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  • Eric Holder Found in Contempt of Congress by Oversight Committee

    What is the world coming to when a claim of executive privilege from a Democratic White House is not given the full measure of respect it deserves from a Republican-controlled House Oversight Committee?

    The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted along party lines Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena in the "Fast and Furious" investigation, setting up a legal showdown with President Barack Obama in the middle of his tough reelection battle…

    GOP lawmakers weren’t swayed [by claims of executive privilege], and they proceeded with the contempt vote despite bitter objections from the White House, Justice Department and Democratic lawmakers. Speaker John Boehner and other top Republicans went so far as to suggest the White House was using executive privilege to cover up its involvement in Fast and Furious.

    Issa and his fellow GOP lawmakers on the Oversight panel defeated several Democratic amendments seeking to revise or water down the contempt resolution and its accompanying report. Republicans then pushed through the chairman’s measure, the gist of which was leaked weeks ago, on a 23-17 vote.

    The full House of Representatives won't get to vote on this until next week, and if I'm remembering correctly, the majority of the people in that legislative body seem pretty chill, which could bode well for Holder's chances. Though, I may be confusing them with that indie band Of Montreal. For some reason, I'm always getting them mixed up.

    At any rate, at least now Eric Holder and Karl Rove finally have something to talk about at parties.

    Tags: Darrell Issa, Department of Justice, Eric Holder, House Oversight Committee
  • White House Grants DOJ "Get Out of Contempt Vote Free" Card

    In an historic moment of executive disdain for transparency, the Obama administration has declared executive privilege in the Fast and Furious ATF gun-walking kerfuffle which has embroiled the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder since congressional Republicans discovered something in which to embroil them.

    Not since George W. Bush used executive privilege six times or Bill Clinton used it 14 times has the country borne witness such brazen contempt for justice

    The White House granted Attorney General Eric Holder with executive privilege regarding Fast and Furious…

    Executive privilege enables the Justice Department to withhold documents from Congress, even if Congress has issued a subpoena, as Rep. Issa has…

    In a letter to President Obama asking for executive privilege, the attorney general wrote "that the Committee has not established that privileged documents are demonstrably critical to the responsible fulfillment of the Committee's legitimate legislative functions."

    Well, that settles that, then. I suppose this will be the last we hear of all this Fast and Furious business. You know, that reminds me of something that a very wide and drunk man once… What's that?

    Regardless of the action, Rep. Darrell Issa, R.-Cal., head of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee indicated he is moving forward with a contempt vote of the attorney general.

    Oh, that's right. America. Democrats, Republicans, deeply-held feelings of violent enmity. I'd almost forgotten.

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    Tags: Darrell Issa, Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, Guns, House of Representatives, House Oversight Committee