They've got muck; we've got rakes. TPM Muckraker

Fast And Furious: Issa Makes Case For Holder Contempt Resolution


Issa said in a statement that the draft contempt report "explains the case, to both Members of the Committee and the American people, for holding Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress" and "provides the facts, on which decisions will be made."

A Justice Department official told TPM that DOJ continues to comply with the Oversight Committee's requests and said the information it has not released is the type that is historically not released because it would politicized and jeopardize ongoing criminal investigations and prosecutions. That position, according to DOJ, is backed by an Office of Legal Counsel memo authored by President Ronald Reagan's Justice Department that asserted turning over such documents would allow Congress to "exert pressure or attempt to influence the prosecution of criminal cases."

Issa first threatened contempt proceedings over a year ago. There were mixed reports last week on whether House Speaker John Boehner had explicitly signed off on Issa's pursuit of a contempt resolution against Holder.