In a rare defiance of House Democratic leaders, a Democratic House member says he supports efforts by House Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) to enforce a subpoena of Attorney General Holder demanding information Republicans say he has improperly withheld, The Daily Caller is reporting.
From The Daily Caller piece:
Indiana Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly told The Daily Caller on Tuesday that he supports the House oversight committee’s efforts to enforce the congressional subpoena of Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.
“One of the duties of Congress is to provide oversight of the Executive Branch,” Donnelly told TheDC. “There has been a serious allegation of federal law enforcement misconduct and we need to get to the bottom of this issue without playing partisan politics.”
Coming on top of the recent refusal by Democratic Rep. David Boren of Oklahoma to say he supports the attorney general – a growing list of Republicans is demanding Holder’s ouster – Donnelly’s decision could suggest that support for Holder will begin to crumble on a bipartisan basis.
Issa is threatening to enforce the subpoena by seeking a contempt of Congress citation against Holder.
Donnelly is presumptive nominee for the Senate seat currently held by Indiana Republican Richard Lugar, and will face the winner of the runoff between Lugar and conservative challenger Richard Mourdock, who is favored in today’s primary. Running statewide in conservative Indiana, Donnelly has more incentive than some other Democratic to buck his Party’s liberal leadership.
But if more Democrats line up against the attorney general, a cadre within the Party will effectively be in open rebellion against President Obama, who is personally close to Holder.