Aug 27, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(THE BLAZE) In an exclusive interview with TheBlaze, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) voiced his regret that Attorney General Eric Holder will not face civil contempt court proceedings relating to “Operation Fast and Furious” until after the presidential election in November. “The rules of federal procedure are a little slow” Issa told The Blaze ”On October 15, Eric Holder and the Justice Department will answer the complaint, we assume that they‘ll move for dismissal and they’ll say there’s no value. We’ll move for summary judgement.”
In June, the U.S. House of Representatives, in a bipartisan vote, approved both a civil and criminal contempt resolution against Holder over his refusal to turn over documents relating to the failed federal gun-walking operation. The Department of Justice moved quickly to shield Holder from criminal contempt charges, however, Congress has since been pushing to advance civil contempt proceedings in a bid to force the Obama administration to turn over the documents via a court order.
But the dates set for these types of judgments will be past the Nov. 6 election date. Issa, who is Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says he is disappointed with this seemingly inevitable delay.
The trial will “sadly not occur until after the election” Issa told TheBlaze. However, the congressman reiterated that the proceedings have never been about politics or the upcoming presidential election. “It’s about getting to the truth, making sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said.
The California congressman said he doesn’t expect Holder to resign before the proceedings but Issa remains confident that the attorney general is guilty of failing to comply with a duly issued Congressional subpoena.
“I don’t think there can be anything more damning than to not have done your job well enough, and for a U.S. Border Patrol agent, hundreds of Mexican citizens and others to have died as a result” Issa Concluded.