- Posted June 28, 2012 by
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House Cites Holder for Contempt of Congress
The US House of Representatives, mostly along party lines, voted today to hold US Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide documents subpoened by the House Oversight and Reform Committee.
The House made the right call.
A majority of Democratic Representatives walked out rather than vote. This seems to be a pattern over the last few years where when the Democrats don't get their way, they walk away instead of doing their jobs and fighting for their positions.
Remember Wisconsin and Indiana where Democratic lawmakers fled the state rather than do the people's work?
President Barack Obama's claim to executive privilege over deliberative documents holds no water. The courts have held it takes more than just a declaration when the claim of executive privilege is made over deliberative documents.
The Administration must lay out in black and white why those documents should be withheld.
It is a high threshhold.
There does appear to be an attempt by the AG to stonewall the Committee. Even in discussions right up to the vote, Holder drew a line in the sand that the Committee must agree to not investigate, not fulfill its constitutional duty of oversight and investigation, which the courts have upheld over and over.
This demand to drop any further investigation clearly showed that Holder held the Congress in contempt and had no desire to deal with the Committee in good faith.
While the criminal charge of Contempt of Congress now goes to the US Attorney for the District of Columbia, no one expects that attorney to file charges against the man who is the attorney's boss. The only course will be to hire an outside attorney to represent the Congress and file for civil contempt through the courts.
What kept the AG from blinking?
What stopped the President from backing down?
What is the Justice Department and the Administration not telling the American people?
From the Cornfield, when the sitting US Attorney General of the United States of America demands that the Congress, the 2nd branch of government, cease and desist from fulfilling its constitutional duty, there is smoke.
And we all know where there is smoke, there is fire.
Could it be the fire of burning documents?