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WILL THIS BE THE WATERSHED MOMENT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 12, 2012) — Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, will reportedly file a civil lawsuit for contempt of Congress against putative Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday in U.S. District Court in Washington, DC, where Judge Royce Lamberth presides.
Another charge of treason was filed by LCDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III because of Fast & Furious and again for Obama’s supplying of arms to Libya. On June 19, Obama claimed executive privilege at Holder’s urging over the documents sought by the House committee, indicating that he had played a part in creating them. Nixon had also invoked executive privilege but was eventually forced to turn over the tape recordings he had made of his conversations with Republican operatives in the Oval Office.
Some have called the Fast & Furious scandal “worse than Watergate.”
On June 20, the Oversight Committee had voted to cite Holder for contempt both civilly and criminally for withholding documents providing details of the Fast & Furious operation, begun in 2009 with money from the stimulus bill. Holder’s Department of Justice stated that it would not prosecute the criminal charge. On June 28, the full House of Representatives voted to uphold the citations, with some Democrats joining the Republicans in voting in favor.
The Obama regime Justice Department has been accused of selective prosecution before in the case of the New Black Panthers voter intimidation case.
The citation came after Holder had refused to turn over documentation relating to Fast & Furious, the gunwalking operation which ultimately killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent and ICE agent plus several hundred Mexicans after guns were allowed to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and other criminals. Republicans had announced plans to file the federal lawsuit earlier this month, just after Congress left for its August break.
Two subpoenas for information issued by the House committee last October were thwarted by Holder, leading to a standoff which resulted in the contempt findings on June 28.
Issa has reportedly compared the attempts to procure the Fast & Furious documents subpoenaed last fall to “the efforts to uncover Richard Nixon’s White House tapes during the Watergate investigation.”
The Post & Email observed last week that there appear to be parallels between the 1972-74 Watergate investigation and the Fast & Furious investigation, which began roughly two years ago.