I have heard that the wheels of justice turn slowly. In the case of Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt of Congress charge, I find the wheels of justice to turn particularly slowly. The important thing, however, is that they turn. Whether Holder is still in office when he is held to account for his treason, I do not know. But we are now one step closer to seeing justice done.
Attorney General Eric Holder, who was held in contempt of Congress for his unwillingness to cooperate with Congress in it’s investigation of the Fast and Furious scandal, is now in danger of losing his protection offered by his accomplice and crony, President Obama.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filed civil contempt of Congress charges against Holder in the United States Federal District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday, the next step in getting to the bottom of the scandal that, by comparison, makes Watergate look like a parking violation.
The civil charges come as the next step in the pursuit of justice as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald Machen had refused to pursue criminal charges. Deputy Attorney General James Cole had stated that Holder’s withholding of vital documents to the Fast and Furious investigation, somehow, did not constitute a crime. The unwillingness to assemble a grand jury and Cole’s unwillingness to pursue charges against his boss signals a cowardice and utter disregard for the pursuit of justice.
The Fast and Furious scandal has served as a shameful blight on our nation’s history. However, perhaps equally as outrageous as the recklessness and violations of both ethics and laws on the part of the ATF and the Justice Department is the violation of ethics and integrity found in nearly every mainstream media source. While Fox News has served as the only mainstream news source that has reported on Fast and Furious prior to Holder’s contempt charge (save for a brief mention from CBS news), the rest of the media remained conspicuously silent on the matter, hoping that either the story would never gain traction or that those hurt by this scandal would somehow lose interest in seeing justice done.
In fact, The Washington Post, the newspaper that once chomped at the bit to uncover every facet of the Watergate scandal, sat down with Holder and instead of attempting to uncover the truth, provided an outlet for Holder to claim “victim” status and call the investigation a witch hunt.
Shortly thereafter, CNN’s LZ Granderson wrote that Americans should not be too “nosy” about this whole Fast and Furious thing, and that we should accept blindly whatever government does in the pursuit of our best interests.
With the recent filing in civil court, we are not out of the woods yet; we have seen stonewalling at nearly every turn with regards to the pursuit of justice. The media won’t report on the events, the cowardly Justice Department won’t pursue charges where they are obviously warranted and we may still see a dismissal by the judge in civil court. If the judge affirms the charges, Holder will likely appeal and draw out the process.
The 56-page-long complaint filed in civil court asks the judge to rule against Obama’s flimsy assertion of executive privilege, thus compelling the cooperation of Holder. Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa said in a statement,
“President Obama exceeded his authority by asserting executive privilege over subpoenaed documents related to the Justice Department’s cover-up of Operation Fast and Furious. Waiting nearly eight months after the subpoena had been issued to assert a meritless claim of privilege, the President’s decision was a calculated political maneuver designed to stop the release of documents until after November’s elections. After promising an unprecedented level of transparency, the President is attempting to expand the reach of executive privilege to obstruct the truth about the reckless conduct that contributed to the death of a Border Patrol Agent and countless Mexican citizens. The family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whistleblowers who faced retaliation for exposing the Justice Department’s reckless tactics, and the public have a right to know the full extent of what occurred.”
I am not naïve enough to believe that this is the final nail in the coffin of this massive scandal. However, it is encouraging to see an unrelenting desire by Congress to do their job and compel the cooperation of the Justice Department.
Earlier this month, Congress released the first of three reports outlining the Fast and Furious scandal. The first report outlined the top five conspirators responsible for the scandal that left America’s border violence-riddled and a Border Patrol Agent dead. Immediately after the report was released, Former ATF Deputy Director William Hoover resigned in disgrace. There are four more to go, but we are already seeing the dominoes fall, and it’s thanks to people demanding accountability for this outrage.
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