Hey, look, it’s coming up to summer. Summer’s always a nice time to rake administration officials over the coals.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his “refusal” to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation.
Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday sent to every member of his committee a 64-page draft contempt order against Holder, as well as a 17-page memo outlining the history of the scandal.
No, really, it is. Washington DC is miserable in the summer time – it is, after all, converted swampland – and that only encourages the nervous sweating. It isn’t a proper Congressional investigation without people sweating.
The documents can be found here; note that this is not an actual contempt order. Yet. What it is is an indication that Rep. Issa is looking forward to making AG Holder’s life miserable, and that Issa thinks that he has a clear path forward to do just that (the House Oversight committee is certainly not being shy about redistributing video about Holder’s looming contempt charges). Fox has the usual anonymous sources claiming that there’s internal conflict on whether to let Issa have its head; which is news to me, if true. I suspect that what actually happened is that Speaker Boehner wants Issa to have his ducks in a row before Issa starts the media circus, and that Issa is going along with that.
We’ll see. That draft order is certainly a threat.