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What? Fire Eric? No Way!

It took Univision to do it, but President Obama today got asked some tough questions about Fast and Furious, namely, does the buck stop with Attorney General Eric Holder? He didn’t know nothin’ about it, Obama said. Okay, WHY NOT? Here was the question from Univision co-host Jorge Ramos: You told me during an interview that you and Mr. Holder did not authorize the Fast and

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DOJ Inspector General Clears Holder in Fast & Furious

The Department of Justice inspector general issued a report today saying that there was no evidence Attorney General Holder knew of the Fast and Furious operation before being informed of it in a letter in early 2011 from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa). Holder has long maintained that he knew nothing of the probe. However, according to The Hill, the report found widespread errors within the

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Holder Voted in Contempt of Congress

The House moved for the first time in history this afternoon to hold an Attorney General in contempt, voting by 255-67 in support of a contempt resolution brought about by Holder’s failure to turn over documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal. Belying White House claims that the vote was purely partisan, 17 Democrats joined Republicans in support of the resolution. Many Democrats walked

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Press Erupts in Laughter at Carney Invoking “Principle”

Updated 4:11 pm ET The White House press corps got a good laugh today following an assertion by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney that President Obama’s claim of executive privilege to keep from Congress documents related to Fast and Furious was “entirely about principle.” Here’s how it went down: QUESTION: I guess my question is are you declaring that mostly on principle to ensure

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Issa Panel Cites Holder for Contempt

Led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the House Oversight Committee this afternoon voted Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to hand over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation. After Republicans defeated several Democratic amendments seeking to water down the contempt resolution, the panel moved through a resolution of contempt on 23-17 Party line vote. If a deal

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Obama Asserts Executive Privilege in Fast and Furious

Updated 4:01 pm ET President Obama asserted executive privilege over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running operation, preventing their release to the House Oversight Committee. Nevertheless, the panel, led by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), continued with its procedure to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt for failing to turn them over. The presidential determination was formally in response to a request

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Oversight Panel to Vote on Citing Holder for Contempt

The House Oversight Committee will vote June 20 on whether to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress. Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who has been leading the investigation into the administration’s handling of the Fast and Furious gun running operation into Mexico, issued a statement today charging Holder with withholding evidence. The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other

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Democrat Backs Issa Enforcement of Holder Subpoena

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

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Issa Lays Out the Case for Holder Contempt Citation

But he’s not citing Holder for contempt yet. From Fox News: Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his “refusal” to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday sent to every

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Congress Set to Cite Holder for Contempt

Congressional Republicans are set to issue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, charging he has obstructed the Congressional investigation into the Fast and Furious Mexican gun running operation, according to CBS News. But the Huffington Post is reporting that the citation, which is would be designed to force the Justice Department to release thousands of documents related to the operation, may not be

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The Fast and Furious Gun Control Plot

A couple of months back, I heard Rush Limbaugh say that the Fast and Furious operation was part of a cynical effort by people in the Obama administration to make the case for more gun control laws. I thought, well, that’s a little far-fetched. I mean, nobody would ever infect a patient with disease in order to make the argument for more medicine, right? Boy,

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The Obama Scandals Continue to Simmer

Well, now we know one good reason why President campaigned so aggressively to maintain Democratic control of the House. With Republicans running the House and in charge of the committees, the White House now has something it was missing in its first two years: oversight. House Republicans Thursday subpoenaed the White House for internal emails related to Solyndra, trying to ascertain whether political favoritism informed

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