- Posted October 16, 2012 by
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USDOJ Attempts to Squelch Contempt of Congress Citation
The US Department of Justice has filed a motion with the federal court overseeing the Contempt of Congress Citation against Attorney General Eric Holder asking the court to throw out the case brought by the US House of Representatives.
According to the DOJ filing, Justice contends that the court should not be involved in settling a "political" dispute between the other 2 co-equal branches of government. In essence the DOJ contends that it is not the venue of the Judiciary Branch to be the arbitrator between the Executive and Legislative Branches.
But that's exactly the way the US Constitution set up the checks and balances we have with our republican form of government. The DOJ is in error, in my opinion, to say the Judiciary has no business butting into a conflicting point of view of the other 2 branches of government.
The Contempt of Congress Citation against Holder came about after President Barack Obama claimed executive privilege in regard to documents in the Fast & Furious scandal. That scandal erupted after a US border agent was killed by a weapon allowed to "walk" by ATF agents in Arizona. The program has since been discontinued.
A congressional oversight committee attempted to learn how the failed program was operated and who knew what and when. The committee hit a brick wall when the President exerted executive privilege. In an unprecedented move, the full House of Representatives voted, mostly along party lines, to cite, for the first time in American history, a sitting Attorney General for Contempt of Congress.
The Justice Department declined to prosecute the criminal charge associated, as was expected. For anyone to have believed that the DOJ would file charges against its boss must live in LaLa Land. Subsequently, the House voted to pursue civil contempt charges against Holder in federal court.
It is doubtful that the court will grant the DOJ motion and dismiss the case.
From the Cornfield, while resolution of this case may very well not be known until well into the term of the next president, be it the President being re-elected or Mitt Romney wresting the keys to the White House, the American people deserve to see this case adjudicated to the end, whether the court agrees with Congress or the Executive Branch.