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Capital Hill Watch Alert

Holder Contempt Vote In House

The House of Representative is expected to vote on Thursday, June 28, 2012, on a resolution that would hold U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to produce documents in the “Fast and Furious” gun-running investigation.  If U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. complies with subpoenas issued by the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee, the vote could be postponed Republicans have indicated.  However, executive privilege to shield Mr. Holder from releasing them was invoked by President Barack Obama.

"Operation Fast and Furious"

Weapons from the U.S. were allowed to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels by a federal opertion dubbed "Fast and Furious." The operation which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives which has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes that include the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

Justice Department Denies Knowledge of “Operation Fast and Furious.”

The Justice Department denied any knowledge of “Operation Fast and Furious” in a February 2011 letter to Congress.  U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. claimed that he had only recently learned of the matter during May congressional testimony. However, turning out to be false were both letter and testimony.  For example, wiretapping applications containing specific details had been reviewed by Mr. Holder's top aides.  And memos referencing the operation had been received by Attorney General Holder. For nine months Congress had been left under a false impression.

 To fight further disclosures — permitting investigation into the original program but not into the misstatements and corrections that followed – was the Justice Department's response to this disclosure.   And of the material investigators have requested, Attorney General Holder has only provided 7,600 pages or about 8 percent.

Gun Control And “Operation Fast and Furious”

On June 24, 2012, on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” ABC News' Jake Tapper was told by Chairman of the House oversight committee US Representative of California Darrell Issa (R) that e-mails from people involved in “Operation Fast and Furious” demonstrate that the operation was more about pushing for gun control than actually getting criminal prosecutions.

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. continues to be the political arm of the Obama administration and is no longer the chief law enforcement officer of the United State.   Mr. Holder's Justice Department has exhausted its credibility.  Transparent obstruction has resulted from false statements as Attorney General Holder treats Congress with contempt.   His supreme arrogance leads a Justice Department that lacks accountability which is no longer is governed by the rule of law but does what is politically expedient for President Barack Obama.

What Can You Do?  

Urge your representative to SUPPORT the resolution that would hold U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt for failing to produce documents in the “Fast and Furious” gun-running investigation.

Contact Information:    

Capitol Hill Switchboard Number: 202-224-3121 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

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To electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to  Write Your Representative

Addressing Correspondence:    

The Honorable (full name) 
United States House of Representatives 
Washington, DC 20515  

Dear Representative (last name):  



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