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Carney also slammed Republicans for holding Holder in contempt, saying House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) had gone even further than Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) had when he chaired the panel during the Clinton administration.
“I covered Congress back in the '90s when the chairman of that same committee, I think as I recall correctly, managed to pass — when the Republicans controlled Congress ... a vote of contempt of the attorney general just through the committee of Janet Reno. And then Speaker Newt Gingrich, who was, I think we can all agree, not a political friend of the President of the United States at the time, refused to have that vote come to the floor,” Carney said according to a pool report.
Carney said Holder will “continue his excellent work as Attorney General of the United States.”
Separately, Grassley wrote DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz regarding alleged instances of whistleblower retaliation.
That letter says two of the main Fast and Furious whistleblowers have been placed under the supervision of an official who threatened to retaliate against them for blowing the whistle.
According to the letter the official, Scot Thomasson, said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives needed to “take [the whistleblowers] down.”
“All these whistleblowers have axes to grind. ATF needs to f--k these guys,” Thomasson said according to the letter.
Grassley asked whether Thomasson had been admonished and what steps had been taken to ensure he did not retaliate against the officials now under his supervision.