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[important]Eric Holder Won’t Be Prosecuted For Contempt Charge, Jay Carney Says [/important]

|Posted: 06/29/2012 3:24 pm Updated: 06/29/2012 3:54 pm |

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric Holder won’t be prosecuted for being in contempt of Congress because he is insulated by President Barack Obama’s use of executive privilege, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday.House Republicans voted Thursday to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress — a historical first — for failing to provide certain documents they sought relating to the Justice Department’s botched Fast and Furious operation. The vote came after months of threats by Republicans warning they would make the dramatic move if Holder didn’t give them the documents they wanted, without condition, a process that Democrats and the administration have dismissed as a political stunt. In the end, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege and directed Holder not to release certain documents for legal reasons. The contempt vote happened anyway.But for all the GOP fireworks, Carney said that Holder won’t be prosecuted for the criminal charge.
“It is an established principle, dating back to the administration of President Ronald Reagan, that the Justice Department does not pursue prosecution in a contempt case when the President has asserted executive privilege,” Carney told reporters in a gaggle aboard Air Force One.

“The assertion of executive privilege makes the contempt matter moot, if you will. I mean, I’m not a lawyer, so I’m probably not using quite the precise language. But it is my understanding,

AG Eric Holder

Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the media following a vote in the House of Representatives at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Louisiana office on June 28, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. *** Local Caption *** Eric Holder

and I would refer you to the Justice Department, that dating back to the administration of President Reagan that prosecutions will not take place under this, in this circumstance.”

A Justice Department spokeswoman echoed Carney’s comments and pointed to a letter that was delivered Thursday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) outlining the same argument.
“Across administrations of both political parties, the longstanding position of the Justice Department has been and remains that we will not prosecute an Executive Branch official under the contempt of Congress statute for withholding subpoenaed documents pursuant to a presidential assertion of executive privilege,” reads the letter, signed by Deputy Attorney General James Cole.

Regardless of the Reagan-era tradition, it was already highly unlikely that Holder would have faced prosecution. The criminal charge refers the dispute to a District of Columbia U.S. attorney, who was appointed by Obama and serves under Holder, meaning he’s not likely to seek action.
The House passed a separate, civil contempt charge that authorizes the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to sue the Justice Department to try to force Holder to turn over more documents. But that effort could get tied up in court for years.

Carney again called the contempt vote “pure politics” and noted that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who led the 18-month investigation, said he had no evidence that Holder or the White House knew about the activities of Fast and Furious. Even former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.), who was “not a political friend” of President Bill Clinton, refused to hold Attorney General Janet Reno in contempt when some in his party wanted him to, Carney said.

Issa and House Republican leaders have “made a strategic choice to try to somehow make a political play here that I don’t really think will be effective,” Carney said. “Perhaps short of inspiring some small segment of the American electorate out there, I think it will turn off most Americans who just are sick of the political gamesmanship in Washington.”

This article has been updated with a comment from a Justice Department spokeswoman.
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[important]Congressional Black Caucus Forces Vote On Darrell Issa’s Treatment Of Eric Holder [/important]

| Posted: 06/29/2012 11:57 am Updated: 06/29/2012 1:41 pm |

WASHINGTON — A day after House Republicans made history by voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus on Friday forced the House to vote on a measure to scold Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for his treatment of the nation’s top law enforcement official.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) put forward a privileged resolution stating that Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, violated House rules during his handling of his months-long probe into the Justice Department’s botched “Fast and Furious” operation. A privileged resolution specifically applies when a lawmaker charges another with breaking rules relating to the dignity of the House or the reputation of its members.

Lee requested that the House clerk read aloud the entire resolution, which ticked off several instances in which Issa behaved in a way that Democrats say was out of line. Those instances included, per the resolution, publicly calling Holder “a liar” and demonstrating “unprofessional behavior” that could jeopardize investigations underway in Congress.

“The House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the chair for interfering with ongoing criminal investigations; insisting on a personal attack against the Attorney General of the United States; and for calling the Attorney General of the United States a liar on national television without corroborating evidence, thereby discredit to the integrity of the House,” the resolution concludes.

As expected, Republicans lined up to reject the resolution. It was tabled by a vote of 259 to 161, with 24 Democrats siding with all Republicans. But it gave most Democrats what they wanted: a chance to publicly reprimand Issa.

An Issa spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nearly all House Democrats, led by the Congressional Black Caucus, walked out of Thursday’s contempt vote to protest what they said was a political stunt aimed at tarnishing President Barack Obama ahead of November’s elections. As dozens of lawmakers flooded onto the Capitol lawn for a press conference, Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) told the group they should be proud of what they had done.

“By walking out, we are declaring we are not participating in this process,” he said.

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The Congressional Black Caucus on Friday forced the House to vote on a resolution expressing disapproval for Rep. Darrell Issa’s treatment of Attorney General Eric Holder.

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