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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