In case you might think the investigation into Fast and Furious is going away anytime soon, I’m here to reassure you that House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) isn’t about to let that happen. Just before the new year, Representative Issa issued a statement in which he “praised the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and others at the Justice Department as a result of lawful subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress.”
“These provisions in the 113th Congress rules package ensure that the civil suit authorized by the House of Representatives with the support of twenty-one Democratic representatives will move forward,” said Issa. “The Justice Department has still not met its legal obligations to turn over documents showing why it waited ten months to formally retract false denials of reckless tactics in Operation Fast and Furious and why it failed to appropriately respond to whistleblower allegations. The new Congress will be steadfast in its commitment to getting the full truth about this reckless gunwalking effort that has been linked to murders on both sides of our border with Mexico.”
Thousands of pages of documents that had been subpoenaed by Issa’s committee had yet to be turned over by the Obama Justice Department. Barack Obama invoked executive privilege in the matter pertaining to the documents. Eventually the House voted to hold Attorney General in contempt and when the deputy Attorney General said that he would not prosecute Eric Holder, the House set in motion a civil lawsuit against Holder, which the Obama Justice Department sought to dismiss.