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Issa Sues AG Holder Over Fast And Furious Probe

Issa Sues AG Holder Over Fast And Furious Probe

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) made good on his promise to sue Attorney General Eric Holder for what Issa alleges was Holder’s failure to cooperate with a congressional subpoena.

The lawsuit, filed in D.C. federal court on Monday claims the Justice Department is wrongly relying on executive privilege in objecting to portions of Issa’s subpoena. According to the Complaint “[I]t is no exaggeration to say that the Attorney General’s conception of the reach of ‘Executive privilege,’ were it to be accepted, would cripple congressional oversight of Executive branch agencies, to the very great detriment of the Nation and our constitutional structure.”

The House of Representatives has already voted to find Holder in contempt of Congress for allegedly failing to provide documents in connection with the House Oversight Committee’s investigation of the bungled ATF operation “Fast and Furious.” Issa chairs the Committee, and this latest move by Holder seeks to compel the production of those documents.

The Complaint, which Talking Points Memo has here, simply re-iterates Issa’s claims from the Oversight Committee and House vote without offering anything more to defeat the Obama administration’s executive privilege claim. Throughout the entire Fast and Furious investigation Issa has offered nothing more than his own assertions the administration hadn’t cooperated or given what they were required, and this latest motion to compel does nothing to dispel claims that Issa is engaging in political theater to benefit the paranoid gun-nuts in the Republican party.

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8:38AM PDT on Aug 17, 2012

Think think think damm Bush started "Fast and Furious" in 2006 !!!

9:28PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Past Member is promoting voter fraud and voter intimidation- typical reaction from the party of tolerance. Maybe Holder will give you a pass like he did the voter intimidating black panthers. You are either too lazy to search for the truth or too blinded by your hate to accept it.

You come into the discussion and display your ignorance with your hate filled comments.

9:03PM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Frances C, the discussion thread is about a scandal and cover up that has cost many lives. You completely ignore the facts presented to you. Did you bother to look up FACTS? Get a clue!

8:30AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

What you Phil, and other righties fail to mention regarding guns into Mexico is the easy access to guns. The drug cartels get most of their guns from America. There are gun shops and gun shows near the border where the really bad people can just walk in or send someone else to walk in and purchase all the military style weapons that money can buy.

So, all this uproar over a few guns is like comparing five ants on your picnic table to a swarm of bees all over your picnic table and on you. We should focus on getting these lethal military style guns taken out of the for sale business. I well know this kind of talk makes the NRA apoplectic. But that's okay they have held sway over any common sense gun laws or rules for way to long.

1:41AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Good gosh Paul go back to your dirty little room and play with your wanger!!! You really need an education!!!

1:37AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Dent H. You are absolutely WRONG, President Obama is NOT running scared and unlike your mittens and ryan boy, he IS talking about the issues so before flapping your lips with falsehoods, please do your homework and back it up with facts not concocted BS!!!

1:27AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Democartic voters should defy the new voting laws and show up when the republican voters do and vote early too,,,,, ID or not, fair is fair is fair afterall and if we are blocked from voting, then lets have a sit down in front off all the voting places when the republicans are trying to do their early voting!!! Lets make it hard for them!!! Show them we will not take their nazi behavior!!!

1:27AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

I find it funny that congress could find contempt for anyone considering their track record. I'm sick of all this lack of ability to work together to find solutions for the real problems facing us. It's time we got rid of both parties since they either won't or can't do what's right. Vote for a 3rd party candidate. He or she can't be worse then what's already there.

1:22AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Phil S, You are an idiot, like all the rest of repuke friends, always looking for a way to blame President Obama. The republicans are famous for blaming everyone else for their own dumb things!!!

1:20AM PDT on Aug 16, 2012

Denise H. (Racist and Republican no doubt)!!!! Go play with your KKK friends!!!

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