Congressman says Justice Department can avoid Holder contempt vote
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa wants more documents from the Justice Department.
June 13th, 2012
07:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Congressman says Justice Department can avoid Holder contempt vote

Washington (CNN) - A week before his committee is scheduled to hold a vote on a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told the Department of Justice Wednesday it still has a chance to produce materials about the failed "Fast and Furious" gun-running operation and avoid a public vote.

Holder held out an olive branch in his testimony before a Senate committee on Tuesday, volunteering to compromise on the House committee's request for documents the DOJ has so far declined to hand over because it does not want to release details on its internal discussions. Holder also offered to meet with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Issa, R-California, or others to find a way to avoid what he called a "constitutional crisis."


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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. USA

    Issa is determined to make the AG give him top secret information , agents names so they can leak them to the press and get someone's life in serious danger and blame the AG ...

    June 13, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  2. marty

    Darrell Issa's leadership is a sad commentary on how an Oversight committee should handle important national concerns.
    Beware of the intent of any politician who uses 'Newtisms' , like the word, serious, in framing questions of importance. Sometimes you wonder how and why these pretenders are given vital positions of authority.

    June 13, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  3. RNC is out of touch with Latinos, Women and Middle Class Americans

    The Obama Admin has no major scandals, so the Republicans have to create one. Like Solyndra and Fast and Furious both programs started under the Bush Admin and sign onto by Republicans. The GOP is desperate to win at any cost to America.

    June 13, 2012 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  4. Myviewis

    This is so disappointing, our country has become a joke and unfortunately the well being of our country has become unimportant, the bottom line is they don't care what happens to our country and how bad they make our country look. Imagine the impact this will have on kids, by the time they become adults they will have learned to live in a country in chaos, confusion, nasty. This is not an example for future generations, the only thing they will learn from this is that it is okay to disregard the law, disrespect your country and the people living in it. Because this behavior of Holder is nothing more than his disrespect for our laws, way of life, our country. Future generations don't have much to look forward to if we continue in this reckless path.

    June 13, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  5. racegirl1

    These hearings and are a waste of time and money, the repugs don't mind spending money on things they can't prove. Clinton 45 million, Holder what another 45 million and all they end up doing is looking like idiots.

    June 13, 2012 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  6. Thomas

    I loved it when Attorney General Eric Holder pointed out the three other programs set up by the GW Bush admiistrationto to let illegally bought US weapons enter Mexico.

    I hate every punk obstrutonist republican on that committee.

    One border guard is killed by american weapons bought illegally ?

    How many young men and women died looking for WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION IN IROQ ?

    June 13, 2012 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  7. judy

    if repos spent as much time working on jobs bilsl we would be in much better shape. they would rather spend their time and our money witch hunting in the Obama administration. Every thing that comes along they need a a committie to investigate. WE should be investigating them. Talk about liars. Forward 2012

    June 13, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  8. ED FL

    It appears that the house would have a hard time trying to get Boehner,Issa and Cantor to leave the house Tanning tub to do any legitimate work . They will sit on their hands till HADES freezes over befor the house will take any legitimate work.It hasn't worked since they got elected and they won't work until kicked out of the TUB and Congress in November 2012.

    June 13, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  9. PGH

    Contempt of Congress??? Who isn't guilty???

    June 13, 2012 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  10. Time for Change

    Holder offers a compromise? Are you serious? This is not an issue for compromise. As someone in his position, he should be protecting our citizens, instead of his political career. He needs to turn over all requested documents. There should not be any compromise.

    June 13, 2012 10:49 pm at 10:49 pm |
  11. King

    why didn't theses same repubs investigate the gun running policy back when the bush administration came up with it, now these repubs wants to put the bush disasterous policy on holder, I wonder if Obama had created a fake war and got thousands of American killed, I wonder if these repubs would be looking at impeachment procedures right about now, yet they let and Cheney off the hook, go figure.

    June 13, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. LessGov

    Holder is a fraud and thinks he is above the law. He absolutely needs to go.

    June 13, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    When will Issa and other GOP members of Congress actually take up Holder's offer? He wants to meet with them. I'd like to know when they will do that or have they chickened out?

    June 13, 2012 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The Tea Party radicals in the House will make every issue a political opportunity for obstructionism. They want our government to fail. Ironically, they also want the easy flow of firearms throughout our nation. Do they think those firearms won't end up in Mexico? These same firearms are spread across American cities. Do they see that as a problem?

    June 13, 2012 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain

    In the early 1970s, Issa was arrested twice on illegal-weapons charges, including an incident in Michigan that led to a misdemeanor gun conviction.

    Another "star" of the GOP is Gov. Rick Scott of Florida. Remember him? In 2002, his company, Columbia/HCA, pled guilty to 14 felonies and agreed to a $600+ million fine (the largest fraud settlement in US history).

    Then there's all the anti-gay GOPers who've been caught with boy toys; all the GOP senators caught having affairs with staffer's wives and "ladies of the evening;" the list goes on and on and on.

    My point? Issa is just another scumbag Repub trying to bring down President Obama and the Democrats – when he should be helping our country and actually earning his taxpayer's salary.

    June 14, 2012 12:56 am at 12:56 am |
  16. Dominic iwotor

    The house republican do not want anything positive done in this country as long as obama is the president but they will fail becuse he will be re elected

    June 14, 2012 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  17. Sandra, Atl

    Issa is now and has always been nothing but a political hack!

    June 14, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |