Update 3:30 CST
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has approved a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
The measure now goes to the full House.
Attorney General Eric Holder did not produce any of the documents he and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa agreed on. The Department of Justice agreed to hand over 1300 pages in order to postpone tomorrow's contempt vote. Chairman Issa demanded them by Wednesday morning.
Wednesday morning came and went. Mr. Holder turned up to the 20 minute meeting empty handed as well. Instead Mr. Holder briefed Chairman Issa and others on the documents.
Chairman Issa released this statement after the meeting:
I had hoped that after this evening's meeting I would be able to tell you that the Department had delivered documents that would justify the postponement of tomorrow's vote on contempt. The Department told the Committee on Thursday that it had documents it could produce that would answer our questions. Today, the Attorney General informed us that the Department would not be producing those documents. The only offer they made involved us ending our investigation.
That's not an offer, that's a demand. One would think the Attorney General of the United States should know the difference.
While I still hope the Department will reconsider its decision so tomorrow's vote can be postponed, after this meeting I cannot say that I am optimistic. At this point, we simply do not have the documents we have repeatedly said we need to justify the postponement of a contempt vote in committee.
Holder's failed performance yesterday should harden the resolve of the Ovesight Committee. The ATF whistleblower was on the teevee last night discussing the internal cover up. None of this will end well.
Posted by: Frank G ||
John Boehner might not though Frank. Whether the whiffle-ball of a Speaker goes through with bringing it to the House floor is a toss-up at best.
Posted by: Charles ||
Ah. switched on Fox to see what the Committee vote count was, and find out Executive Priviledge has been evoked on the Documents Issa requested. Wonder what dirt Holder had on Obama to get him to do that?
Posted by: Charles ||
Even with no dirt, the premise of Obama is that he is infallable.
Points back to potential US State involvement. I wonder how long the Hildebeast can remain overseas and out of the spotlight?
As early as October of 2009 the CIA and the DEA had sent complaints about the Fast and Furious operation through their respective chains of command, eventually making their way directly to the National Security Council (NSC) at the White House. Klik
[buzzfeed.com] DeWitt, Mich. -- The protesters popping up at Mitt Romney's rallies throughout Michigan Tuesday look like run-of-the-mill grassroots liberals -- they wave signs about "the 99 percent," they chant about the Republican's greed, and they describe themselves as a loosely organized coalition of "concerned citizens."
That's how you know it's a real grass-roots organization, when everyone has the identical sign and chant in unison...
They're also getting paid, two of the protesters and an Obama campaign official told BuzzFeed.
That's one way of cutting unemployment. Perhaps Champ could hire a few hundred thousand; he could then actually claim he created some jobs...
At the candidate's afternoon stop outside a bakery in DeWitt, a group of about 15 protesters stood behind a police barricade, a few of them chanting in support of Obama. Asked why he was protesting, a man dressed in a grim reaper costume pointed a reporter to a pair of "designated representatives" standing in the shade.
"I can't talk, you gotta get one of those people over there to talk to y'all," he said. "They're the ones who can talk to reporters."
Neither of the representatives agreed to give their names, but two protesters said they were getting paid to stand outside of the rally, though their wage is unclear: one said she was getting $7.25 per hour, while another man said they were being paid $17 per hour.
Meanwhile, about 50 feet away, another protest had been organized by local Democrats in conjunction with the Obama campaign. A campaign official told BuzzFeed they had nothing to do with the other group -- which he said he believed they had been sent by the labor-backed "Good Jobs Now" -- and confirmed that they were being paid.
"I mean, it's a free country, they can go anywhere they want, but they're not with us," the official said.
The protesters also made an appearance at Romney's rally in Frankenmuth earlier in the day. There, a young man who identified himself only as Demarcus stood with a group of about five others, stopping reporters after the candidate's speech and saying they were there "to represent the 99 percent and tell Romney to stand up for us." He said he was from the group, "Good Jobs Now," but did not indicate whether he was being paid.
Brittany Smith, a spokeswoman for Good Jobs Now, confirmed that they had protesters at the events, but said their "activists are NOT paid to protest. We are a statewide community advocacy group."
The politics of heckling has been a point of frequent debate lately, with both campaigns allowing demonstrators to derail public events in recent weeks.