Articles of Impeachment Introduced Today Against Eric Holder

I told you last week that Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL) informed attendees at a town hall meeting that House Republicans would be seeking the impeachment of Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Operation Fast and Furious by the end of the year. Well, now articles of impeachment will be introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday by Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) and seven congressmen have signed onto the resolution. These articles go way beyond Fast and Furious.

In conversation with Rep. Olson's office, Freedom Outpost was told that the resolution is set to be introduced Thursday afternoon in the House.

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Olson, who was elected in 2009, has been calling for Holder's impeachment since August.

There are four articles in the impeachment resolution.

Article I claims that Holder "engaged in a pattern of conduct incompatible with the trust and confidence placed in him by refusing to "turn over lawfully subpoenaed documents requested by Congress" as part of a Congressional investigation into Fast and Furious.

Article II claims that the Attorney General violated his oath of office to enforce the laws of the land by announcing that he would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act in court, even though the law was still on the books.

According to the document, "If the Administration wants to change the law, it should ask Congress to amend it. Only the Supreme Court can deem laws unconstitutional."

Article III contends that Holder also violated his oath of office by refusing "to prosecute individuals involved in the Internal Revenue Service scandal of unauthorized disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors."

Finally, Article IV contends that Holder "provided false testimony to the House Judiciary Committee" regarding the alleged criminal investigation into Fox News reporter James Rosen.

"The fact that there was a search warrant carried out on James Rosen means that the Justice Department either intended to prosecute him, or the Justice Department clearly violated the Privacy Protection Act," according to the resolution.

Breitbart got the documents first and posted them online.

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Breitbart also received a memo from Olson's office:

"For nearly five years, we have witnessed Mr. Holder repeatedly deceive Congress and degrade the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people," the members wrote. "Last year, the House of Representatives took the unprecedented step of holding Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress, making him the first sitting cabinet official ever to hold this distinction." 

"Unfortunately, Mr. Holder has continued to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official; he has failed to perform his constitutional duties and violated the law on a number of occasions," the statement continues. "The House of Representatives should not stand by as he continues to undermine the office of Attorney General."

Olson's supporters so far are:

  • Larry Bucshon (R-IN)
  • Blake Farenthold (R-TX)
  • Phil Roe (R-TN)
  • Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA)
  • Roger Williams (R-TX)
  • Ted Yoho (R-FL)
  • Randy Weber (R-TX)

I applaud these congressmen for finally bringing this resolution forward. The question now is, when will they do the same thing for Holder's boss?

Your congressman needs to hear from you on this resolution. Contact them and demand that they support the impeachment of Eric Holder. Click here to contact your representative.

UPDATE: Melissa Kelly, Communications Director for Rep. Olson, contacted Freedom Outpost following the resolution's introduction in the House with this email:

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) today introduced articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder for high crimes and misdemeanors. The resolution outlines the offenses of lying to Congress, refusing to comply with a subpoena, and failing to fulfill his oath of office as crimes committed by Mr. Holder that rise to the level of impeachment. Olson was joined by Reps. Larry Buschon (R-IN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), David Roe (R-TN), Randy Weber (R-TX), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL) Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Michele Bachmann (R-MN), Bill Flores (R-TX), Mark Amodei (R-NV), Jim Bridenstine (R-OK), Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Duncan Hunter (R-CA), Sam Johnson (R-TX), Steve Stockman (R-TX), Mike Conaway (R-TX), and Thomas Massie (R-KY) as original cosponsors. The resolution number is H.Res 411.

“For nearly five years, Attorney General Holder has systematically deceived Congress and destroyed the credibility of the Justice Department in the eyes of the American people. During his tenure, Mr. Holder refused to cooperate with a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and the resulting death of a Border Patrol agent, refused to prosecute IRS officials who unlawfully disclosed private tax records to third party groups, and misled Congress about his involvement in the investigation of a journalist," Olson said.

“Last year, the House voted to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress, making him the first sitting cabinet member to ever hold this dubious distinction. Still, he continued mislead and thwart congressional efforts to bring the truth to the American people. Mr. Holder has failed to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed and continues to act in a manner unbefitting of a cabinet official. I urge my colleagues to join me in beginning this process by cosponsoring this measure now. The American people deserve answers and accountability,” Olson concluded.

The articles of impeachment lay out four charges against Mr. Holder:

1. Refusal to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on October 12, 2011, seeking information and documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious. This is a violation of 2 U.S.C. 192.

2. Failure to enforce multiple laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986. This is a violation of the oath Mr. Holder swore to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office" of Attorney General.

3. Refusal to prosecute the IRS officials involved in the targeting and disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors. This is a violation of the oath Mr. Holder swore to "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office" of Attorney General.

4. False testimony under oath before Congress on May 15, 2013, about the Justice Department investigation of journalist James Rosen. This is a violation of 18 U.S.C. 1621.

Mr. Holder's behavior clearly falls under "high crimes and misdemeanors," offenses that the US Constitution explicitly defines as grounds for removal of a Senate-confirmed cabinet official through impeachment. The time is now for the House of Representatives to act with the authority vested in us by the Constitution and remove Attorney General Holder from office.

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  • pnipni

    WHEN?...Whats the update? ..We need these SOCIALIST TRAITORS GONE!

  • Kevin

    It is about time the Obama Empire starts to crumble . Let the Great fall continue!1

  • Ron

    Again, with the balance in Congress, Holder will never be found guilty in the Senate,, even if the House approves the Articles of Impeachment. Our 'Royal' leaders have established a system where they can never be held accountable for their crimes, on either side of the aisle.

  • bmiller

    Impeachment is far too little, it is nothing more than a slap on the hand and is nothing like firing the SOB all Obama has to do is crank out another EO and its the game all over again. This needs to be a criminal case and has to be a sentence that equals that imposed on attempted or Assassins of a President. The need for one is most wanted at this time. The guy that killed Kennedy got away with it.

  • disqus_Ki3yt4g0EM

    Impeach him and Obama and all the other lying traitors to our nation! Enough is enough! We are losing our country for Gods sake. So lets do something about it.

  • dangkids

    Good, I hope they bag him like a dirty diaper and the crap he represents!

    I will be contacting my rep's.
    Next, Reid, Pel-hoe-ski and finally OBLAMYA!

    Big huge block party at my house when the final curtain draws!

  • doza

    Holder was just following orders. That's like prosecuting Himmler and letting Hitler go.

    • UpLateAgain

      If you get a chance to nail Himmler... you do it. You don't forgo it just because Hitler isn't there with him. Besides.. we already know from Nuremberg that "I was just following orders" won't help you avoid the hangman's noose if you should have known better.

  • wattsupstupid

    odummer will just give him a presidential pardon! I didn't capitalize on purpose if anyone want's to be a nit picker and point it out. I don't feel he deserves that respect as he does not respect us or the USA or the Constitution which he took an oath to follow.

    • Retired MSgt USAF

      Hey, whatsupstupid!
      Your name in here shows how much you understand about impeachment. Once convicted by the Senate there is no pardon in any impeachment process. The President can only pardon in Criminal Cases. The impeachment process is NOT a Criminal Trial. It is the "Firing" of an individual holding a Federal Office for wrongdoing or criminal charges of High Crimes and Misemeanors. Any person holding a Federal Office that is impeached has NO right to an appeal or pardon.

    • wattsupstupid

      Thank you for that clarification. But as I also said obama doesn't follow the rules so who says he would follow the rules here just saying. Also with impeachment the person can stay in office just like Clinton did which is different than a person being fired when you are fired you loose your job.

    • Retired MSgt USAF

      Clinton was impeached, but found Not Guilty in the trial phase. Impeachment is a two phased process The Articles of Impeachment by the House of Representatives and the Trial by the Senate. Articles of Impeachment are the charges phase, the trial is the punishment phase. If found not guilty in the punishment phase the one being impeached may stay in the Office which they hold.

    • UpLateAgain

      Hey Sarge.... you gotta start somewhere. Articles of Impeachment against Holder are long overdue.

    • Retired MSgt USAF

      Oh, believe me, I agree that he should be impeached and found guilty in the trial phase in the Senate. I am just trying to get some of these people to start using their intellect instead of their emotions. I think that once the impeachment hearings start and if the Senators would look at the facts and not play politics with this, as they always do, Eric Holder should loose his job. Then the new Attorney General or a special prosecutor should try him and go for broke. Charge him with the most horrendous crimes first and not stop until all charges are filed against him.
      What I was trying to do is force people in here to think and do their own research on how the process works. Too many were thinking that an impeachment was the same as a criminal trial and they are not. I was trying to educate them on the differences and the procedures. There was one person in here that thought that Bill Clinton was never faced a trial in the Senate, which he did. Unfortunately, he was found not guilty, even though common sense says that he lied to a Grand Jury. Which was a misdemeanor, and reason to throw him out of Office. They thought that since he was not thrown out of office that he was never tried.
      Please take a look at all of my posts in here and it will show you that I am trying to educate people in here without getting emotional. I am trying to give only the facts, so the people in here don't go off half-cocked and shoot themselves in the foot for the TROLLS who come in these websites and use them as fodder for the far left.
      Thank you for your comment.

  • nvrat

    How about preparing the papers for Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and the other members of congress who has not kept their Oath of Office.



  • londontubes

    I have just sent my Representative an email asking her to join Rep. Olson as a co-sponsor. Have you???????????

    • UpLateAgain

      Yep. I have indeed.

  • John

    But....but....but....he's Obama's friend.