Civil Rights Group Admonishes Issa Against Contempt Charges
According to the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR), Chairman Darrell Issa of the House Oversight Committee better stop his "unwarranted" pursuit of contempt charges against Attorney General Eric Holder.
The coalition of over 200 organizations sent Issa a letter on Monday deflecting attention away from the real issue--namely, how higher-ups at the Department of Justice and possibly the White House could believe that arming drug cartels with thousands of weapons was a good thing. In their missive LCCR doesn't seem to be interested in the facts of the deadly program only in AG Holder's welfare.
We are deeply troubled by the prospect that the Attorney General will be cited for contempt by your committee, and believe that such action is unwarranted. We urge you to reconsider that decision...To put it simply, the attempt to cite General Holder for contempt seems to be a rush to judgment intended to create a stain on the office of the Attorney General.
LCCR would rather stand by the Ultimate Victim, Eric Holder, than murdered federal agents and Mexican citizens.
The letter also throws in the word "stain" to suggest Issa's due diligence is motivated by the color of Holder's skin not the latter's refusal to turn over subpoenaed documents.
Coincidentally, Otis Moss III the pastor of Rev. Wright's former church Trinity United in Chicago wrote a Daily Beast article in March referencing the "stain of racism." Must be the go-to word for Holder's defenders.
The AG himself was a little bolder last December in a New York Times interview when he didn't just imply racism was involved, he flat out called those investigating Fast and Furious "the more extreme segment" who only wanted "to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him...you know, the fact that we're both African-American."
All of this race-baiting has not deterred Rep. Issa. In fact, the Chairman not only circulated a contempt of Congress draft among his colleagues last week, he is now aggressively pushing for bipartisan support in going after Holder. Democrat Rep. Joe Donnelly of Indiana has just voiced his support for the Oversight Committee's action and Issa has at least 30 other Democrats in his sights.
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