House Files Civil Lawsuit Against AG Eric Holder

The House Oversight Committee filed a civil lawsuit in federal court Monday against Attorney General Eric Holder in the ongoing saga of Operation Fast and Furious. The lawsuit is to obtain documents that the committee has repeatedly asked the Obama Department of Justice to turn over for the past nineteen months, only to be stonewalled, ending in Holder being held in contempt of Congress.

This move, according to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) was in response to a “political maneuver” by Barack Obama when he exerted executive privilege to keep the DOJ from turning over documents related to Fast and Furious that the Oversight Committee had been requesting.

In a statement that followed the filing of the lawsuit, Issa said,

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“Waiting nearly eight months after the subpoena had been issued to assert a meritless claim of privilege, the President’s decision was a calculated political maneuver designed to stop the release of documents until after November’s elections.”

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The Hill reports,

In June, the GOP House overwhelmingly passed resolutions holding the attorney general in contempt of Congress for not complying with a congressional subpoena to provide documents related to the botched operation, which sought to track gun sales to Mexican drug gangs.

The decision to file civil charges comes after the DOJ announced it would not prosecute Holder after the contempt vote. One of the House resolutions, however, granted Issa’s Oversight Committee authority to pursue a civil action against Holder.

The lawsuit is seeking, in part, a cache of internal documents and communications between DOJ and administration officials over a 10-month period when they considered whether to retract a letter to Congress because it contained inaccurate information.

House Speaker John Boehner aslo weighedin on the lawsuit in a statement on Monday saying,

“After providing, then retracting, inaccurate information to Congress, Attorney General Holder has gone to extraordinary lengths to block access to subpoenaed documents and deny the efforts of the Terry family to get the truth.

The White House has been complicit in this effort to hide the truth by making executive privilege claims that have no merit, which is why today’s action is necessary.”

The Democrats were not going to just sit back and take this either, especially in an election year. They decided they would try and deflect the ramifications and villify those who were seeking the truth in the investigation.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said,

“It seems clear that House Republican leaders do not want to resolve the contempt issue and prefer to generate unnecessary conflict with the administration as the election nears. Unfortunately, the American public suffers as House Republicans disregard the real work that needs to be done.”

Oh that’s right Mr. Cummings, the real work that needs to be done is what exactly? It is highly probable that the chief Democrat in charge along with other members of his administration are covering up something that has led to the deaths of two federal agents, the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens and now possibly was an operation that knowingly provided weapons to dangerous drug cartels. Dealing with such matters by the committee you sit on is not “real work that needs to be done?”

Rep. Allen Schiff (D-Ca) claims that the this legal fight will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and not shed any light on the deaths of Brian Terry of Jaime Zapata.

“At a time of scarce resources and record debt, the House is embarking on wasteful litigation against the Justice Department.

This litigation will do nothing to shed light on the facts of Fast and Furious, to bring the killers of Agent Brian Terry to justice, or to stem the flow of guns across the border.”

How he knows this, no one knows. Has he seen the documents in question? This could all be avoided if the DOJ had simply complied with the subpoena. Maybe the American people should know that Mr. Schiff is simply being complicit in what’s taking place by trying to deflect this to being “wasteful litigation against the Justice Department. Some advice for Mr. Schiff, due to his poor rating when it comes to tax and spending, would be, “People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw rocks.”

Since the contempt charges, it has come out that one of the weapons was to be used in a Mexican police chief’s assassination, allegations of the U.S. knowingly arming Mexican drug cartels with the weapons of Fast and Furious, ATF supervisors taking a slam from Congress over their involvement, and five men being charged with Brian Terry’s murder.

This is definitely shaping up to be an exciting and very provocative court case. I’m hopeful that the documents will come out and that those responsible for this mess will be held accountable and that the families involved can move on with their lives and our government be rid of some very bad vermin.

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