Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Issa takes step toward holding Holder in contempt of Congress

All I see is that Issa is allowing Holder to determine the next deadline that they will ignore and Issa will again set a new deadline. Feb. 9th was the deadline after Issa got mad at the delay before. This will go on forever and nothing will happen before the election, nor thereafter. It is all a farce.

Issa should issue the contempt order and see what happens. He probably will not do it because he knows he has no power against an out of control Executive Branch.

In a Jan. 31 letter, Issa had threatened Holder with such a move if he failed to provide all the subpoenaed documents relating to the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal by Feb. 9. That deadline has come and gone, and Holder’s Department of Justice still hasn’t provided most of those documents. Issa’s subpoena dates back to Oct. 12, 2011.

On Tuesday in a seven-page letter, Issa revealed that Deputy Attorney General James Cole begged Congress to extend the Feb. 9 deadline. Issa wrote that the request was “ironic” and “ignores the reality that the Department has unreasonably delayed producing these documents to the Committee.”

“On its face, the requested extension demonstrates a lack of good faith,” Issa wrote to Holder. “With one exception, the Department has only produced documents responsive to the subpoena on the eve of congressional hearings in which senior Department officials testified. The Department appears to be more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress.”

“We cannot wait any longer for the Department’s cooperation,” Issa continued. “As such, please specify a date by which you expect the Department to produce all documents responsive to the subpoena. In addition, please specify a Department representative who will interface with the Committee for production purposes.”

Read full Daily Caller article here.

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