The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider a report holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt on June 20, Chairman Darrell Issa annonced Monday. They allege Holder failed to properly respond to a subpoena calling for the Justice Department to hand over documents related to Fast and Furious.
“While the Justice Department can still stop the process of contempt, this will only occur through the delivery of the post February 4, 2011, documents related to Operation Fast and Furious and whistleblower accusations subpoenaed by the Committee," Issa said in a statement. "If the Attorney General decides to produce these subpoenaed documents, I am confident we can reach agreement on other materials and render the process of contempt unnecessary.”
“The Justice Department is out of excuses," House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement. "Congress has given Attorney General Holder more than enough time to fully cooperate with its investigation into ‘Fast and Furious,’ and to help uncover the circumstances regarding the death of Border Agent Brian Terry. Agent Terry’s family, the whistleblowers who brought this issue to light, and the American people deserve answers. Either the Justice Department turns over the information requested, or Congress will have no choice but to move forward with holding the Attorney General in contempt for obstructing an ongoing investigation.”