John Boehner and the House Republicans just threw down the gauntlet at the POS in the White House and his henchman, Eric “I won’t prosecute New Black Panthers ’cause they’re my people” Holder.
Stephen Dinan reports for The Washington Times that House Republicans today asked the federal courts to intervene and force the Obama administration to turn over documents from the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, escalating what had been a simmering constitutional crisis.
In a bipartisan vote in June the House held Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents the House had subpoenaed as part of its official investigation.
The administration first said it would try to work out a way to release the documents and said they didn’t show anything incriminating. But the White House later reversed course and claimed executive privilege prevented them from having to release the information.
House Speaker John A. Boehner said that since the Obama administration ignored a congressional subpoena — something the courts have long recognized as valid — lawmakers were left with no choice but to ask the courts to referee: “By stonewalling Congress and ignoring a contempt order, the Justice Department has left the House no choice but to take legal action so we can get to the bottom of the Fast and Furious operation that cost border agent Brian Terry his life.”
Terry was killed in December 2010 in a gun fight with bandits who had crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. Two of the weapons recovered at the scene were part of Fast and Furious, an Obama administration operation that was supposed to try to track guns being sold to Mexican cartels, but which lost track of the weapons, allowing thousands to stream across the border.
The operation was halted in the wake of Terry’s death, but left Mexican authorities enraged and members of Congress demanding to know more.
Read the rest of the Washington Times article here.