For over a year, the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has been trying to investigate the failed and botched federal gun walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Justice Department has fought Issa every step of the way, trying to prevent the House committee from learning the truth about the program.
In June of this year, the House voted to hold Holder in criminal contempt of Congress for failing to abide by congressional subpoenas and refusing to provide requested documents. In an act of outright defiance and abuse of the law, Holder instructed Judge Ron Machen, U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C., to ignore the criminal contempt charge and do not enforce it. Additionally, President Barack Obama exerted his executive privilege to protect his top legal puppet and seal the documents that the House had subpoenaed.
This has prompted the House to file civil contempt charges against Holder. By filing this type of contempt lawsuit, they are asking a federal judge to overrule Obama’s executive privilege and force Holder to turn over the documents that the committee believes to be necessary to their investigations.
The question is, will a federal judge be willing to uphold the civil contempt charge and invalidate Obama’s executive privilege in the matter?
“Well, if he [a federal judge] doesn’t [overturn Obama’s executive privilege assertion], it’s going to be the most sweeping abuse of executive privilege in the history of executive privilege.