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Friday, June 29, 2012

Justice Department won’t prosecute Attorney General Holder for contempt of Congress

   As I have continually commented on "Fast and Furious" it is our duty to find all the facts regarding the death of Brian Terry as a result of an illegal gun running operation by our government. Eric Holder needs to give the appropriate documentation to Issa's committee to get to the bottom of this tragedy for the Terry family.
   Where's the outrage from the White House, or anyone associated with this administration. Executive Privilege isn't going to satisfy the American public regarding Border Agent Terry's death by the very guns our government supplied to the drug cartel. Not releasing documents seems to be a big thing to this administration, just ask Obama for his college transcripts!!!!
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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department declared Friday that Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to withhold information about a bungled gun-tracking operation from Congress does not constitute a crime and he won’t be prosecuted for contempt of Congress.
The House voted Thursday afternoon to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt for refusing to turn over the documents. President Barack Obama invoked his executive privilege authority and ordered Holder not to turn over materials about executive branch deliberations and internal recommendations.
Attorney General Eric Holder says the vote finding him in contempt of Congress was a politically motivated act in an election year.

Attorney General Eric Holder says the vote finding him in contempt of Congress was a politically motivated act in an election year.
The House has approved a precedent-setting resolution to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress. It was the first time a sitting Cabinet member has been held in contempt.
In a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, the department said that it will not bring the congressional contempt citation against Holder to a federal grand jury and that it will take no other action to prosecute the attorney general. Dated Thursday, the letter was released Friday.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole said the decision is in line with long-standing Justice Department practice across administrations of both political parties.
“We will not prosecute an executive branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” Cole wrote.
In its letter, the department relied in large part on a Justice Department legal opinion crafted during Republican Ronald Reagan’s presidency.
Frederick Hill, the spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, said it is regrettable that “the political leadership of the Justice Department” is taking that position. Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman, is leading the effort to get the material related to Operation Fast and Furious.
Although the House voted Thursday to find Holder in criminal and civil contempt, Republicans probably are still a long way from obtaining documents they want for their inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed gun-tracking investigation focused on Phoenix-area gun shops by Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The criminal path is now closed and the civil route through the courts would not be resolved anytime soon.
“This is pure politics,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
“Remarkably the chairman of the committee involved here has asserted that he has no evidence that the attorney general knew of Operation Fast and Furious or did anything but take the right action when he learned of it.
“No evidence, so if you have no evidence as he has stated now about the White House and the attorney general, what else could this be but politics?”
More than 100 Democrats walked out of the House chamber to boycott the first of two contempt votes, saying Republicans were more interested in shameful election-year politics than documents.
Republicans demanded the documents for an ongoing investigation, but their arguments focused more on the need for closure for the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Two guns identified by the Fast and Furious tracking operation were found near his body after a shootout in Arizona.

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