House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation for Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. There are conflicting reports on the support of Weeper Boehner. Fox News reports that Boehner gave Issa and others on his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform the authority to drafted a contempt of Congress resolution. The Daily Caller on the other hand reports that Issa is currently moving forward without the support of House Speaker John Boehner. So which is true? Does Weeper Boehner support Issa’s draft of a contempt of Congress against Holder or not? Based on the weak leadership of Weeper Boehner, I tend to believe the Daily Caller’s report.
Holder’s Department of Justice has provided only about 7,000 pages worth of the more than 70,000 pages of documents Issa has subpoenaed related to Operation Fast and Furious.
Issa and many others on Capitol Hill have threatened for months that they’ll hold Holder in contempt without actually doing it. This 48-page contempt citation is the first official step in moving forward with contempt proceedings.
To actually effectively hold Holder in contempt, Issa would need House GOP leadership to play ball. At this point, it appears as though House Speaker John Boehner is only partially in his court.
A House Republican leadership aide told The Daily Caller on Friday that “while there are very legitimate arguments to be made in favor of such an action [holding Holder in contempt], no decision has been made to move forward with one by the Speaker or by House Republican leaders.”