Contempt vote against Holder could be postponed
June 15th, 2012
05:02 PM ET
3 years ago

Contempt vote against Holder could be postponed

Washington (CNN) - House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif, said Friday he was willing to postpone a vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the Justice Department delivered documents related to the failed "Fast and Furious" gun trafficking operation to his committee before its scheduled meeting on Wednesday.

"While I do have substantial concerns that these documents may not be sufficient to allow the committee to complete its investigation, delivery of these documents before the scheduled consideration of contempt at 10:00 am on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, would be sufficient to justify the postponement of the proceeding to allow for the review of the materials," Issa wrote in a letter to Holder on Friday.

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Issa said he also wanted to meet with Holder, along with Senator Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the top Senate Republican who has been investigating the Justice Department's program, as soon as Tuesday, but also pressed for the department to hand over the materials before any meeting was set.

Tracy Schmaler, a DOJ spokeswoman, welcomed Issa's move on Friday afternoon.

"We are pleased that Chairman Issa has agreed to our request to meet next week and we look forward to a productive session. It is in the best interest of all parties to bring this matter to a final resolution by avoiding a confrontation that involves contempt and we believe that the provision of documents must be part of an agreement that brings this matter to a close. We trust that Chairman Issa shares our interest in doing so and will work with us in a productive and good faith manner to achieve that end," Schmaler said in a written statement to CNN.

Both Issa and Grassley have been demanding information from DOJ on the program that allowed weapons to be purchased illegally in order to track them to senior Mexican drug cartel members. Agents lost track of hundreds of weapons in the process. Holder initially reported to Congress in February 2011 that senior officials denied there were any improper tactics in the operation, but months later he retracted that assertion and said the operation was "fundamentally flawed."

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Filed under: Congress • Eric Holder • Justice Department
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Getoverit

    Even if they were to vote hin in contempt, he would just ignore it anyway.

    June 15, 2012 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  2. Myviewis

    So what's going on CNN, you didn't like my writing that Holder just like Obama have shown by their actions that they don't care about our laws, they believe in do as you please, excuse everything? Wow, what's going to happen to our country?

    June 15, 2012 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. Two Of AKind -

    I'll bet a dollar to a cent that it 'll be delayed until AFTER the election

    June 15, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    Getoverit – I totally agree with you. Obama would ignore it also.

    June 15, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Darrell Issa himself should be disbarred and sent to prison for not doing his job when Valerie Plane was outed by Dick Cheney, et al and when the lie about WMD's in Iraq was told by none other than George W. Bush Issa said nothing and did nothing. I CALL FOR THE RESIGNATION OF DARRELL ISSA WITH NO POSTPONING.

    June 15, 2012 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. ghtbad

    November can't get here fast enough so we can send Obama and his administration packing. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry is murdered and all Holder, Obama and his administration are worried about is saving their butts. Obama and Holder has the blood of Agent Brian Terry all over their hands.

    June 15, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    The GOP hates anyone or anything that is good and fair to average Americans!

    June 15, 2012 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  8. god called

    there is a mile long backlog of contempt citations from dum bass dubya's administration that need to be cleared before issa can go after holder.

    June 15, 2012 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  9. BobInIrvine

    The frustrated foxnewsies who posted here seem to ignore the fact their fearless leader Issa is playing politics in the worst way.

    But then again, honesty isn't one of the conservative tenets. More like repeat a lie enough times.

    June 15, 2012 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. 2012liberal

    I want 2 know why issa keeps denying the testamony of bushs doj that started this whole process n 2006? Cant contempt someone when documents u r asking 4 dont exist and know gd and well they dont. Fundamentaly flawed started under bush. Can anyone say witch hunt? Issa!

    June 15, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    80% of Americans have nothing but contempt for congress. They earned it.

    June 15, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  12. T'sah from Virginia

    There is NOTHING there pISSA – give it up!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    June 15, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  13. T'sah from Virginia

    ►Myviewis
    So what's going on CNN, you didn't like my writing that Holder just like Obama have shown by their actions that they don't care about our laws, they believe in do as you please, excuse everything? Wow, what's going to happen to our country?◄

    Did you ever hear about "ongoing project" or "sensitive issues" or "top secret???" Everyone on the OUTSIDE is trying to judge what's going on in the INSIDE and don't have a clue as to what "should be” exposed and what "should not" be exposed – It's obvious there are matters we will never know about because of security reasons. I guarantee you after the meeting takes place, pISSA and company will BACK OFF!!!

    This is a program that was started by BUSH – I am sure McSAME would have done the SAME if he was elected President – I wonder if it would be the same push from pISSA if it was the other way around and a person other than Holder was in charge???? Think About It!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    June 16, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |