House Republicans Fire off Letter to Eric Holder
House Speaker John Boehner is feeling the heat. So continue asking your congressman to demand that Boehner push for a contempt citation.
House Republican leaders sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder last Friday demanding that he fork over the thousands upon thousands of documents that the Justice Department has continued to withhold from a congressional investigative committee.
In the letter, House Speaker John Boehner warned that the House will be prepared to “act to fulfill our constitutional obligations” if Holder continues stonewalling Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is leading the investigation of Operation Fast & Furious.
The “constitutional obligations” mentioned in Boehner’s letter could include holding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, which could result in extensive jail time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines, considering that multiple charges are involved.
Boehner’s letter — which was cosigned by other top Republicans in the House, including Rep. Issa — said the American people “deserve to know” how an operation like Fast & Furious could have continued for so long, and it demands a full accounting of “who knew of and approved an operation that placed weapons in the hands of drug cartels.”
The letter states that Americans have lost confidence in the ability of the administration to police these abuses by itself, although it does not call for the Attorney General to step down. Currently, more than 100 congressmen have called for the Attorney General to step down or be fired — a move which is also supported by Gun Owners of America.
Previous news articles have noted Boehner’s reluctance to push for contempt charges against Eric Holder. And so it’s not clear whether this letter represents a change of heart, or if it’s simply “smoke and mirrors” designed to make it seem that the leadership is “doing something.”
Either way, this is NOT the time to let up on the pressure.
ACTION: House Speaker John Boehner is feeling the heat. So continue asking your congressman to demand that Boehner push for a contempt citation.
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