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Yoho: impeach Holder




Monitor Editor

U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho joined 19 other House Republicans on Nov. 14 in sponsoring articles of impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder.

The articles accuse Holder of refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on Oct. 12, 2011, seeking information and documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious.

The House members also accused the Attorney General of giving false testimony under oath before Congress on May 15, 2013, about the Justice Department investigation of journalist James Rosen.

In addition, the impeachment measure claims Holder failed to enforce U.S. certain laws, including the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act, and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.

The articles also say Holder failed to discharge his duties by declining to  prosecute IRS officials involved in the targeting and disclosure of tax records belonging to political donors.

In an email, Yoho said, “Attorney General Holder has shown a blatant and repeated pattern of disrespect for the laws of our nation, and deception towards Congress and the American people.”

Yoho, whose district consists of all or parts of 13 north Florida counties including Clay, Bradford, and Union, said Holder’s actions during a congressional investigation of Operation Fast and Furious were particularly disturbing.

Fast and Furious was a sting operation conducted by the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  During the operation, ATF agents tracked firearms purchased by straw buyers in the U.S. into Mexico with the goal of uncovering gun trafficking networks. The operation came to a close one month after one of the weapons ATF was tracking was found at the scene of murdered border patrol agent Brian Terry.

During its investigation of the operation, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform accused the Justice Department of denying the committee access to Justice Department employees and withholding documents.   In June 2012, the full house voted to hold Holder in contempt, making him the first Attorney General to be held in contempt of congress.

“As egregious as Operation Fast and Furious was,” Yoho wrote in an email, “the Attorney General’s handling of the aftermath showed he had little regard for the gravity of the situation. An American border patrol agent lost his life. And instead of cooperating with the resulting investigation, the Attorney General misled Congress and obstructed the oversight investigation.”

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Holder dismissed the impeachment measure as “meaningless partisan” politics that includes several “factually incorrect” allegations.

“To the extent that there are concerns about policy differences that I might have with certain members of Congress, I’m not certain that rises to the level of impeachment,” he told the newspaper.

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