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05-03-2012, 5:37 PM
Gun Owners of America
Rep. Issa Pushing Contempt Order Against Eric Holder
-- Time to double-down and get Speaker Boehner behind this effort
Rep. Darrell Issa has now finished making his case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Holder, who once stated he wants to see kids brainwashed into supporting gun control, has presided over a Justice Department that helped smuggle thousands of illegal guns into Mexico, all for the purpose of justifying greater restrictions upon firearms in the U.S.
This Fast & Furious scandal has resulted in the deaths of more than 300 Mexican nationals, plus two U.S. federal agents.
Issa has published a pair of documents that makes the case for pinning contempt charges on Holder and has sent them to every member of his Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Issa’s case is based, in part, upon the fact that Holder’s Justice Department “has yet to provide a single document for 12 out of the 22 categories contained in the subpoena schedule.”* In many cases, documents provided by the Department have been completely or mostly blackened out.
Sources on Capitol Hill believe that Issa has the votes to push a contempt citation out of committee.* However, it is unclear whether House Speaker John Boehner is supportive of such a citation.
Fox News reports “that Boehner and House Republican Leader Eric Cantor do not want to deal with a contempt citation against Holder because ‘it’s off message for them.’”
Well, gun owners need to help Boehner see that this is “on message” for him.* This is a quest for justice, as Eric Holder needs to be held accountable for the lies, deceptions and dead bodies left in the wake of Fast & Furious.
Already, more than 100 congressmen have called for Holder’s resignation.* Holding Eric Holder in contempt could bring a fine of $1,000 and a year in jail.
ACTION: Please ask your Representative to urge House Speaker John Boehner to get fully behind a contempt citation against Eric Holder.*
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05-03-2012, 5:40 PM
The link


05-03-2012, 6:13 PM
My congresswoman is Barbara Lee. Every voter in her district could urge her to support Issa's demand and she wouldn't vote against Holder.

05-03-2012, 7:54 PM
Sent mine to Duncan Hunter............Thanks for the link OP !

05-03-2012, 8:40 PM
My congresswoman is Barbara Lee. Every voter in her district could urge her to support Issa's demand and she wouldn't vote against Holder.

Heck, send her one anyway.

House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa has issued a blistering memorandum detailing his case for issuing a Contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder for the Justice Department’s stonewalling and cover-up on the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
The memorandum alleges that, “For over a year, the Department has issued 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.” Read the memorandum here.
The Issa memo further contends that the Justice Department has shown “demonstrable contempt for the congressional investigation” and “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.”
Issa, a California Republican who has been point man pushing the congressional investigation, adds in his executive summary, “Having exhausted all available options in obtaining compliance, the Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee recommends that Congress find the Attorney General in contempt for his failure to comply with the subpoena issued to him.”
The 64-page memorandum, sent to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, includes a draft contempt citation for Holder. It notes that, “Much of Operation Fast and Furious remained a mystery when the Department of Justice forcefully dismissed whistleblower accusations and denied that anything improper had occurred to Congress on February 4, 2011.”
This refers to a letter sent to Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, by then-Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, in response to two inquiries Grassley sent to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, related to accusations of “gun walking.” It was in that letter – later rescinded by the Justice Department – that Weich told Grassley, “…the allegation…that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them into Mexico—is false.”
But months of investigation, conducted jointly by Issa’s committee and Grassley’s office, proved otherwise.
In his memorandum, Issa asks, “Why, after all, would anyone be so stupid as to think arming drug cartels was a good idea?”
TGM and its predecessor, Gun Week, have been on the forefront of the Fast and Furious story for more than 15 months. The Issa memorandum calls attention to the fact that “A congressional investigation and reports by journalists utilizing whistleblowers and other sources have shed immense light on what occurred and why.”
After Issa released his memorandum, Grassley issued the following statement:
“The subpoena authority of the House Oversight Committee, and the Chairman’s willingness to use it, helped shed light on Operation Fast and Furious and the Justice Department’s desire to allow guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Congressman Issa deserves credit for moving forward on contempt. The Attorney General and the Justice Department are thumbing their nose at the constitutional authority provided to the legislative branch to conduct oversight.
“The Attorney General is facing a real test of leadership here. He has a choice to make. He can force the department to come clean, or he can force a high-stakes political conflict between the legislative and executive branches. It’s past time to hold accountable those public officials responsible for our own government’s role in walking guns into the hands of criminals. The family of Agent Terry deserves more than what they’re getting from this administration.”
Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC), a member of the Oversight Committee, released a statement noting that “It did not have to come to this.”
“Congress has been patient – indeed too patient in my judgment – with the Department of Justice and its failure to comply with the lawful request for the production of documents,” Gowdy said. “I understand that for some everything is political. Surely the Department of Justice can rise above petty, partisan politics and comply with a subpoena. The Department of Justice expects others to comply with subpoenas yet they will not do so themselves.”
A freshman congressman and former federal prosecutor, Gowdy said Congress has a constitutional responsibility to exercise oversight over the Executive Branch.
“For us to make it as a republic,” he said, “the citizens must have confidence in the institutions of justice and must have confidence in the top law enforcement official in the country. How can they possibly have either if the Department of Justice is withholding documents, ignoring legal process, and providing no answers when lives have been lost and will continue to be lost as a result of this botched and terribly ill-conceived operation?”
Issa’s memorandum details how Operation Fast and Furious was initiated and how it eventually went off the rails, and how the Justice Department allegedly began stonewalling Congress on the investigation. It also notes that former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke—who resigned abruptly last August—had stalled on indictments against street-level straw buyers. Further Issa said “…no one at ATF headquarters ordered the Phoenix Field Division to simply arrest the straw purchasers in order to take them off the street.”
According to the memorandum, “Fast and Furious first came to the attention of ATF Headquarters on December 8, 2009, just weeks after the case was officially opened in Phoenix. ATF’s Office of Strategic Information and Intelligence (OSII) briefed senior ATF personnel about the case on December 8, 2009, discussing in detail a large recovery of Fast and Furious weapons in Naco, Sonora, Mexico.
“The next day, December 9, 2009, the Acting ATF Director (Kenneth Melson) first learned about Fast and Furious and the large recovery of weapons that had already occurred. The following week, OSII briefed senior ATF officials about another large cache of Fast and Furious weapons that had been recovered in Mexico.
“On January 5, 2010, OSII presented senior ATF officials with a summary of all of the weapons that could be linked to known straw purchasers in Fast and Furious. In just two months, these straw purchasers bought a total number of 685 guns. This number raised the ire of several individuals in the room, who expressed concerns about the growing operation.
“On March 5, 2010, ATF headquarters hosted a larger, more detailed briefing on Operation Fast and Furious. David Voth, the Group Supervisor overseeing Fast and Furious, traveled from Phoenix to give the presentation. He gave an extremely detailed synopsis of the status of the investigation, including the number of guns purchased, weapons seizures to date, money spent by straw purchasers, and organizational charts of the relationships among straw purchasers and to members of the Sinaloa drug cartel. At that point, the straw purchases had bought 1,026 weapons, costing nearly $650,000.”
Issa asserts in his executive summary that the Justice Department’s “refusal to work with Congress to ensure that it has fully complied with the Committee’s efforts to compel the production of documents and information related to this controversy is inexcusable and cannot stand.”
Noting that allowing an estimated 2,000 firearms to be walked into the hands of Mexican drug cartel gunmen “may have led to the death” of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in December 2010, Issa disdained the operation.
“The consequences,” Issa said, “of the lack of judgment that permitted such an operation to occur are tragic.”

05-03-2012, 8:46 PM
[QUOTE=robertmcm;8517130]Heck, send her one anyway. QUOTE]

OK. it's a dunndeal.

05-03-2012, 8:51 PM
My congresswoman is Barbara Lee. Every voter in her district could urge her to support Issa's demand and she wouldn't vote against Holder.

Yeah, I got Boxer. What a waste of human skin. Runs your life but won't talk to you because you "dont live in her district." Huh? State senatory, yeah?

This is a waste of time, money and simply more Republican posturing that won't get us anywhere. When they had control of both houses and the presidency what did they do? Nada.:(

Oh well. Issa can tilt at windmills all he wants. It'll all be for naught. Watch and see, watch and see........:p

Just Dave
05-03-2012, 9:30 PM
Issa is my rep and I think he's doing the best he can :D

05-03-2012, 9:32 PM
Done, even though my rep is Adam Schiff - D.

05-03-2012, 10:50 PM
It is bad enough that 2 of our LEO's got killed, but the 300 plus Mexican nationals should have a backlash in this country.

Anyone know if the Hispanic Press is covering this at all. Seems to me that someone would be concerned about civilians being killed with guns supplied by a fouled up "rogue" ATF operation.

Anyone think the Mexican government may want US officials responsible for this extradited to them for "trial".