The House of Representatives is not happy with Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder, who was a big star when appointed to the position in 2011 due to his actions as New York state attorney general, hasn’t exactly taken to the role of big boss of the federal government’s law enforcement division. He’s pestered an MP from Iceland for Twitter information, and most controversially, he approved the so-called Fast and Furious program, in which the federal government sold weapons to organized crime syndicates, then attempted to track those weapons down in an attempt to track criminals down. It hasn’t been very successful; Eric Holder will be cited for contempt by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
There are multiple reasons why this happened, most of which can be traced to committee chairman Darrell Issa, a known administration critic who has pounced on Obama’s approval of the Fast and Furious program, which has claimed the life of at least one federal agent killed by those released guns. The committee voted 23-17 to cite Holder over the release or lack thereof of documents concerned with Fast and Furious; the AG’s office has released 7500 documents related to the program but refuses to release all of the requested documents for a variety of security reasons, both spurious and not.
The House of Representatives will vote on Holder’s contempt of congress citation next.
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