House Files to impeach U.S. Attorney General Holder

WASHINGTON  – Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member that has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law.

 “This was not a decision that I made lightly. Since the House voted in 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, the pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued,” Texas Representative Pete Olson, who drafted the articles, said in a statement provided to Reuters on Wednesday.

“The American people deserve answers and accountability. If the attorney general refuses to provide answers, then Congress must take action.”

The Justice Department did not respond to requests for comment on the possibility of an impeachment move.

The resolution could pass the Republican-dominated House but would likely sputter in the Democratic-dominated Senate, which would have to hold a trial to remove Holder, who has been attorney general since 2009, from office.

Still, an impeachment drive would further fuel the tensions that exist between the federal government’s top law enforcement officer and conservative lawmakers. According to the media firm CQ Roll Call, 10 other Republicans would co-sponsor the articles of impeachment, five of whom are from Texas.

According to an outline, the first article is based on “Operation Fast and Furious” a bungled attempt to build cases against major gun traffickers who supplied firearms to Mexican drug cartels, while electing not to immediately prosecute low-level traffickers even as they bought 2,000 potentially illegal guns.

The operation came to light after two of those firearms were found in Arizona at the scene of the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

After Holder refused to give a congressional committee subpoenaed documents about the Justice Department’s involvement in “Fast and Furious” he was found in contempt of Congress. The House oversight committee has also sued for the documents.

The other impeachment articles rest on issues that have raised conservatives’ ire in recent years, including Holder’s decisions not to enforce laws on same-sex marriage, on prison sentences for certain drug crimes and not to prosecute an official in the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative political activists.

They also say Holder lied to Congress about a Justice Department investigation into Fox News correspondent James Rosen.

 Whistleblowers uncovering this operation, critics have argued that Eric Holder has:

  • Stonewalled on congressional subpoenas regarding the operation
  • Covered up criminally negligent manslaughter
  • Lied under oath regarding knowledge of the operation
  • Sealed court documents relating to Brian Terry’s murder
  • Resisted congressional investigation for over a year.
  • Persecuted the whistleblowers in the Justice Department

In addition, Eric Holder has been criticized for:

  • Taking legal action against four U.S. States that attempted to control a tide of illegal immigration that the federal government has not had the will or the ability to stem.
  • Hiring attorneys for the DOJ entirely based on partisan policies.
  • Refusing to prosecute voter intimidation cases against the New Black Panther Party.

J. Christian Adams, a former DOJ official turned whistleblower, recently made a public call for Eric Holder’s impeachment. According to Adams, “ the Constitution provides more tools to undo the rot at DOJ. Article II section 4 allows executive brand officers to be impeached. This includes Holder.’’

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