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Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Virginia Foxx on Holder Contempt Proceedings
Contempt Decision is Long Overdue, Now Proceeds to Full House of Representatives
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement today upon the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s vote in favor of finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his obstruction of the Congressional investigation of Justice-sanctioned Operation Fast & Furious. The contempt resolution now proceeds to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
“The Attorney General is not above the law,” Congresswoman Virginia Foxx stated. “His repeated disregard for Congressional subpoenas and choice to continue hiding a mountain of potentially critical information while stonewalling the Congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits contempt status. I support the committee’s decision. It is long overdue.
“The American people deserve answers on this failed operation and they have every right to demand that those responsible for the disasters of Fast and Furious are held accountable. But without honesty, transparency, and good-faith cooperation from the Attorney General and Justice Department, there is no way to be confident that mistakes such as these won’t happen again.”
Congressional investigators began seeking answers for the flawed tactics involved in Operation Fast & Furious in January of 2011. Requests for information from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) to the Department of Justice were not fulfilled. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), whose committee has subpoena power, partnered with Grassley in this investigation and issued a first subpoena for documents relating to the Operation in April 2011. Issa’s subpoenas, though, have been largely ignored by the Attorney General as only 7,600 of the more than 100,000 pages of documents requested have been provided since the investigation began.
Fast and Furious is the failed operation run by the Department of Justice’s Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms division that authorized the sale and trafficking of illegal weapons in the United States and across the Mexican border. Guns sold through Fast and Furious were found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder in December of 2010.