House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is expected to file a civil contempt of Congress lawsuit against Attorney General Eric Holder Monday morning, in hopes of securing documents pertaining to Operation Fast & Furious that President Obama placed under Executive Privilege. The suit comes after the House voted on June 28 to place the Attoney General in civil and criminal contempt of Congress; the bipartisan vote passed 255-67, with seventeen Democrats joining Republicans in their attempt to find all the facts about the failed gun sting that has plagued the country for nearly two years and resulted in the death of over three-hundred Mexican citizens and two U.S. border patrol agents (one of whom was Brian Terry, whose birthday was yesterday).
Ron Machen, U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, was instructed by Eric Holder’s Justice Department to disregard the House-approved criminal contempt charges; Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has called on Machen to assert the independence necessary to his position and not let politics influence his supposedly objective post, but without result. However, the civil contempt charges are moving forward, with the next step coming tomorrow morning in the form of the Oversight Committee’s lawsuit. These civil charges allow for Chairman Issa and the Oversight Committee to hire attorneys and provide the means necessary to file suit against AG Holder, and challenge the President’s exertion of Executive Privilege over documents that contain high-level communications regarding how to handle questions about their failed gun sting.
We have incredible leaders working on the Fast and Furious investigation. Leaders like Darrell Issa, Trey Gowdy, Jason Chaffetz, and other members of the Oversight Committee are certainly making America proud by flying in the face of the political games and ensuring that justice is brought to those responsible for this failed program. How often do we see real leaders willing to stand up for what is right? It’s become a rarity in today’s political establishment, and these leaders are a welcome and refreshing change.