Darrell Issa, California Republican and Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday at the House Judiciary hearing, raked Attorney General Eric Holder over the coals for not complying with his committee’s subpoenas and releasing the over 80,0000 documents relating to the failed ATF gun walking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
He later told Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren on Thursday night that he does not expect for Congress to recess for the July 4 holiday without the American people “having a date for contempt or knowing that it’s time to wrap up this investigation.” :
VAN SUSTEREN: And why doesn’t the speaker then say, Let’s fish or cut bait, either do this or don’t do this, and either issue the contempt — I mean, I don’t know if you’re right or wrong, but at least that would move it forward.
ISSA: I believe that the speaker is close to the end of his rope. My job, of course, is to do my job until the speaker makes that decision. I’m comfortable that he will make the decision relatively soon.
VAN SUSTEREN: What’s relatively soon, a week, two weeks, a month, two months?
ISSA: I don’t expect to go home for 4th of July without having a date for contempt or knowing that it’s time to wrap up this investigation and just admit that Justice is not transparent, that you’re not going to get the kind of cooperation you want.
I spoke with Mr. Issa as well on Thursday evening before a series of votes and he confirmed the contempt charge against Mr. Holder”could be at anytime.” within the next few weeks.
“The attitude of the Attorney General…the defiance—the refusal to even admit evidence that he was asked about directly…Jason Chaffetz reading an e-mail to him directly and him denying that it meant what it said and claiming superior knowledge,” said Mr. Issa.
Congressman Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, found himself arguing with AG Holder over an internal DOJ e-mail (H/T CNS NEWS) that referred to gun walking programs Fast and Furious and Tucson. AG Holder denied that Fast and Furious was referenced in the e-mails.
Rep. Issa seemed particularly annoyed by a recent New York Times piece alleging that House Speaker John Boehner, Ohio Republican, was not on board with the contempt charge against Holder and that Boehner was in negotiations with the Justice Department.
Rep. Issa explained: “The New York Times article alleging negotiations that the Speaker had to personally say we’re not going on, I think all of that is probably going to make it harder for us to be patient, because on one hand, [Holder] says:’We appreciate the narrowing of the request,’ but he’s granted nothing since May 18 when he got it, and it created an environment that sadly makes it very difficult not to go forward with contempt.”
Finally, The Hill referred to a “mole” in the Justice Department that is feeding information to Rep. Issa and his committee. Issa takes offense to the terminology saying, “The term ‘mole’ and ‘whistleblower’ are an interesting one. People who have had enough of the flagrant violations who turn over to Congress documents to help us understand misconduct and wrongdoing, you can call them moles. You can call them whistleblowers. We call them whistleblowers. We protect them.”