Republicans in the House of Representatives plan to introduce articles of impeachment against Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday, in the hopes of removing a cabinet member they say has lied to Congress as well as failed to uphold federal law.
The pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright has only continued.
Still, an impeachment drive would further fuel the tensions that exist between the federal government’s top law enforcement officer and conservative lawmakers. According to the media firm CQ Roll Call, 10 other Republicans would co-sponsor the articles of impeachment, five of whom are from Texas.According to an outline, the first article is based on “Operation Fast and Furious”
After Holder refused to give a congressional committee subpoenaed documents about the Justice Department’s involvement in “Fast and Furious” he was found in contempt of Congress. The House oversight committee has also sued for the documents.The other impeachment articles rest on issues that have raised conservatives’ ire in recent years, including Holder’s decisions not to enforce laws on same-sex marriage, on prison sentences for certain drug crimes and not to prosecute an official in the Internal Revenue Service for targeting conservative political activists.They also say Holder lied to Congress about a Justice Department investigation into Fox News correspondent James Rosen.
Sources—reuter, marvin gentry, lisa lambert, paul simon