AFJ Condemns Partisan Maneuvers in Holder Contempt Proceedings
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Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012—The House of Representatives will today vote on whether or not to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to turn over sensitive Department of Justice documents to a House committee. Holder had offered to allow committee members to inspect the documents, but maintained that they should not be made public. The dishonest, outrageous decision to hold this vote is an affront to congressional traditions and an unprecedented intrusion of election-year politics into a legal proceeding.
For over a year now, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has been relentlessly investigating Attorney General Holder and the Department of Justice on charges that Issa himself could not clearly articulate. Last Thursday, Issa’s committee devoted the entire day to taking a party-line vote recommending that Congress hold the attorney general in contempt for not turning over internal Justice Department documents. That vote, and previous actions by the committee, made it clear that Chairman Issa and House leadership are only attacking Attorney General Holder for political reasons and they have no investigative merit.
“Attorney General Holder is to be commended for his tireless work at the Department of Justice defending the basic rights of all Americans,” said Nan Aron, President of Alliance for Justice. Aron cited some of Holder’s many accomplishments during his tenure as attorney general:
In 2007, Rep. Issa commented on Democrats’ request for internal Justice Department documents by saying, “The Justice Department revealing internal documents in response to a ‘political witch hunt’ is a mistake.” Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Issa has instigated his own “political witch hunt” that has no purpose other than to make it exceedingly difficult for Eric Holder to carry out the duties of the Attorney General and continue the work he has done on behalf of this country.
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