Claiming that Congress has been “stonewalled by the Justice Department” on its Fast & Furious investigation, Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, confirmed to FOX News that he has been given authority by House Speaker John Boehner to prepare a contempt of Congress resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for withholding internal documents on the controversial gun-tracking program.
The Los Angeles Times first reported Friday morning that Issa and top committee officials “were given the green light to proceed toward a contempt citation” after a meeting held in Boehner’s office.
The program, run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Phoenix office, was exposed when guns traced back to AFT were found near Tucson, where U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot to death in December, 2010.
Terry’s mother posted a Facebook post calling Holder a “joke” and a “coward”after the attorney general’s appearance before Issa’s committee in February.
A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the LA Times/Tribune’s Washington Bureau stated:
The department's refusal to work with Congress to ensure that such a mistake is never repeated is inexcusable and cannot stand.
Those responsible for allowing Fast and Furious to proceed and those who are preventing the truth about the operation from coming out must be held accountable for their actions.