When the news about Operation Fast and Furious first reached American citizens one of the first things we were told is that the President and the White House were not involved. Now after a year of providing false and misleading information to Congress we have reason to doubt that statement as well.
Attorney General Holder and Congressional leaders, including Rep. Darrell Issa, met yesterday in a final attempt to get the Attorney General and the Department of Justice to turn over the documents they are still withholding from Congress and taxpayers. Mr. Holder and the DOJ again refused to turn over the documents and today we expect that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress.
It has been nearly two decades since the last time an Attorney General showed such disregard for the rule of law and the constitutionally required oversight of the executive branch. It has been nearly two decades since an Attorney General has had to be held in contempt by Congress.
This morning, on the verge of the committee vote on contempt, the White House has asserted executive privilege. Executive privilege is reserved only for the President of the United States and his White House staff and is an important part of our system of checks and balances. With the Obama White House’s assertion of executive privilege either they are stretching the legal foundation for executive privilege farther than any other president ever has or they have not been telling the truth to Congress and the American public about the White House’s involvement in Operation Fast and Furious.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is finding the Attorney General in contempt of Congress and contempt is the right word for Mr. Holder’s actions. He has shown contempt for the rule of law and contempt for the constitutionally mandated oversight of our government’s actions. The nation deserves a chief law enforcement officer who is dedicated to upholding the rule of law and the Constitution--not playing politics. It's time to make a change.
It's time for the Attorney General to resign.