As members of the GOP and its supporting media clamor on and on that Obama is simply playing political games by dealing with immigration so close to the general election, I find it interesting that the House Oversight Committee led by GOP Rep. Daryl Issa is preparing his committee to vote on a Contempt of Congress charge against US Attorney General Eric Holder. Seems Issa and his GOP caucus believe that Holder has not been forthcoming with all the documents his committee has been demanding via subpoenas relating to the ill-conceived and executed Fast and Furious Mexican arms trafficking program and therefore, he must either resign his office or face the sanction of Contempt of Congress. For the record, Fast and Furious was conceived and initiated by the Bush Justice Department and ended by Holder once his department realized it was nothing but a major calamity. Guns were distributed and re-distributed that were eventually traced to murders and mayhem throughout the drug world Mexico is now famous for. Also for the record, Holder has gone before Issa's committee no less than twelve times in the past year, yet Issa is still not satisfied. To make matters worse, back in 2008 when the Democrats had control over the very same committee, they attempted to use a civil contempt lawsuit against the Bush Justice Department's involvement in purging US Attorneys that were previously appointed by Democratic presidents. At that time, Rep. John Boehner and other prominent GOP Representatives filed an Amicus Brief decrying the action as an effort to merely "generate a rapid confrontation with the White House." Sound familiar? It appears Issa has gotten just what he wanted, a direct confrontation with the White House because President Obama has declared the documents being sought by the Committee to be subject to "Executive Privilege." Now we DO have the conflict Issa and his GOP caucus has been gearing for, and right before the election. So seriously think about it. Are no politics involved? Really?
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