U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was back on Capitol Hill Tuesday in part to discuss the potential contempt charges threatened against him, which lawmakers say stem from the Justice Department’s lack of cooperation in the investigation of the failed federal gun-walking operation, Fast and Furious.
However, Holder now says he is willing to work with Republican lawmakers in order to avoid the charges – or as he called it, the “impending constitutional crisis.”
During the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Holder for the DOJ’s (Department of Justice) stance on the recently leaked wiretap applications relating to Fast and Furious and whether his department was willing to provide additional documents.
Surprisingly, the attorney general seemingly extended his hand to the GOP saying, he is prepared to make “compromises with regard to the documents that can be made available.”
“I want to make it very clear that I am offering – I myself – to sit down with the Speaker, the chairman, with you, whoever, to try and work our way through this in an attempt to avoid a constitutional crisis, and come up with ways, creative ways, in which to make this material available. But I’ve got to have a willing partner. I’ve extended my hand, and I’m waiting to hear back,” Holder said in response to a question posed by Grassley.
The response could mean that the continued pressure coming from Congressional investigators like Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is working. Issa recently argued that the wiretap applications, which he claims were leaked from a group of “furious whistleblowers,” indicate that senior DOJ officials were aware of the tactics being used in Fast and Furious well before Holder and his department claim.
Just last week, after being asked by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) to meet with him and other lawmakers, Holder refused to adequately answer the question.
To be fair, the attorney general only said he would “consider” providing Congressional investigators with more Fast and Furious documents so long as it doesn’t impact ongoing investigations. He also said it is rare when the DOJ releases sealed documents such as wiretap applications.
“But as I said, I am willing to consider that as a possibility to try to avoid what I think is an impending constitutional crisis,” Holder added.
Watch some of the interaction between Grassley and Holder here:
In a separate signal that the GOP pressure has been increasing, Holder wouldn’t commit to a second term if Obama wins reelection.
“What my future holds, frankly, I’m just not sure,” he said, before later adding, “Some have raised concerns about whether I was tough enough. I hope people will see … [that I] stuck by my guns … .”
We assume no pun intended.
In addition to Holder’s comments, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is also gaining attention for his bold statement during the hearing. In an exchange with Holder, Cornyn told the attorney general to his face that he should resign.
“You’ve violated the public trust in my view by failing to perform the duties of your office,” Cornyn said. “So, Mr. Attorney General it is with more sorrow than with regret and anger that I would say you leave me with no alternative but to join those who call on you to resign your office.
Americans deserve an attorney general who will be honest with them.”
Watch it, below:
Ah, good. I'm seeing something from Cornyn.
by Holder: “But as I said, I am willing to consider that as a possibility to try to avoid what I think is an impending constitutional crisis,” Holder added.
Hmm. A warning or threat Mr. Holder?? YOU Holder, are the crisis, and your boss, Obummer.
We better get this @$$h0l& out, because either way, I see a worse crisis coming with the likes of him and his buddy BO staying in, and better fighting the good fight to get the rest of their organization ousted with the likes of him gone than with him in.
Sticking to his guns?! Was that intended to make him look like an upholder of the 2nd amendment??
Ah geez. Now what have I done? LOL My avatar is changed. Not intentional. I'll work on it later though. Giminy Christmas. At least you could see Mae when I did that blunder!
Your avatar is great...but I wish the picture of you and hubby was bigger than the boulder behind you...lol. I enjoy it Sherry.
We all know what is going to happen with the "obama's, "My WH" leaks....holder is in charge of the investigation, and the two he chose has to report to him on their findings first.....well there you go.....do you think he is going to allow anything released that would put obama in a bad light....of course not!!! holder is obama's ace in the hole....and he will protect obama...just like I truly believe he is doing over F&F.....we all know obama knew too!!!
I am so sick of corruption in politics and no one ever gets axed for it. Feinstein was so adament that leaks needed to be investigated, but she denied having a special council to oversee this.....only because she is thinking of her own party and she doesn't want anything to come out that would hurt her party. One of the investigators chosen by holder is an obama supporter.....need we say anything more???
That's why Holder does not want an outside invetigating team to investigate...they might get to the truth and Holder does not want this to happen. And he thinks by working with them now he will avoid a contitutional crisis!? What in the heck does he consider our country in right now!? This is just another ploy to slow down the process and hope that by giving them what ever tid bit of info he can it will be enough to stop the investigation from going any further than he wants it to go. It's control of the info is what it is but I think he is going to find out it won't work!!
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Obama will do anything in order to keep the truth hidden...what a disaster of a President this man is! I hope everyone who voted for him are beginning to see the light if they haven't already! Every bad feeling I had about this criminal before he was elected has come true!!!
Everytime I look at Holder I can't get away from seeing his head donned with one of those things (I just looked it up)-keffiyeh it's called.-or a muslim head scarf.