Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Holder to be Pardoned for Contempt?

The Hill reports Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) "as part of his attempt to stave off a vote to hold him in contempt of Congress" - the condition of the meeting being that Congress will no longer investigate / ask questions.

Were the National news media half as imaginative as it was during the Bush administration, it would ask what, back then, seemed an obvious kind of question: If Holder is held in contempt, will Obama pardon him?

Yes, the president can pardon that offense, and previous presidents have. It is also reported that, on Wednesday, Issa's panel "is scheduled to vote on whether to place the attorney general in contempt of Congress for not complying with the powerful Republican’s subpoena for documents related to Fast and Furious."

Holder says the DOJ has offered detailed answers to Issa's inquiries as well as "a serious, good faith proposal" to bring the matter to an "an amicable resolution." He also says his offer is an "extraordinary accommodation." And that is the chatter of a man who may very well want the support of the President in a tight spot. See story here.

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