!

  • Wolf-Talker1

    This I will believe when it actually happens. Nothing but business as usual, Congressional Dog & Pony Show to be done with Smoke and Mirrors!

  • dangerouspatriot

    YES, keep it going and bring holder and obama to justice as soon as possible, obama needs to be impeached and everyone who reads this should find their congressmans and senators phone numbers and call them and insist they continue the investigation of fast and furious and to IMPEACH obama for his unlawful and treasonous use of executive orders. obama has gone way too far and is acting more and more like a dictator especially yesterday at his news conference how he stated he will not negotiate or try to compromise on government spending and the debt ceiling, instead continued to blame Republicans and everyone else other than himself or his democratic cronies. Do you want a dictator in the White HOuse??? It sure seems so as so many people seem so taken with him, REMEMBER the people also LOVED HITLER because he was so charismatic and one helluva speaker that people were sucked in and could not see the EVIL that hitler truly was until it was TOO LATE and their country was devastated and destroyed by freedom loving people. Are we freedom loving people??? I dearly hope so and I urge all to also pray to our Lord Almighty the Father to please help us and to come back to us and be our God and for Him to send His Spirit to obama and the others to change their evil ways before it's too late. NEVER EVER GIVE UP YOUR GUNS, REMEMBER BENGHAZI AND FAST AND FURIOUS AND ABOLISH GUN FREE ZONES!!!!

  • arg

    This sadministration is great at using created crises as smokescreens to obscure the view and whole picture of what they're doing.

    Congress: Move this process along - don't be distracted!

    Prosecute him and remove him from office.

    OR defund his official activities as an Attorney General until he respectfully answers the questions Congress has asked.

    Congress has the power to defund many activities:

    Why is Congress allowing funding for Obamacare,

    Why is Congress authorizing funding for the Attorney General's frivolous but effective lawsuits?

    Why does Congress FAIL to make laws to override some of the stupid and destructive Executive Orders of this president?

    Where is the BALANCE of POWERS? Are Congresspeople intimidated or threatened?

    Or is cowardice? profit? the motivation for in-action and failure to do their duty TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

    This President and Congress, for the most part, forget their fidicuary duty to AMERICAN CITIZENS/taxpayers!

    God and his commandments, and the US Constitution need to be the rock on which we rebuild America and our freedoms. They are our solid foundation and anchors, not Agenda 21, the Government-as-Saviour and Obama-idolatry!
    Pray for our leaders, and pray that the secrets and evil will be revealed at the right time for Americans to return their hearts to their Creator and worship GOD first!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kay-F-Ferguson/1611135655 Kay F. Ferguson

    I say get Holder out of the way first and quickly, then go full blown after Obama, Hillary and all other unAmerican traitors. This is treason at the highest order and the perps deserve the full force of the law, so get the carpenters busy on the scaffolds. Build them on the whitehouse lawn and make it open to all Americans, the lying mainstream media and international media, because the world needs to see what happens to lowlife traitors. Actually, I also think that the 100 card carrying communists in Washington need to be interrogated Gitmo style, then given what they deserve. Why allow anti-Americans the continued opportunity to oppose our constitution and work against Americans when it can be easily remedied. Sorry, but contrary to the beliefs of some, these traitors are not protected by any laws I know of and need to be quickly dealt with so we can move on as a country.

  • brabbie2002

    Gee, Eric, did you actually think that some of us would forget because your "savior" was re-elected? NOT!

  • J J

    Eric Holder is an arrogant man who, like his boss, seems to think he can do no wrong, therefore, he isn't responsible for any bad decisions or bad things that happen. Man up, Holder - take responsibility for your actions regardless of how ignorant it makes you look!!

  • 7papa7

    Not only should he be fired but he should be tried as an accessory to murder and then taken out and executed.

    • Jonathan

      Skip the trial,apply NDAA here.

  • teacher10258

    If Holder or anyone else is ever held accountable for Fast and Furious I will be totally surprised. We have only seen the tip of a huge iceberg of the corruption we have in Washington. If they really wanted to make a difference in our country and change history investigate the voter fraud in the past election. It seems obvious that you can't have more than 100% of anything, well except for Democrat votes that is.

  • USMC CAPTAIN

    Mr. Issa, thanks for keeping the pressure on Holder and Obama with your relentless investigating of "FAST AND FURIOUS". America needs you more than ever Mr. Issa!

    Semper Fi,

  • allan

    I suspect there is SOMEONE in the White house or the Justice Dept who will get fed up and do the John Dean (Watergate) thing.................

  • Bull57

    I'm thinking that the house members needs to watch some video of Watergate to see how to persevere to get to the bottom of things. Everyone knows the administration is hiding the truth. "We the People" deserve to know the truth!

  • retiredmillwright

    Holder is crooked as a dogs hind leg and convicting him of even jay walking much less fast and furious will be harder than poking a worm capsule down a mad cats throat barehanded. If convicted I think a pardon from Obama is waiting. This kind of politics sure makes me worry for Americas' future.

  • don

    the above writer has had one large pipe dream rules will keep them in line. this dude is one of them liberial maxis ect. if not then his a&& just got off the boat where has he been the last 4 years? no rules do they abide by. but we will make them accountable.

  • shallowdeath

    Good luck on that one Barack Hussein Obama and Eric the red
    holder work together to ship thousands of semiautomatic weapons South of the
    border by using people that brought hundreds at a time they kept the plan
    running too long and they got caught the whole purpose was to turn America
    against weapoThisns

    • alex

      they were doing the same thing in syria when our ambassador was killed

  • Don

    Eric "Fast and Furious" Holder is the most corrupt Attorney General ever!

  • Chad

    Get R Done!! Holder deserves the Big Book thrown at him to the fullest!

  • Raymond

    When you are educated, you'll believe
    only half of what you hear.

    When you are intelligent, you'll know
    which half.

    • ESQ

      there is no rules for Eric Holder! Bauchman, Rubio and just name them, are scared to death of this man! At this time while this gun control thing is going why not counter by bring Holder up for questioning?