Darrell Issa: Bipartisan Majority Will Find Eric Holder in Contempt
Updated: 11:06 a.m.
House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa predicted today that a bipartisan majority in the House will hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Holder and the Obama administration have been embroiled in a scandal involving the weapons-tracking program “Fast and Furious.” Last week, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege in the fight.
In an appearance on “Fox New Sunday,” Issa concedeed that there is no evidence that the Obama administration has been involved in a cover-up of the controversial program. But he said he believes Speaker John Boehner will bring contempt proceedings against Holder for withholding certain documents.
The oversight committee has spent the past two years investigating the Fast and Furious program, which was run under the Justice Department’s jurisdiction. The program allowed guns to cross the Mexican border in order to track drug cartels and weapons traffickers. In the process, the agency lost track of close to 2,000 weapons.
Two of the guns were later discovered at the scene of Border Control Agent Brian Terry’s murder.
Last week, Holder offered to provide the Oversight panel with certain documents. In exchange, Holder asked that the committee drop the contempt procedures.
Issa rejected the deal because Holder wouldn’t provide the information until after the proceedings were halted.
“[H]ow can you presume that it is or isn’t a cover-up of something wrong, when in fact there’s clearly a cover-up of a piece of information that should be shown to us?” Issa asked on “This Week With George Stephanopoulos.”
The Justice Department said it had already provided 7,600 documents. Issa said the DOJ did not include the emails and documents he needed to see.